Citroen Bids ‘Adieu, Mon Ami’ To C1 As City Car Is Discontinued

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The rumors from October 2020 are true – the Citroen C1 is being discontinued and the last example of a city car is being launched from the Kolin factory in the Czech Republic. Since its original launch in 2005, the C1 has shipped to nearly 1.2 million customers across Europe. The small three- and five-door vehicles will remain in history as one of the most customizable models on the Old continent.

The first generation C1 was built between 2005 and 2014 and is available with two engine options – a 1.0 liter gas unit and a 1.4 liter diesel unit. At 135.2 inches (3,435 millimeters) in length, it is one of the smallest vehicles on the European market, which makes it the preferred choice of customers in large, congested cities. The second-generation model ditches the diesel engine but remains a solid seller with a four-star Euro NCAP rating.

Sharing the platform, powertrain and many components with the previous generation Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, the C1 will be effectively replaced by the Citroen Ami. The French manufacturer said the reason for discontinuing the C1 was “a change in the use of traffic in the city center and the desire to offer a very affordable electric solution in response to these new urban mobility needs.” It’s not officially confirmed yet, but we’re 99.99 percent sure Peugeot will also discontinue production of the 108.

Ayogo, meanwhile, remains the only model out of the three to survive. Now entering its third generation as a small-town crossover and adding the X suffix to reflect that, this model is larger than its predecessor and now measures 145.6 inches (3,700 mm) in length. Only one engine is available – a 1.0-liter petrol unit with 72 horsepower (53 kilowatts) and 69 pound-feet (93 Newton-meters) of torque.

As for the successor to the C1, the Ami is a tiny electric vehicle equipped with a 5.5 kWh battery that powers an electric motor with 8 hp (6 kW). The electric quadricycle can travel up to 43.5 miles (70 kilometers) on a single charge and has a top speed of just 28 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour).

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