July 6, 2016

Citroen Australia Bids ‘Adieu’ to C5 with Final 62 Vehicles

Citroen Australia will farewell its flagship C5 with a total of 62 sedan and touring variants marking the end of the model and its trailblazing hydro-pneumatic suspension system in Australia.

First applied to the Traction Avant in 1954, the final C5 pays homage to the number of years Citroen has offered its innovative and cossetting hydro-pneumatic suspension system.

Over its 62-year lifetime, Citroen’s iconic suspension has provided a magic carpet ride for close to 10,000 Citroen customers in Australia, across models such as DS, CX, GS, BX, XM, Xantia, C5 and C6*.

Ten of the final C5s were specially secured from the factory for long-time Citroen customers and are distinguished by dual exhausts and “BlueHDi” badging.

The dual exhausts and badges signal the fitment of PSA Group’s highly efficient yet powerful BlueHDi 2.0 litre, turbo-diesel engine which develops 133kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

All 10 are the only Australian-delivered C5s to feature this drivetrain and have been pre-sold – guaranteeing their collectability.

The remaining 52 vehicles are also powered by a 2.0 litre turbo-diesel but with 120kW and 340Nm. Twenty per cent have been pre-sold.

All 62 vehicles – 25 sedans and 37 tourings – gain enhanced on-board technology with a 7-inch touchscreen as standard, digital radio, 16GB jukebox, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link.

Along with the new on-board technology, all C5s feature hydro-pneumatic suspension with multiple ride height adjustment for varying road conditions, reversing camera, satellite navigation, sunroof (panoramic roof on touring models), heated front seats, massaging driver’s seat, rear seat side and rear window shades as well as Bluetooth and USB input.

Optional equipment (fitted to selected vehicles) extends to 19” Adriatic wheels finished in gloss black with a machined face, metallic paint or premium sound system.
General Manager of Citroen Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, said C5 had built a cult following in Australia and the final examples would not last long.

“Over the past six decades Citroen’s hydro-pneumatic suspension has become synonymous with comfort and the final C5’s are no different,” Bruesewitz said.

“Based on pre-sales, the last examples of hydro-pneumatic Citroens in Australia will be snapped-up very quickly.

“While it’s sad to see both C5 and the hydro-pneumatic suspension system leave Australian shores, Citroen fans should rest assured that comfort will remain a top priority with a range of new vehicles being developed under the Citroen Advanced Comfort program.”

The “Citroën Advanced Comfort®” program pursues four objectives:

–    To filter out any exterior interference for a cocoon-like ride, with solutions for suspension vibration and acoustics bringing driving comfort;
–    To simplify life on board with generous, space functional storage compartments and an ingenious layout for living comfort;
–    To create a smoother experience with intuitive technology, driving aids that can be used every day and digital continuity between passengers and the car for functional comfort and;
–    To ensure peace of mind by supporting drivers, organising readouts to display only information that is truly useful and creating a relaxed interior ambience for comfort of mind.

Through this program, Citroën has developed a new suspension system which has been designed to improve damping while maintaining the key brand characteristics valued by its customers.

The operating principle is simple but the result impressive. Whereas a conventional suspension system comprises a shock absorber, a spring and a mechanical stop, Citroën’s system adds two hydraulic stops – one for rebound and one for compression – on either side.

In this way, the suspension functions in two stages depending on input.

In cases of slight compression and rebound, the spring and shock absorber work together to control vertical movement without needing the hydraulic cushions.

However, these stops endow the vehicle with greater freedom of articulation to deliver a “flying carpet” effect, creating the impression that the car is flying over any bumps and dips in the road.

In cases of more significant compression and rebound, the spring and shock absorber work together, bringing in the compression or rebound hydraulic cushions at the end of travel. These stops gradually — but forcefully — slow down the movement to avoid quick stops at the end. Unlike a conventional mechanical stop, which absorbs the energy then partially returns it, the hydraulic cushion absorbs and dissipates the energy. As a result, there is no rebound.

With this innovative technical solution, the Citroën vehicles of the future will deliver an exceptional level of comfort specific to the brand and always appreciated by its customers.

This refinement will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles but will also be available on the city-car segment and in all markets.