Citroen improves C3 running costs

Citroen’s new C3 model is officially the most economical car the company has ever built. This new C3 supermini model has CO2 emissions of just 87g/km and combined fuel economy of an impressive 83.1mpg.

Jules Tilstone, Citroen UK’s marketing director, said: “Citroen is committed to driving down the cost of motoring and this new model is a perfect example of that.

“With impressive fuel economy, low CO2 emissions, a BIK rate at just 13%, free VED and the benefit of no London Congestion Charge, this stylish model is a financially and environmentally attractive addition to the Citroën range.”

The new model was first displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. Customers’ wait is now over because it will now be available to order this month with an on-the-road price of £15,290.

The new technology in the C3 Airdream, being the e-HDI micro-hybrid stop and start, is what gives it that economic edge. This new technology aids the diesel engines stop and start feature by giving it a boost with an electric motor when stopping at traffic lights for example.

With lots of petrol being used up in getting the car going again, the e-HDI gives it that boost that starts the engine again, but with help from the electric motor. Therefore fewer emissions are given off.

Tilstone added: “Underlining the brand’s firm environmental commitment, a full 50% of Citroën cars sold this year emit under 130g/km of CO2 and there has been a five-gram decrease in average CO2 emissions for the European range as a whole.”

More information on the new Citron C3 Airdream will be released at a later date.