The CitroŽn C3 is a supermini hatchback model that French auto manufacturer CitroŽn has manufactured since 2002. Itís the companyís answer to retiring the CitroŽn Saxo, a similar subcompact city car that the brand manufactured between 1996 and 2004. As of 2019, there have been three generations of the C3. Owners of the C3 can make their ownership experience much better by picking up a copy of the CitroŽn C3 workshop manual to help familiarize themselves with their carís configuration, as well as prepare for inevitable maintenance needs.
Itís available in a five-door hatchback style, although the first generation did come in a two-door convertible model, and the second generation offered a three-door hatchback model, which is available as the DS3.
A front-engine, front-wheel drive layout allows the C3 to be ultra-compact for a hatchback, thanks to the lack of need for a driveshaft: the whole drivetrain fits into the C3ís front compartment, giving you more valuable space inside. All C3s share in common a long, curvy (yet slim) body and profile, keeping in kind with other CitroŽn models.
Worldwide, the C3 comes in a few different flavors: it was available in a high-roof, supermini MPV version called the C3 Picasso, and as a mini SUV (the C3 Aircross) in South America. In 2005, a redesign saw the C3 with redesigned, crystal rear lights, an enhanced passenger side with a higher quality dashboard, and metallic gray embellishments in the interior for a more luxurious riding experience. The restyle also involved improve power steering and the addition of diesel engines to the range.
The CitroŽn C3 won the distinction of being the most efficient small car in 2014. While it does come in two diesel versions (the 1.4L DV4 I4 and the 1.6L DV6 I4), the petrol engine that runs most of the C3s is available in 1.1L, 1.4L, or 1.6L configurations, offering increased efficient operation and better road mileage.
Todayís third generation CitroŽn C3 takes its exterior detailing from the Picasso, with Airbump molding and a slimmer, yet still curvy, front of the vehicle. Other new features included fog light trim, side mirror trim, and contrasting roof shades for an eye-catching look. This iteration of the C3 produced over 3,400,000 units in just three years, with 215,800 in worldwide sales.
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