With help from Faurecia, the second-generation C4 Picasso is the first Citroen model that meets Euro 6 emission standards for diesel passenger cars. The minivan's BlueHDi engine has a selective catalytic reduction module from Faurecia that the automaker says helps reduce smog-causing nitrogen oxides, or NOx, by 90 percent when compared to Citroen's Euro 5-compliant diesel engines.
Euro 6 standards take effect in 2014.
The French supplier also provides just-in-time delivery of the C4 Picasso's hot and cold ends for the exhaust system as well as its instrument panel, center console, various acoustic parts and the complete front seat assembly.
The new vehicle is 140kg lighter than its predecessor. France's Plastic Omnium contributed to the reduction with its composite rear floor and trunk. The supplier claims the composite trunk floor, which is spot-welded to the car body, is 40 percent lighter than one made of steel. In addition, the assembly process for the carmaker is unchanged. Plastic Omnium also provides the C4 Picasso's composite tailgate. The part has an inner panel made from thermoset sheet molding compound. The unit comes together in a clamshell design with a polypropylene thermoplastic outer panel. The supplier says that this solution for the tailgate gave vehicle designers more styling flexibility than if the part was made from steel or aluminum. Plastic Omnium also supplies the C4 Picasso's front and rear bumpers.
The minivan is assembled at parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's plant in Vigo, Spain. Production began in March with output expected to peak at more than 160,000 units in 2014, according to a forecast from IHS Automotive.