BRUSSELS SHOW: Citroen unveils its Mitsubishi-built voltswagen
Citroën took the wraps off its new Mitsubishi-built all-electric four-seater C-Zero city car at the 88th European Motor Show in Brussels, Belgium, today (13 January). The car is a re-brand of the Japanese automaker's i-MiEV, supplied on an OEM basis from Japan. A Peugeot iOn-branded model is also due out soon.
Citroen and Peugeot parent PSA Group announced last September that Mitsubishi would supply the EVs, beginning production in October. MMC also builds variants of its Outlander crossover for the two French brands.
"Zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise - the aptly named C-Zero is Citroën's 100% electric solution to meet the demands of modern day urban driving," the automaker claimed (without once mentioning Mitsubishi), adding its compact dimensions, rapid charge and generous (80 miles) make it the "perfect city companion".
The car has a permanent magnet synchronous motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. Maximum power of 47kW or 64bhp is delivered from 3,000 to 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 180Nm from 0 to 2,000rpm. The batteries can be charged by either by a 220 volt domestic socket or a high speed 400-volt supply which gives an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
The car is 3.48m long, said to have "four real seats" and a 166 litre boot (trunk). Top speed is 80mph (120km/h) and acceleration from 0-62mph (100km/h) takes 15 seconds. The turning circle is a nimble 9m.
The C-Zero goes on sale in the last quarter of 2010.