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Is the new Citroen C1 confused?

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 20, 2012
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Is the new Citroen C1 confused? It appears to be, as from its launch in April 2012 this run- around will be available with steering wheel mounted paddle-shift transmission. That is the sort of gadget we see on hard-core racing machines, not cheap-as-chips city cars. What next? Perhaps the manufacturer will bolt solid rocket boosters to the chassis, or shoehorn a few thousand bhp under the pint-sized bonnet. At least this racing-style gearbox helps the new C1 stand out from the crowd – and traditionalists will still be able to choose a standard five-speed manual model. What a relief. I would hate to confuse it with an F1 car.

The new Citroen C1 has a few more tricks to make its predecessor redundant. It will be more fuel efficient, for starters, so it will average up to 65.7mpg. Emissions fall as low as 99g/km, making some versions eligible for free road tax and exempt from the London congestion charge. Furthermore, its 1.0-litre 68bhp engine will be wrapped-up in new bodywork. Expect to see a shorter bonnet, new nose, and LED running lights. Further enhancements will include the 'Connecting Box' that includes Bluetooth and a USB socket. Very nice too. Prices for this workhorse will start at about £8,000, plus the rocket boosters.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 20, 2012