PARIS - Citroen is going for a bigger piece of the small station wagon market with its new Xsara wagon.
The wagon is the third model in the range after the hatchback and coupe. The hatch was launched in September and the coupe in January.
A Xsara-based competitor for the Renault Scenic compact minivan is expected to be introduced at the Paris auto show in October 1998.
Citroen says that sales of lower-medium wagons in western Europe totalled 580,000 units last year. The GM Astra led with 226,000 units, followed by the Ford Escort (158,000), Volkswagen Golf (82,000) and Citroen ZX (34,700).
Prices in France range from FF91,000 ($15,100) to FF129,000 ($21,500) and average FF4,000 more than the sedan.
The Xsara wagon measures 4354 mm long, 190mm more than the hatchback.