Making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new CITROËN C3 strengthens and enhances the qualities of its predecessor. The result is even more C3 with new assets to win over customers!

The new CITROËN C3, set for launch in April 2013, will extend the success of the Brand’s leading model, which has sold in nearly 3 million units since 2002.

The new CITROËN C3 brings motorists even more C3, reasserting its unique qualities and standing apart with new strengths and advantages:

  • Even more “Créative Technologie”, in the shape of the Zenith windscreen, a proven success providing best-in-class visibility, as well as new, more efficient engines with CO2 emissions as low as 87 g/km, including the new PureTech petrol powerplants bringing 15% more power and a 25% cut in fuel consumption.   
  • Even more personality, with more assertive styling, a revitalised front end and new tail lights.
  • And even more optimism, softness and comfort, with warmer upholstery and new equipment for motoring well-being including a reversing camera for easier day-to-day manoeuvres. 


The exterior styling of the new CITROËN C3 denotes creativity at the service of well-being. The new model is soft by its curves and dynamic by its flowing, taut lines. The front end gets a new “smile” with restaged Brand chevrons and bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, providing a steelier gaze and extra expressiveness. Also more expressive are the new tail lights, combined with new reflectors set in the lower sides that underscore the sense of stability conveyed by the new CITROËN C3. The model gets new Encre blue body paint, expanding the palette to a total of nine colours. 

The new CITROËN C3 appeals with its body styling as well as with its meticulous interior. The cabin features well-crafted, top-quality materials including chrome surrounds and a thermo-coated dashboard, underlined by a new cross strip in matte black, warm brown or Moondust grey. The new CITROËN C3 is also home to new upholstery that perfectly matches the dashboard strips. And in an exquisite piece of detailing, the instrument cluster is backlit in white, for a contemporary look and easier-to-read driving information.


The new CITROËN C3 is one of the most compact vehicles in its segment. At 3.94 m long and 1.71 m wide with a 10.8 m turning circle, it is perfectly dimensioned for city driving.

The compact exterior hides a spacious interior. The new CITROËN C3 boasts a generously sized cabin, a 300 litre boot (among the largest in the category) and a plethora of storage compartments (central console, glove box, central armrest, etc.). The semi-high seats make access easy and give passengers a commanding view of their surroundings, as part of an approach focused on comfort and safety.


The new CITROËN C3 retains a feature central to its unique personality: the Zenith windscreen, providing best-in-segment visibility. Bringing the landscape into the cabin, this true technological feat makes for a whole new driving experience.

The Zenith windscreen increases the upward field of vision of front passengers by 80°. The exceptional length of the window, combined with ultra-slim pillars, gives motorists the impression of being outside while in. Strong solar protection at the top of the windscreen above the front passengers merges gradually into regular-transparency glass for forward vision.

The new CITROËN C3 also benefits from all of the Brand’s expertise in comfort. It brings all occupants real well-being through a soft ride, acoustic and vibration comfort, and the visual and olfactory comfort afforded respectively by the openness of the generous glazed surfaces and the scented air freshener.

Modern and user-friendly, the new CITROËN C3 is available with a reversing camera with parking aid sensors – a new technology that makes day-to-day manoeuvres easier – together with the RD4 MP3 audio system, the Connecting Box (Bluetooth hands-free kit, jack plug and USB socket), the eMyWay navigation system and the Hifi System®.


The new Citroën C3 is equally at ease in the city and out on the open road, with well-balanced road manners, ultra-controlled mass, optimised drag of 0.30, and a range of responsive and efficient engines.

The new CITROËN C3 is powered by the new-generation PureTech petrol engines, with 3 cylinders and a 1 or 1.2 litre capacity. These powerplants are economical on fuel and CO2 emissions but extremely lively in use. Some 52 patents were filed in the development of the new engine generation in order to bring down weight and bulk, optimise combustion and reduce friction, the aim being to cut fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by around 25% while making the powerplants more responsive. In short, the PureTech engines provide excellent performance with no detriment to pleasure. The VTi 68 and VTi 82 engines achieve remarkably low fuel consumption, between 4.3 and 4.5 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions, between 99 and 104 g/km. The VTi 120 engine, available with a manual or automatic gearbox, rounds out the petrol engine offer.

The new CITROËN C3 is available with five diesel engines, the HDi 70, e-HDi 70, HDi 90, e-HDi 90 and e-HDi 115. The three powerplants with micro-hybrid e-HDi technology boast the most efficient Stop&Start system on the market. The new CITROËN C3 has some of the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in its category, at as low as 87 g/km.

The CITROËN brand
CITROËN was born 90 years ago at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. A dynamic and creative brand, in 2010 it launched the DS line, a new line of distinctive products that today features the DS3, DS4 and DS5. Building on its “Créative Technologie” positioning, CITROËN markets a range including a full-electric car as well as vehicles equipped with e-HDi micro-hybrid and Hybrid4 full hybrid technology. The brand’s technological advance is also on show in the World Rally Championship, where it has amassed eight Constructors’ titles. In addition, the Marque is innovating in services with the CITROËN MULTICITY mobility offering. CITROËN has 10,000 customer contact points, presence in 90 countries and sold 1,265,000 vehicles in 2012.

February 27 2013

CITROËN and Hybrid Air Technology: A High-Tech Offensive for Environmental Performance

After pioneering the particulate filter and Stop&Start, leading the way in diesel hybrid technology with the Hybrid 4, and being the first to market an electric car, CITROËN is continuing the offensive at the Geneva Motor Show with another high-tech breakthrough: the Hybrid Air system.

A full-hybrid solution combining compressed air and hydraulic power, Hybrid Air draws upon expertise that is written into the Marque’s DNA.

It is an innovation that reflects CITROËN’s consistent aim of developing technologies available to everybody and for all types of use.

Hybrid Air delivers breakthrough performance with fuel consumption of less than 3 litres/100 km and no additional battery, for:

  • an even smaller environmental footprint,
  • a more affordable price
  • and no impact on onboard space.

This revolutionary technology is particularly well suited to models in the B and C segments as well as LCVs. On the Marque’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show, it can be seen on a CITROËN C3 prototype that boasts record-breaking fuel consumption of 2.9 l/100 km (69 g of CO2/km). It also cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 45% in urban driving, compared with an ICE vehicle fitted with the same engine.

Karim Mokaddem, Hybrid Air project manager, will be present during the press days. He will respond to requests for interviews and explain how Hybrid Air technology works, with details on operation and performance figures. Several events will be organised in front of the C3 Hybrid Air prototype, on 5 March at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00pm and on 6 March at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and midday

At Geneva, CITROËN is presenting Hybrid Air technology, a unique system developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën in cooperation with the Bosch® group and drawing upon the historic expertise of brand engineers in hydraulic systems for cars.

In 1955, with the DS, CITROËN launched a spectacular innovation: a system combining pressurised air with high-pressure hydraulics to control and manage the suspension, steering braking and semi-automatic gearbox.

In 1958, CITROËN engineers developed a prototype 2CV, a hybrid vehicle using pressurised air and hydraulics to boost the combustion engine. However, as there was no real market for the car, and technologies were lacking for its mass production, the project never became a reality.

In 2013, Hybrid Air technology is revolutionising the car industry.

Hybrid Air relies on proven sub-systems and technologies: a PureTech petrol engine, a compressed air energy storage unit, a hydraulic pump/motor unit and an automatic transmission with an epicyclic gear train. Eighty patents were filed by the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group during the development process An intelligent electronic management system manages input from the driver to optimise energy efficiency. Three operating modes are available:

  • Air power, with zero emissions,
  • Petrol power, using only the combustion engine,
  • Combined power, with the combustion engine and hydraulic motor working together.


Breakthrough features
Adapted for a CITROËN C3 VTi 82, the Hybrid Air system slashes fuel consumption by one-third to achieve a record-breaking 2.9 l/100 km over a combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 69 g/km. In urban driving conditions, the reduction in fuel consumption is around 45%.  

Affordable technology with global reach
Hybrid Air technology uses no additional batteries, so could be sold at an attractive price on both European and international markets. The technology operates at a constant level of efficiency, regardless of weather or driving conditions.  It could be developed not only in Europe, but also on all the other markets where the CITROËN brand is present. Easily adaptable for both passenger cars and LCVs, it is particularly efficient on B and C segment vehicles.

A technology that makes no comprises
The presence of the Hybrid Air system has no influence on interior space or boot capacity. The decision to opt for a system that is essentially mechanical simplifies servicing operations and makes for easier recycling at the end of vehicle life.

Real driving pleasure
Lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions go hand-in-hand with significant improvements in driveability, thanks to:

  • an automatic gearbox and epicyclic gear train with no break in torque,
  • improved performance, with the additional torque and power available in Combined mode,
  • a Stop&Start system using an alternator-starter.

System operation is smooth and completely transparent for customers,


Three operating modes for optimised efficiency
Hybrid Air is a coherent combination of several technologies. In operation, it relies on an intelligent electronic management unit to switch continuously between three driving modes. Optimizing energy efficiency in this way cuts fuel consumption and contributes to recharging the energy storage unit with compressed air.

Air mode
When Air mode is active, it works in the same way as ZEV mode on hybrid vehicles. The combustion engine is not used. The energy stored (compressed air) is transmitted to the wheels via the hydraulic motors and gearbox. Depending on traffic, this mode will concern between 60 and 80% of urban driving time. Maximum use of deceleration and braking energy will ensure efficient recharging of the compressed air unit. This mode is active up to 70 kph.

Petrol mode
Petrol mode transmits energy to the wheels without input from the compressed air unit. This mode is used primarily outside urban areas. Here again, the energy from deceleration and braking is recovered for the rapid benefit of ZEV mode or the boost function in combined mode.

Combined mode
In Combined mode, the combustion engine and hydraulic motor work together. This mode is used particularly during pick-up and strong acceleration, with a significant boost effect (total power of up to 90 kW) delivering a performance comparable to that of an engine in the next segment up.


The Geneva Motor Show will be an opportunity for visitors to discover the C3 Hybrid Air, a new step forwards in Créative Technologie. The prototype on show features a number of specific characteristics including:

  • new Michelin® tyres with specific sizing (165/50 R 18) that cuts fuel consumption by almost 0.2l/100km. This tyre has a particularly large diameter and reduced width for lower rolling resistance, weight and noise,
  • specific colours and materials, with anis-tinted wheels, exterior door mirror housings and headlight slats.

This prototype is swept from front to rear by a “car scan” function, showing the workings of Hybrid Air technology. A tool reflecting the spirit of the brand’s Créative Technologie.


CITROËN already markets a range of advanced technologies for all types of use:

  • Hybrid4 diesel hybrid technology available on the DS5 (25% of versions sold in Europe in 2012),
  • full electric with the C-ZERO city car and Berlingo LCV, available during the second quarter of 2013,
  • e-HDi micro-hybrid technology, the most well-rounded system on the market,  combining comfort and efficiency, and available on most brand models, for example: the e-HDi 70 engine on the CITROËN C3, which emits just 87g of CO2,
  • and PureTech, a new family of cleaner, more powerful petrol engines, increasing power by 15% and cutting fuel consumption/CO2 emissions by 25% compared with the previous generation of petrol engines.