European Auto Centre, the authorised Thai distributor of Citroen cars, aims to nearly double this year’s sales volume to 800 units with the help of an extended model line-up, the Bangkok Post reports.

The C8 seven-seat MPV will be launched at the upcoming Bangkok Motor Show at an estimated price of two million baht, the report says. The MPV market is seen as offering good growth prospects and has seen several model entrants lately. The seven-seat segment is dominated by the Kia Carnival.

According to the Bangkok Post, the C8 will be available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine at an estimated price of two million baht and is aimed at stealing shares from the Honda Odyssey and Kia Carnival.

The report adds that European Auto Centre hopes to sell around 300 units of the C8 in 2003.

The C3 compact hatchback will also be added to the Citroen line-up in 2003, with some 200 units are expected to be delivered this year.

“We are expecting many customers of the C3 to be new to the Citroen marque. In fact, many of those who placed orders for the C3 at the Motor Expo were young ladies,” said an executive of the Thai Citroen unit, according to the Bangkok Post.

The remaining 300 sales units in 2003 will come from the mid-sized C5 saloon and estate. The C3 Pluriel and the Picasso could make it to Thailand, but are said to be less certain.