The Citroen C3's front bumper uses Faurecia's energy-absorbing metal-polypropylene hybrid technology that lessens the effect of a collision, especially between the car and a person.
Faurecia's contribution helped the C3 to earn a top score in pedestrian leg impact tests done by EU car-testing organization EuroNCAP.
Faurecia also developed the C3's door panels, instrument panel bumpers, acoustic package and exhaust system.
Citroen launched the new second-generation C3 at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. The car isa rival to the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo rival and has a choice of three diesel and four gasoline engines, which can be mated to a five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission depending on the engine varian).
Arguably the most noticeable feature on the C3 is its so-called Zenith panoramic windshield, which is supplied by Saint-Gobain Sekurit, which is a subsidiary of France's Saint-Gobain. The single-laminated-glass component is 1,525mm (just over 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. supplies the C3's multilayer fuel tank, the first time the company has supplied this component to Citroen parent PSA/Peugeout-Citroen SA. The supplier produces the fuel tank in Lokeren, Belgium. The UK-based partsmaker also 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.
Other important safety features include ABS and electronic stability control (ESC) from Continental AG. ABS and ESC are standard equipment across the new C3's range.
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 13,250 euros (about $18,426) in France
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