Citroën has dropped the Picasso name from its C4 MPV fashions in favour of Spacetourer so that you can align them extra carefully with its biggest other folks service.
A spokesman advised Autocar that the newly named C4 Spacetourer and Grand C4 Spacetourer fashions would now have “a better synergy” with the emblem’s better Spacetourer MPV, which will seat as much as 9 passengers.
The Picasso name, which has been used at the C4 5 and seven-seat MPVs since their start in 2006, was once mentioned to have created an undesirable “break between the mid and large-sized MPVs”.
Citroën mentioned the clearer alignment would higher illustrate the trio of Spacetourer fashions’ shut dating. They’re all constructed at the EMP2 platform.
Sales of the C4 MPV fashions have remained sturdy regardless of a downturn within the phase’s call for. Citroën offered 99,254 C4 Picassos and Grand C4 Picassos in Europe closing 12 months, even if that was once a 7013-unit lower on 2016’s overall.
The Spacetourer, which was once been in manufacturing since 2016, falls right into a extra area of interest phase and its gross sales replicate that. The company offered 8837 Spacetourers in 2017, however the type was once in heaviest call for on the finish of the 12 months, suggesting it’s going to tremendously give a boost to on that quantity in 2018.
While Citroën’s European gross sales have remained sturdy, the emblem struggles in China, the place its gross sales had been down 47.three% in 2017 amid a slowing financial system. Brand boss Linda Jackson advised Autocar previous this 12 months that, with the exception of China, Citroën’s gross sales rose by means of 7.five% in 2017.
Citroën’s smallest other folks service, the Berlingo Multispace, is set to get replaced with a brand new model that can be displayed on the Geneva motor display subsequent week. The new type, which may be constructed at the EMP2 platform, has inherited the emblem’s newest design language.
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