Citroën C3 wins 2003 World Car Award
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Citroën C3 wins 2003 World Car Award

Date: 07 Oct 2003 Author Type: Registered Journalist
Author: Andrew Walker
The Citroën C3 continues to gain worldwide acclaim – adding the World Car Award to its growing list of accolades by winning this prestigious award at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show.

A jury made up of around thirty motoring journalists from around the world awards the prize at international motor shows. It is based on criteria relating to technology, the environment and international safety standards. The vehicles are also assessed in terms of their design and production quality.

The Citroën C3 beat a number of prominent rivals to claim the prize. This is the third time Citroën has claimed the trophy since it was created in 1991. The Xsara Picasso took the prize in Paris in 2000 and the C5 in Geneva in 2002.

Accolades to date:

The Citroën C3 has scooped numerous awards, such as: 2003 Imported Car of the Year – Japan, 2003 Compact Car of the Year – Netherlands, 2003 Car of the Year – Denmark, 2003 Car of the Year – Hungary, 2003 Car of the Year – Croatia, 2003 Auto Europe Prize – Italy, Most Beautiful Car in the World 2003 – Milan Italy, and now 2003 World Car Award - 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show.


Designed to challenge expectations, the Citroën C3 is a vehicle packed with new and innovative ideas made possible by the use of advanced technology and forward thinking design.

The C3 is based on a design of flowing purity, with two arches running the length of the body. The rounded, flowing roofline creates continuity between front and rear, while drawing attention to the exceptional height of the C3. Boasting the largest cabin in its class, the C3 has more front and rear elbowroom, front and rear shoulder width, front and rear legroom and upper body height than any other vehicle in this segment.

The C3 is also equipped with a wealth of stowage space, such as the sliding draw under both the driver and passenger seats, 2 glove boxes (the lower one is refrigerated), a central CD cubby and door pockets designed to hold bottles and cans, all combine to contribute to the pleasure of travelling.

The C3 is fitted with an electric, variable power steering system offering numerous benefits such as, reduced fuel consumption as there is no hydraulic pump, more precise steering and a substantial reduction in weight. Multiplex electrical architecture enables the C3 to boast innovative features such as the fully digital dashboard, stereo CD system which varies the sound volume according to the speed travelled, speed sensitive front and rear windscreen wipers, headlights that will stay on for one minute to see one safely down the driveway and a multi-function on-board computer. Multiplexing also minimises the amount of electrical circuitry, which not only reduces the overall weight but also increases reliability and simplifies repairs and systems checks.

Citroën`s approach to safety seeks to prevent accidents and to offer the highest levels of protection to vehicle occupants should an accident occur. The C3 meets and even exceeds the highest European, active and passive safety standards. Passive safety features such as side impact protection bars, a reinforced “ring-of-steel” around the occupant cell and heated side mirrors, are further enhanced by active safety features like ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), 4 airbags (the front two are “dual-stage”) and force limiting seatbelts with pyro-pretensioners.

Luxury features often only offered as options in more expensive vehicles are standard equipment in the Citroën C3. Variable electric power steering, 6 speaker RDS stereo CD player, digital climate control with pollen and odour filter, electric front windows, central locking, height adjustable driver and passenger seat, height and reach adjustable steering column, and electrically operated side mirrors all add to the impressive package that is the Citroën C3.
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