Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment system as key attractions for the latest-generation minicar. The C1 is a sibling to the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo but neither the Aygo nor the 108 offer an open-top version like the C1 Airscape. Its only rival in the segment is the Fiat 500C.
Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
The C1 is Citroen's first model to feature Mirror Screen technology, which allows the driver or passengers to copy smartphone content through a USB port onto the 7-inch screen interface for easy display and control.
Two main customer demographics are targeted: Young, mostly women, drivers, typically under 30 and older couples looking to downsize.
Two gasoline engines (82-hp 1.2-liter and 69-hp 1.0-liter).
196-liter trunk space rises 780-liters with the rear seats folded down.
Is the Airscape noisy with the roof open?
An aero-acoustic deflector deploys when the roof to reduce in-cabin turbulence and limit noise.
The C1 Airscape has a canvas soft-top running along almost the entire length of the roof. It is rolled back electronically by a switch in the ceiling panel. Citroen product chief Pierre Monferrini said the Airscape variant and a touchscreen compatible with smart phones make the C1 "like a subcompact car for the minicar sector."
Launch date: June to October (Europe)
Base price: 9,950 euros (France)
Where built: Kolin, Czech Republic
Annual production: 100,000 units
Lowest CO2 emissions: 88 g/km
Main rivals: Kia Picanto, Seat Mii, Hyundai i10
The C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo share a platform, engines and are built in the same factory. Only their front ends and rear bumpers are different.
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The C1's front end has the key characteristics of the brand’s newest models, with a two-part headlight signature and integrated LED daytime running lights. The front-end styling creates "a smiling front-end gaze” and emphasizes the car’s cheerful design, Citroen says. The C1 is available in three and five-door versions.