Citroen C3 arrives in NZ – on sale from $24,990

Citroen C3 arrives in NZ – on sale from $24,990

The Citroen C3 has touched down in New Zealand, with the French car maker’s all-new small car making its debut in showrooms before Christmas with an entry level price of $24,990 plus on road costs.

“The Citroen C3 transformed the Australian perception of Citroen,” claims Lawrie Malatios, General Manager of Citroen New Zealand. “It brought to our market for the first time small Citroens which, although they have played a major role in the European car market for most of Citroen’s history, had not been seen here. The arrival of the C3 brought a whole generation of young car buyers to Citroen for the first time, as well as a considerable number of female buyers. The new C3 will expand and develop its role of introducing the benefits of Citroen ownership to young car buyers, but, at the same time, with its sophisticated styling and performance, it will also be attractive to people wishing to downsize their car without any loss of style, comfort and driving pleasure.”

In addition, thanks to the availability of the unique panoramic Zenith windscreen, new C3 provides a spacious cabin. As one of the most compact models in the small car sector (9 cm shorter than 207 and Clio); the new C3 has a generous cabin environments and a class-leading 300-litres of boot space.

On the road, new C3 combines refined performance with a smooth ride and nimble handling.  The designers’ focus on the control of weight and optimising aerodynamics means the new C3 is one of Citroën’s most CO2-efficient models. To further promote money-saving greener driving, most versions feature a Gear Efficiency Indicator (GEI), which alerts the driver at the optimum moment to change gear – helping them to minimise fuel consumption.

In terms of equipment the new C3 is available with Bluetooth and USB connectivity for portable media players as standard on the Exclusive versions and optional on other variants. The new C3 also benefits from a six-speaker audio system, with the availability of a new optional eight-speaker Hi-Fi system for concert theatre-like sound quality.

The New C3 will initially be offered with a choice of two petrol power-plants — one of which was co-developed with BMW.  With a combined cycle fuel economy of as little as 6.3 l/100 km and carbon dioxide rating of 145 g/km the C3 is hoping to appeal to enviromentally conscious kiwis.

For safety the new C3 features an array of active and passive equipment, including a reinforced body structure and ESP, ABS with EBD, up to six airbags, EBA as standard, as well as the availability of cruise control with speed limiter on two of the three variants.

The new C3 will be offered in Citroën’s three core trim levels — VT, VTR+ and Exclusive.

Prices start at $24,990 plus on road costs for the Citroën C3 VT, while the VTR+ costs $29,990 with the combination of a petrol engine and an automatic gearbox. Topping the range is the C3 Exclusive with the petrol engine/automatic gearbox priced at $34,990. Quoted prices are exclusive of on road costs.

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