On this day in auto history - January 3rd

Sun 3rd Jan 2021

It was on this day in 1992 that the much-hyped Citroen Xantia made its market debut.

Replacing the popular and profitable BX in Citroen’s line-up, the Xantia was a stylish, mid-ranged model which received rave reviews from press and public alike when formally unveiled the previous month.

Having won awards for its styling within a matter of months, the Xantia proved a substantial hit with the British car-buying public and also made a big impact in the fleet sector without quite matching the numbers of the Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Vectra.

Facelifted in 1998 and offered in a wide-range of engines, the Xantia went on to enjoy a nine-year production run, amassing over 1.2 million sales worldwide before it was replaced by the Citroen C5.