Citroen has tweaked its range to boost to ten the number of models it offers with emissions of less than 100g/km CO2.
Three new C3 models debut with an efficient e-HDi 90 micro-hybrid diesel powertrain, featuring stop/start technology. The C3 e-HDi 90 Airdream manual VTR+ is priced at £15,490 and is rated at just 93g/km of CO2, with two other new e-HDi models rate at 98g/km. Fuel economy is an impressive 78.5mpg on the most efficient model.
The existing Citroen C3 HDi 70 manual VT has been rehomologated and now offers more efficient fuel consumption and lower emissions. CO2 output reduces from 112g/km to 99g/km with improved fuel economy of 74.3mpg over the combined cycle, up from 65.7mpg. Two models with this engine (which does without the stop/start of the e-HDi) are available, the cheapest at £13,390.
The popular DS3 range also gets tweaked with the DS3 e-HDi 90 Airdream manual DStyle 95g coming in at, yep, 95g/km. Two other DS3s now also come in below the magic figure of 100g/km and the cheapest starts at £14,600.
The family sized C4 e-HDi 110 Airdream EGS6 VTR+ is also rehomologated, with sub-100g/km emissions thanks to a new Aerodynamic Pack and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres. These efficiency boosting measures reduce CO2 emissions from 109g/km to just 98g/km — one of the lowest for a vehicle in this class and beating the Astra EcoFLEX we covered a week ago. This model costs £19,845.
Add Citroen’s C-Zero EV vehicle (based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV) which is zero rated at the tailpipe for CO2 and you have the full ten. This model costs £23,155 once the Government’s £5,000 EV incentive has been applied.
Not only do drivers of low-CO2 models benefit from improved efficiency to combat rising fuel prices, but there is also free VED (car tax) and London congestion charge exemption. Business users also enjoy the lowest possible BIK tax rates – zero for the C-Zero and just 13 per cent for the nine other diesel powered models mentioned.