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    Just got this from Go-Auto News. Lets hope they can pull this off!!

    CITROEN looks set to reassert itself as a “thinking”
    marque in Australia with the launch of its C4
    hatch and coupe at the Melbourne motor show next
    March.
    After venturing into the mainstream with its new
    generation C2 and C3 hatches, Citroen will introduce
    some innovative features to the Europeanbred
    small-car class including bi-xenon cornering
    headlamps and a fatigue-busting lane-drift warning
    device that activates a vibrator in the driver’s seat.
    Australian specification is still under negotiation,
    however all models will be fitted with a centremounted
    translucent instrument cluster, which
    automatically adjusts to ambient light conditions, as
    well as a “floating” multi-function steering wheel
    which turns via the rim but not the central hub.
    The unorthodox steering wheel design has
    enabled the French manufacturer to engineer a
    (claimed) more protective driver’s airbag.
    Citroen Australia spokesman Edward Rowe said
    coupe and hatchback models would both be available
    from launch, but certain engine variants – still
    to be determined – would be restricted until the third
    or fourth quarter of 2005.
    Australian-spec engines will include 1.6-litre
    four-cylinder petrol variants for both body styles, a
    2.0-litre petrol for the manual-only VTS two-door
    and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel for the five-door.
    The latter will also be offered with a more temperate
    2.0-litre petrol engine, while all models other
    than VTS will be available with either a manual or
    automatic transmission.
    A rally-bred model with all-wheel drive and
    turbocharged performance is also under consideration.
    Once the full range is here, Citroen Australia
    expects to sell 300-400 C4s per month, which
    would be a massive increase over the slow-selling
    Xsara. VFACTS figures show that between
    2001-2003, the Xsara range averaged 400 sales
    per annum.
    “We’ve had limited supply, we’ve run out of
    the versions that are the good sellers and essentially
    we’ve just been selling the peripheral versions,”
    Mr Rowe said.
    “It was halfway through its life by the time it
    arrived in Australia and we’ve been playing catchup
    ever since. The other key issue is we would have
    sold a lot more 1.6 (and 2.0-litre) coupes if we’d had
    an automatic gearbox.”
    C4 pricing is expected to remain close to current
    Xsara levels, meaning the 1.6-litre manual hatch
    will start from around $23,000 and rise to the mid-
    $30,000s for the VTS coupe. Expect final pricing
    to mirror rivals such as the Renault Megane and
    Peugeot 307.
    Other notable features on the C4 include an
    electronic tyre-pressure monitor, a speed limiter,
    scented air freshener and, for better cabin acoustics,
    laminated side windows.
    There are some more technical treats to come
    from Citroen.
    In September the ultra-flexible C3 Pluriel is due
    to arrive in Australia while at the Paris motor show
    the C3 Stop and Start – the first petrol-engine car
    with an idle-stop feature – will make its official
    debut, alongside the C4.
    THE results are there in black and white. As these VFACTS figures
    show, Xsara has not been a strong performer in Australia. But is that
    about to change? Once the full C4 range is on sale later in 2005,
    Citroen Australia believes it will sell around as many C4s a month as it
    did in a year with the Xsara.
    Xsara sales 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
    Hatch 193 303 298 149 260 175
    Coupe - - - 218 243 154

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    That all sounds pretty cool to me. Hope the C4 really takes off here......We need more TV adverts.....

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    I can see lots of drivers veering around in their lanes to get the vibrating seat to kick in
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruiserman
    I can see lots of drivers veering around in their lanes to get the vibrating seat to kick in
    Perhaps while they are veering around they might read their private messages eh cruiserman?
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    rally bred awd turbo version eh ?

    might have to wait for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO
    Perhaps while they are veering around they might read their private messages eh cruiserman?
    Pretty sure I read them all even confirmed them.

    Not sure what I may be able to use from your list yet. Sort of waiting till the window arrives so I can take the big tarp off the car and look at it again.
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    Thought they might have scraped the VTS nameplate for the all new C4. Sounds like Citroen isn't prepared to sell us a hot turbo diesel version . Seems strange when diesel cars with hi-tech engines are all the rage in Europe.

    Cheers Pete

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