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Ready… steady… go! Citroen geared up for World Rally Championship

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The moment that WRC fans have been desperately waiting for is finally upon us: in a few days, the 2017 World Rally Championship will get underway on the stages of the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The Citroën C3 WRC – designed to meet the new FIA regulations – will be making its competitive debut. Driven by Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau, two cars have been entered for the opening round of the season.

Apart from the prestige evoked by its name, Rallye Monte-Carlo owes much of its reputation to the unpredictability of the rallying conditions.

In January, the roads in the hills of the south-west of France can be snow-covered, icy, wet or just dry, meaning that in a single stage, drivers can experience all of these conditions.

Tyre choice is therefore of critical importance. It's all about estimating, for an entire loop of stages, what represents the best compromise. Gaps can open up and disappear very quickly, making the race even more exciting.

On this, the 85th running of the event, the oldest rally in the world will be spread over four days. On Thursday, 19th January, the rally will get underway in the evening, with the ceremonial start in Monaco.

The crews will then head towards Gap, where they will tackle two evening stages, one of which is new this year. After a short night's rest, day two promises to be incredibly intense, with two loops of three stages contested in the Isère and Hautes-Alpes departments.

On Saturday, the competitors return to Monaco, completing five stages on the way. The final leg, contested with no service, will see the crews tackle the famous Col de Turini.

The rally is scheduled to finish in the Principality on Sunday, 22nd January, in the early afternoon.

The start of a new season is invariably the source of great interest for rally fans. But this year, the excitement has been ramped up with the introduction of new cars, more powerful and spectacular than their predecessors.

In addition to the new regulations and cars, this year's driver transfer market has been particularly eventful and intriguing, so much so that we enter the 2017 season with a large number of unknowns and variables.

On its return as a works team to the WRC, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT has generated a lot of interest, but no one is getting carried away in the ranks of the Red Army. Everyone is eager to see the first times, with a mix of excitement and anxiety, to find out if the results of all the hard work over the last two years or so meet the ambitions of the brand.

At four of the year's first five rallies, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT will only enter two C3 WRCs.

This time, Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau have been tasked with scoring points towards the Manufacturers' World Championship. Meanwhile, Craig Breen/Scott Martin will be competing in a previous generation car. They will therefore be able to score points in the Drivers' World Championship.

Last year, Kris Meeke was fighting for the lead before he had to retire. Meanwhile, Stéphane Lefebvre finished fifth, which remains his best result in the World Championship. This year, the team-mates will have the same ambition: eliminate the unknowns and manage the variables as they try to solve the tricky equation posed by the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Citroen Racing ready to unveil C3 WRC Concept car

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GET READY: The world will get an exclusive first look at the C3 WRC concept car at this year’s Paris Motor Show

GET READY: The world will get an exclusive first look at the C3 WRC concept car at this year’s Paris Motor Show

Citroën Racing is getting ready for its big comeback to the FIA World Rally Championship, bringing with it a new challenge and adventure for a team with renowned expertise. It is also another way for the brand to support the launch of New Citroën C3: an energetic car with a unique shape that packs a real punch under the bonnet.  

Designed by the Citroën style centre in partnership with Citroën Racing, the concept car offers an extreme version of New Citroën C3, muscular and chiselled, with striking visual design. The concept car heralds the arrival of the new rally car that will compete for the first time at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2017.

Already boasting three Drivers’ World Championship titles in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), Citroën is making another push in its product offensive with New C3.

The Citroën team is already more than familiar with the WRC, having won eight manufacturers’ titles and boasting a record 96 wins. Such a competitive championship is perfectly suited to the technical foundations of New C3 and its energetic character.

Very close to the finished WRC challenger, the C3 WRC concept car hints at the intentions of the Citroën style centre without giving away its final form.

Based on New C3, it retains all of its curves and fresh appeal. This ultra-sporty, brawny, and chiselled version incorporates the stylistic elements of the production model: with its two-level light signature, two-tone body/roof and accents matching the colours of the roof.

The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than New C3, affording greater aerodynamic freedom including a spoiler for the front bumper.

The C3 WRC’s exterior has been adapted for the racing world with bumpers that accentuate the car’s look, as do the dual chrome chevrons that extend across towards the LED daytime running lights. The decorative touches have also been enhanced: the roof is adorned with a gel capsule and a yellow border.

As for the wing mirrors, they have been sculpted from carbon for a real racing look, and come in yellow to echo one of the colours available on New C3.

While the final version that will compete in the WRC will be fully compliant with FIA WRC regulations, the C3 WRC concept car is already almost there.

While waiting for the C3 WRC’s debut on the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2017, visit the Citroën stand in Hall 1, Aisle C, Stand 320.

Citroën’s new city car

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New Citroën C1, a cute-looking little city car will go on sale in the UK in July, with an equally cute price of just over £8,000.

Available with three and five doors, the new C1 range starts at just £8,245 for the C1 Touch VTi 68 manual 3-door, rising to £11,935 for the new C1 Airscape Flair VTi 68 ETG 5-door.

citroen C1 2014

citroen C1 2014

With eight body colours to choose from, including four metallic options, three colour choices for the fabric roof, three wheel designs and four interior upholstery finishes, the car offers a sweet and tempting option for young buyers thinking of buying their first motor.

The New C1 range is powered by two latest-generation petrol engines: a VTi 68, available with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed gearbox, or as an e-VTi 68 Airdream 5-speed manual with Stop & Start technology. There is also the addition of Citroën’s latest 3-cylinder ‘PureTech’ VTi 82 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Generously equipped, the lead-in New Citroën C1 Touch standard specification includes ABS, EBA, ESP, power steering, high frequency remote central locking, electric front windows, six airbags, an MP3 compatible audio system, a USB socket and LED daytime running lights.

Optional extras include automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry & start and styling details such as black leather upholstery and various interior colour packs.

Pretty in pink

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Citroën has launched a new range of DS3 special editions, obviously targeting the young female market.

Citroën say that their DS3 Pink is a fun, fresh and fuchsia take on the award-winning supermini.

All DS3 Pink models feature a fuchsia pink roof, door mirrors and wheel centre caps. The striking pink theme continues inside the cabin, with a fuchsia dashboard and a colour coded gear lever knob adding a splash of colour to the interior.

DS3 Pink versions are available with ‘Polar White’ or ‘Perla Nera Black’ body colours and feature additional specification above and beyond the existing DStyle and DSport equipment levels. There are four engines to choose from across the two trim levels.

Citroen DS3 Pink Edition

Citroen DS3 Pink Edition

Owners of the DS3 DStyle Pink will enjoy 16-inch ‘Ashera’ Black or White alloy wheels - to match the chosen body colour - as well as a HiFi System upgrade with additional speakers on top of the usual DStyle specification.

Meanwhile, the range-topping DSport Pink boasts 17-inch ‘Bellone’ Black or White alloys, plus the addition of a ‘City Signature’ pack, which includes automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, heated and electric folding door mirrors and a front central armrest.

DS3 DStyle Pink is available with either a VTi 120 petrol engine or an e-HDi 90 Airdream diesel powerplant that produces just 95g/km of CO2. DS3 DSport Pink is powered either by a punchy and engaging THP 155 petrol or an impressively efficient e-HDi 115 Airdream diesel engine - both are mated with 6-speed manual transmissions.

Exclusive to the UK, the eye-catching models are on sale from January 2014, with prices starting from just £15,675.