Citroen supplies fleet for Paralympic World Cup

Athletes will use the C3 Picasso, C-Crosser, Grand C4 Picasso and C5 to travel to events such as wheelchair basketball, football, swimming and athletics.

The vehicles will be used by teams from 31 countries, including four-time Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius. Known as ‘Blade Runner’ because of the carbon-fibre transtibial lower legs he uses, the South African is the defending champion of both the 100m and 400m titles.

Other athletes include Great Britain star David Weir, who will be racing in the 800m and 1,500m events which he won last time around. Previous medallists Ian Jones, Shelly Woods, Eleanor Simmonds and Libby Clegg will also compete against teams from Europe, America and the Rest of the World.

The Citroen C3 Picasso MPV seats five and will be used to transport individuals and equipment. Meanwhile, the larger and more versatile Grand C4 Picasso will by employed to carry groups and larger equipment to the events.

Equipment will not be a problem for the C-Crosser SUV, which features a 5+2 seating configuration to increase the loading space for wheelchairs and other sporting equipment.

The more executive Citroen C5 saloon will provide a more luxurious ride for athletes. The large family car provides good suspension and ride comfort for the World Cup participants.

The cars will be used between the venues at the Manchester Regional Arena and the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Marc Raven, Citroën’s Communications Director, commented, "Citroën is honoured to be supporting these extraordinary athletes as they compete at this prestigious event."

The Paralympic World Cup runs from 25-31 May in Manchester and tickets are on sale now priced at £6 per session.