Perhaps the most instantly noticeable feature in the new second-generation Citroen C3 is its so-called “Zenith” panoramic windshield that is supplied by Saint-Gobain Sekurit (a subsidiary of France's Saint-Gobain). The single-laminated-glass component is 1525mm (a little more than 5 feet) long and encompasses the windshield and forward part of the C3's roof. The panoramic windshield gives the car a greater sense of spaciousness and allows more light inside. To protect front occupants from possible sun glare, the windshield has a 600mm tinted band where the glass meets the metal roof.
TI Automotive Ltd. provides the C3's multilayer fuel tank, the first time the company has supplied this component to Citroen parent PSA/Peugeout-Citroen SA. The company produces the fuel tank in Lokeren, Belgium. In addition, the UK-based supplier builds the fuel-delivery module in Chalons, France, and the tank top lines in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. TI Automotive also provides the C3's brake booster lines from Bursa, Poland, and the car's rigid brake lines come from Nazelles, France.
Faurecia SA, which is majority owned by PSA, developed the C3's door panels, instrument panel bumpers, acoustic package and exhaust system.
Continental AG provides ABS and electronic stability control (ESC), which is standard equipment across the new C3's entire range.
Citroen launched the new second-generation C3 – a sibling of the sportier DS3 – at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. The subcompact can be equipped with a choice of three diesel or four gasoline engines, which can be mated to either a five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission (depending on the engine variant).
Citroen assembles the C3 at its Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, plant. The factory, which is dedicated solely to the production of the C3, is scheduled to make more than 1,000 C3s a day. The new C3 costs 13,050 euros (about $17,320) in France.