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CitroŽn Visa series II 


In the early eighties, Heuliez was tasked with revising the Visa to rejuvenate to the car and later to extend the range to include sports and luxurious versions.

The changes were subtle,  featuring new bumpers, a new grille, black detailing to visually enlarge the glass surfaces and new tail lights ... As a result of this redesign sales of Visa increased by 52% between 1981 and 1982, and it became the most exported French car in 1982.

For the  ridiculously low sum of 250,000 francs in 1981, Heuliez dressed up  the Visa elongating the silhouette and transformed it into the Visa II ...

Much less idiosyncratic to look at than the original Visa, the series II was very successful, remaining in production until 1989 while the C15 light van remained in production until 2005.

In 1983, a new Visa L was introduced, together with the 1,4 litre, 168 kph Visa GT.

The next addition to the Visa range was the 1984 launch of the Diesel 17 D and 17 RD models and new names for the Super E which became either the Visa 11 E or Visa 11 RE.

In 1985 came the 1.4 litre Visa 14 and the 1,6 litre, 188 kph Visa GTi and in 1987 came the 1,0 litre Visa 10 and a new dashboard without the PRN satellite.

The Visa was superceded by the AX.

A number of sports versions were built too including the 135 bhp Chrono and 4 x 4 Mille Pistes both of which proved very successful in competition.

A rag top dťcapotable was also built.

bootleg, three cylinder copy of the Visa was built in China.  

 


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