Citroen C1 cars were introduced in 2005 and were designed to get great fuel economy as well as carry passengers in safety. The vehicle's stylish design is thanks to former Citroen designer Donato Coco, who has since moved from Citroen to Ferrari and Lotus.
Powered by a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder 998 cc petrol engine or a four-cylinder, 1.4 litre 1,398 diesel engine, the Citroen C1 can produce 54 horsepower and 67 horsepower, respectively. A primary selling feature of both new and used Citroen C1 cars is their fuel-sipping stinginess. Rated at 61.4 mpg (EU method: 43.4 mpg US method) for the petrol version and 68.9 mpg (EU method: 48.8 mpg US method), these city cars are not only reasonably priced but can save their drivers quite a bit of fuel money over the length of ownership.
Pre-2009 trim options included the entry-level Vibe (now the VT; 1.0 litre engine only); the Rhythm in a three-door or five-door version (now the VTR with a 1.0 litre petrol engine or 1.4 litre HDi diesel engine); and the Code in a three-door or five-door version (1.4 litre HDi diesel engine). The Code is the top-of-the-line model and offers partial leather seating, 14-inch alloy wheels, and some chrome interior trim.
2009 featured some style changes, with a new front bumper and grille that aligned more with the Citroen "look". A new Citroen C1 "Airplay" model was introduced at the 2006 British Motor Show. This car featured an iPod Nano as well as a docking station and connexion port. A "Cool" edition featured cool blue trim and air conditioning. Recently, the Electric Car Corporation began modifying and selling an all-electric version of the C1, which is enjoying a surge of popularity as petrol and diesel prices rise.
The C1 is at the top of its class in reliability according to a 2010 report by the German Automobile Club. Good performance, excellent fuel economy, and low operating costs (nearly zero for the all-electric conversion) are just some of the reasons that Citroen C1 sales have remained strong.