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Overview of the exhibits
Automobiles Citroën has been growing remarkably over the past few years, and with the objective to expand sales in the Japanese market, Citroën Japon, a wholly owned subsidiary, was established in 2002. As reference exhibits at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show, two new cars are being introduced for the first time in Japan: “C2” the new compact car that has just made its debut in September at the 2003 Frankfurt motor Show, and “C3 Pluriel” a unique model that can transform its appearance into a number of different styles, made possible only by Citroën. In addition, “C - Airdream,” a near future 2+2 coupé infused with Citroën’s latest technology, is being presented as a concept car. Commercially available models are also exhibited:“C3” a new generation compact model that was launched in the Japanese market last fall, “ Xsara” a well established high-grade medium size family saloon, and “C5” an upper middle model equipped with Citroën’s original hydraulic suspension. Furthermore, as a world premiere, the one and only “Citroën C3 Hermès” is being presented:its interior was specially designed by Hermès®, a leading fashion enterprise in France.




Ariake Frontier Bldg, B-12F, 3-1-25, Ariake, Kouto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063


Vehicles exhibited

  • Citroën C-Airdream (reference exhibit)
  • Citroën C2 (reference exhibit)
  • Citroën C3 Pluriel (reference exhibit)
  • Citroën C3 Hermès (reference exhibit)
  • Citroën C3 1.6 (commercial model)
  • Citroën Xsara 2.0 Exclusive (commercial model)
  • Citroën C5 V6 Exclusive (commercial model)
Highlights of the exhibits
Citroën C - Airdream (reference exhibit)

"Citroën C-Airdream" is a near-future 2+2 coupé concept car that was announced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. The slick, large coupé body, attained by a quest for aerodynamics, achieved a Cd of 0.28(Cd. A=0.58m2). In addition, in most of the parts concerning vehicle control, the latest technology of drive-by-wires is implemented. The steering system, including the steering, throttle, brake, and gear shift, is integrated on the steering wheel.
For power steering, a variable ratio is adopted. For the suspension, "HydractiveIII," Citroën's original hydraulic suspension, is installed, and a V6 3-liter engine is mounted.

Citroën C2 (reference exhibit)

"Citroën C2" is the latest 3-door compact car that just made its debut this September at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. In the compact car market in Europe, the 3-door model makes up 56% or more of the market share, and "C2" is expected to make a significant contribution to the further growth of Citroën. Though the body is compact with the full length being 3.66 m, it has a space large enough for four adults to move around comfortably. Its individuality is heightened by side windows having asymmetrical lines suggestive of dynamic driving performance, as well as by the interior having daring colors. The rear seat is easy to fold, and the right and left of the seat can slide separately: these characteristics make it possible to arrange the seat in a number of different ways. The rear hatch that opens and closes vertically enhances the usability of the boot.

Citroën C3 Pluriel (reference exhibit)

"Citroën C3 Pluriel" is a unique model that is made possible only by Citroën: it is protean and capable of transforming its shape into a saloon, panoramic saloon, cabriolet, spider, and spider pickup by the arrangement of the removable roof. It made its debut in 2002 at the Paris Motor Show. In 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, it was crowned with the "Cabriolet of the year 2003" Award. In addition to the new generation platform, the basic mechanism, including the suspension, power train, and electric power steering, is shared with "C3." Sales of it in Japan are scheduled for 2004, and a 1.6-liter engine and SensoDrive will be introduced. In the Citroën stand at the Tokyo Motor Show, demonstrations of the various roof arrangements will be performed.


Citroën C3 1.6

"Citroën C3" is the latest compact car that has been developed by combining Citroën's technology and personality together with the esprit of France. It made its debut in 2001 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and sales of it in Japan started in October 2002. Its features include the aesthetically pleasing arch of the roofline, and the distinctive round, voluminous styling; the bright and spacious interior fully equipped with sophisticated accessories; high practicality and safety considered to the maximum, all of which are possible only in French cars. "C3" won the "2003 RJC Car of the Year Import" award, and it has earned an excellent reputation from various quarters. For the Japanese specifications, 1.4-liter and 1.6-litter engines are available. For this motor show, "C3 1.6" installed with a semiautomatic "SensoDrive" is being exhibited, and it is equipped with the optional leather seats and the large electric glass sunroof.

Citroën C3 Hermès (reference exhibit)

Furthermore, as a world premiere, the one and only "Citroën C3 Hermès" is being exhibited. It is based on "C3 1.4" with an interior specially designed by Hermès®, a leading fashion enterprise in France. After the public display, it will be donated to "Médecins du Monde" the international humanitarian medical support group in France. It will be sold publicly at a charity auction that is being held by "Médecins du Monde Japon" and the profit will be utilized for their medical support activities.

Citroën Xsara 2.0 Exclusive

"Citroën Xsara" is Citroën's new generation family car that has sold approximately 1.4 million units all over the world between its debut in 1997 and the end of 2002. Recently it has been much talked about for its prominence at the WRC. For the Japanese specifications, a wide range of selections are available: the engine can be either 1.6 liters or 2 liters, the body type can be selected from a 2-door coupé 4-door saloon, or a station wagon, and the transmission can be either manual or automatic. This April, some partial modifications were made in the appearance, and the interior was upgraded. The car that is being exhibited is the highest grade "Xsara 2.0 Exclusive."

Citroën C5 V6 Exclusive

"Citroën C5" made its debut in 2000 at the Paris Motor Show. It is an upper middle saloon that was launched in the Japanese market in July 2001.
In addition to the powerful and impressive styling, the spacious interior is at the top level of its class, and it has fully equipped accessories, featuring "HydractiveIII," Citroën's original hydraulic suspension. Unrivaled comfort and advanced road holding performance are balanced at the highest level. Two body types are available in Japan, a sedan and a station wagon, with a choice of a 2-liter or a V6 3-liter engine. The car being exhibited is the highest grade "C5 V6 Exclusive."

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