On this day in auto history - September 13th

Mon 13th Sep 2021

It was on this day in 2001 that the first generation Citroen C3 was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale the following year.

The five-door supermini replaced the much-maligned Saxo in Citroen’s line-up and drew particular praise for its stylish cabin, relative comfort and value for money.

It wasn’t until 2009 that a well-received second generation C3 was introduced, offering slightly more size and curvature whilst advertising slogans played on the merit of an enlarged windscreen, labelling it “the visiospace”.

A third generation C3, featuring the same striking 'air bump flanks' utilised on the C4 was introduced in early 2018 and has helped broaden the appeal of the vehicle even further by attracting more style-conscious customers.

In all, the C3 has sold approaching 4 million units across Europe since its inception, helping it to fourth place in the supermini segment behind the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo.