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September Launch For New Citroen C5

September Launch For New Citroen C5

The new Citroen C5 will make its New Zealand show room debut on Saturday 6 September, providing the French car maker with a replacement for the model that started Citroen’s renaissance and which has proven to be a benchmark for comfort, safety and diesel performance.

The Citroen C5 paved the way for the success of the Citroen C3, C4 and C4 Picasso, as well as providing a show case for Citroen technology in a wide range of areas, from safety to suspension and advanced engine technology. Until the arrival of the Citroen C6, the Citroen C5 also maintained Citroen’s reputation for luxurious large sedans that could cross continents in supreme comfort.

Available as sedan and, in the form of the Citroen C5 Tourer, a wagon that continues Citroen’s long running history of large, capacious estate cars, the new C5 is an all new car that boasts a strong styling statement and a long list of advanced equipment and features, including the legendary hydropneumatic suspension in its latest form, Hydractive 3+, that has made Citroen a byword for ride comfort.

With diesel power playing a dominant role in the existing Citroen C5 – some 85 per cent of C5 sedans and estates sold in New Zealand are Turbo Diesel – the new car will further extend its diesel share with a six cylinder diesel available for the first time in the C5. The 150 kW 440 Nm 2.7 litre Twin Turbo V6 was first seen in the Citroen C6 and is now set offer a new level of diesel ability in the new C5 when it arrives in September.

“Our plan was to launch the new C5 in October,” explains Lawrie Malatios, General Manager for Citroen in New Zealand, “but we have managed to have our first installment of production earlier than planned and this has enabled us to pull forward our launch by more than six weeks. The new Citroen C5 has been warmly welcomed in Europe as a significant advance on the existing car and offering new levels of performance and economy in a stunning new body, so we expect it to be another success for Citroen in New Zealand.”

Prices and specifications for the new Citroen C5 will be announced when it goes on sale in New Zealand on Saturday 6 September 2008.
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