Citroen will introduce a new model badging strategy at the Paris auto show in October with the launch of the replacement for the upper-medium Xantia.
The car will be called C5. It will be the first of a series of Citroens to adopt new letter and number configurations.
The alphanumeric badging policy is likely to be used again in 2003, when the replacement for the Saxo supermini will be launched as the C3.
Citroen showed the C3 as a concept car at the last Paris auto show in October 1998. The same badging system will likely be used with the C6 luxury sedan that was shown as a concept car at the Geneva auto show in March 1999. The C6 is expected to be launched in 2003.
The new badging system allows space for C2 (minicar) and C4 (Xsara replacement) models to follow.