CitroŽn has produced the CitroŽn C1 since 2005, one of the French brandís most popular city car models. Itís a product of the B-Zero project, a joint venture between CitroŽn and Toyota that looks to serve the European city car market manufacturing cars in the Czech Republic. Because itís an everyday driver, CitroŽn owners should pick up a copy of the CitroŽn C1 workshop manual to make sure theyíre always prepared for the unexpected.
The CitroŽn C1 is a four-seat hatchback, available in either a three- or five-door configuration with a slick body design by famous Italian auto designer Donato Coco. One of its most distinguishable features is the tail light cluster that appears on the rear doors, extending to the back window. The benefit? No C-pillar vertical support is needed, so the car looks even more slim and fast.
Itís also known as a rather economical model to operate, making it even more ideal for city driving. The CitroŽn C1 features a three-cylinder, 1.0L engine that can achieve over 60 miles per gallon fuel economy. It actually boasts the second-best fuel economy of any model using a petrol or a diesel engine, only beaten out by the Prius for petrol engines and the Smart ForTwo for diesel engines.
Looking for more trim? In the United Kingdom, the C1 comes in a variety of different configurations. Itís been available as The Vibe with a 1.0i economy engine; the Rhythm with a 1.4 HDi diesel engine, remote central locking, colored wing mirrors, and side airbags; and The Code with a 1.4 HDi engine, 14-inch alloy wheels, leather interior, and chrome interior trim, as well as a glove box cover.
It also comes as The Cool, which adds air conditioning and a blue interior to the Vibeís package; as well as The Airplay, which adds iPod connectivity and a colored dash insert to the Rhythmís basic package. Thereís truly a C1 for every driver.
In 2009, the CitroŽn C1 got a facelift, where it received the updated look that it still boasts today. The car received a facelift that rehauled the front bumper for a less-intrusive looking grille. The seat fabrics are more premium in the facelifted C1 than in the old models, and a limited edition Splash version was released to celebrate the new look - it came with a host of new features, including air conditioning, a CD player, and electric window controls.
A major improvement of the 2009 revamp was the petrol engineís new and increased fuel economy. The C1 emits just 106 grams per kilometer of CO2 and drives at over 70 miles per gallon on the highway, making it now an excellent choice for commuters as well as city drivers.
Thinking about picking up your own CitroŽn C1? Your first order of operations should be to track down a copy of the CitroŽn C1 service manual to make sure youíre prepared.