The Citroën C2 is a subcompact hatchback manufactured by the French automaker Citroën. It was introduced in 2003 and was discontinued in 2010. The Chinese Citroën C2 is basically a Peugeot 206 with a Citroën front-end.
Citroën C2 Overview
The Citroën C2 is a supermini car produced by the French automaker Citroën. It was introduced in 2003 as a replacement for the Citroën Saxo and was produced until 2009. The C2 was aimed at the younger demographic, and it was recognized for its unique styling and compact dimensions, making it suitable for urban environments.
The C2 was part of Citroën’s strategy to realign their small car range. While the Citroën C3 targeted a more general audience with its spacious interior, the C2 aimed to attract younger buyers with its sportier and more compact design. The C2 featured a distinct design with short overhangs and a split rear tailgate (which was rather unique for its segment). This tailgate design allowed for easier loading of luggage in tight spaces.
Over its production run, the C2 was offered with a variety of petrol and diesel engines. One notable variant was the C2 VTS, which was the sporty version of the lineup. It was equipped with a 1.6L petrol engine that provided spirited performance for a car of its size.
Citroën C2 Sales Figures
The C2 was generally well-received for its driveability, especially in city environments, and its distinct design. Some criticisms were aimed at its semi-automatic transmission and rear space. The C2’s production ceased in 2009, and while it wasn’t directly replaced, the Citroën DS3 (later known as the DS 3 under the standalone DS brand) and the Citroën C1 can be considered as spiritual successors in terms of market positioning.