On this day in auto history - November 21st

Sat 21st Nov 2020

It was on this day in 1995 that the much-maligned Citroen Saxo was officially unveiled to the media ahead of its impending launch.

Based largely on Peugeot’s 106, the supermini - which was available in three and five door form - replaced the ageing AX in Citroen’s line-up but was criticised for being small, light and basic.

The cheap-looking dash and sparse equipment also suffered in comparison to other sexier models in the segment, whilst the Saxo was also said to be prone to excessive engine noise.

Despite the lukewarm reviews, the Saxo found a niche and sold over 250,000 models before production was discontinued in 2003 with the Citroen C2 replacing it.