As we know, the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 will not be sharing a platform with the upcoming all-new Aygo X. In fact, it’s apparent that these badges will be discontinued by the French group solely because they are no longer seen as feasible products.
Speaking to Autocar, Citroen CEO Vincent Cobée confirms that the Citroen C1 is likely to be discontinued once its lifecycle comes to an end. This comes after a report hinted that PSA’s venture with Toyota was due to come to an end with the Japanese manufacturer still being able to prove a business case for the micro product, which we now know is to reshape it into a small crossover.
Vincent Cobée has now pretty much confirmed that decision to end the Citroen C1 badge, saying: “That segment is being erased by the environmental pressure. It’s nearly impossible to continue.
“The fact is that a Citroen C3 is almost the equivalent price when you factor in residual values and ownership costs. On a lease, the price is almost the same.”
Due to the ongoing stringent emissions standards, development of engines and exhaust filtration systems has become rather costly to manufacturers.
A quote from Renault’s current CEO Luca de Meo earlier this year stated that supermini B-segment hatchbacks such as the Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo could double in price by 2025. He reveals that small cars with combustion engines are being hit badly by the rising costs of Europe’s stringent clean-air regulations and that we can expect the price of these small cars to double by 2025 when the Euro 7 parameters are implemented.
A battle is raging right now between car makers wanting to be the first to reach this crossing point, says de Meo. It will be a huge moment because it will democratise electric cars across Europe. The company that gets there first will be a big winner.