Dongfeng T21 - a Peugeot wearing chevrons
It has now been confirmed that this car, a rebadged 206, will be marketed as the C2 in China where the 206 is already built but is apparently not selling very well. The CitroŽn brand is better known than the Peugeot brand in China.
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This is what CitroŽn has to say on the subject:
Above - the Peugeot 206
CITROňN LAUNCHES A NEW COMPACT HATCHBACK IN CHINA
in China since 1992, CitroŽn is now consolidating its position with a
new vehicle developed specially for this market and scheduled for
launch at the end of 2006.
Fourteen years of experience
is a key player in the Chinese market, with more than 600,000 vehicles
produced and sold over the past fourteen years. The Marque's sales
results for first-half 2006 showed an increase in volumes of more than
12% compared with first-half 2005, with 60,000 vehicles sold.
A complete and diversified range
Absent until now from the supermini segment in China, CitroŽn is counting on the C2 to continue building sales in this market. With this new vehicle produced at the Wuhan site (in Hubei province), CitroŽn now has a full range of models meeting the specific requirements of customers whose knowledge and enthusiasm for cars is growing by the year. Alongside more traditional vehicles, such as the Fukang and Elysťe, the Marque's line-up comprises imported models such as the C5 and C6, and locally produced vehicles based on its latest products, such as the C2, Xsara Picasso and C-Triomphe.
Dynamic, stylish lines
The C2 is aimed at a young, dynamic customer base, looking for modern design and styling. The car's prestige looks promise both power and personality, as illustrated by the expressive front end. The generous, determined-looking radiator grille rises up to the headlamps, whose tapering design brings to mind C-Triomphe and other recent Marque vehicles.
High standards of roadholding and comfort
The C2 stands apart for exceptional dynamic qualities and suspension comfort that are among the best in the segment. Reaping the benefits of CitroŽn's long-standing expertise, the running gear is optimised to endow the C2 with impeccable road manners. The wishbone MacPherson-type front suspension ensures precise steering. The trailing-arm rear suspension guarantees exemplary roadholding, excellent cornering stability and exceptional comfort.
An engine range tailored to requirements
C2 is available with two petrol engines 1.4i (75 bhp DIN and 120 Nm at
3,400 rpm) and 1.6i 16V (106 bhp DIN and 142 Nm at 4,000 rpm). Both
engines have been adapted to take into account the characteristics of
Chinese fuel, along with the specific climatic and geographic
characteristics of this country, in order to guarantee maximum
driveability in all conditions of use.
A wealth of equipment
C2 range comprises two levels of trim: SX and EX. Both feature a
generous array of comfort and safety equipment. From the first level of
trim, the C2 boasts ABS with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution),
driver and passenger airbags, power steering, air conditioning, a
CD-radio, central locking with plip control and electric windows at the
front. The EX version boasts leather upholstery, electric windows at
the rear, electric rearview mirrors, an aluminium interior pack, chrome
strips underlining the side mouldings and a chrome tail pipe. All
versions, excepting the 1.4 SX, are equipped with 15-inch light alloy
|© 2006/2011 Julian Marsh/CitroŽnŽt - thanks to Erik van Ingen Schenau and the China Motor Vehicle Documentation Centre|