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    CITROňN: WE'LL BE BACK

    CitroŽn has confirmed the rumours are true. The team that has dominated the
    World Rally Championship for the past three years will return to the sport
    in 2007 following the announcement that the sport's organising body, the
    FIA, has agreed rule changes to slash the cost of competition.

    CitroŽn, along Peugeot, announced earlier this year that this would be
    their last season due to escalating costs that Chairman of the Managing
    Board of PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, Jean Martin Folz, said could not be
    justified.

    But he left the door open for a return if the FIA changed the rules to stop
    the runaway cost of rallying at the highest level.

    Surveys conducted by CitroŽn have clearly revealed that the WRC continues
    to stand out as the ideal form of motor sport for the brand. CitroŽn's
    involvement in the sport at the highest level has coincided with a sharp
    cut in the average age of CitroŽn buyers and a more defined reputation for
    CitroŽn as not just technology leader in all areas, but also a trendsetting
    company. Sťbastien Loeb, with not just his remarkable record breaking
    performances, but also with his loyalty to CitroŽn and strong personal
    image and reputation, has also proven to be an excellent spokesperson for
    the Sport and CitroŽn.

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    An official return to the series in 2007 was consequently possible so long
    as the overall budget it was necessary to invest was very significantly
    reduced. Thanks to the new regulations, these cost considerations have been
    met.

    "As a result, the decision to return to the World Rally Championship was
    taken very quickly," says CitroŽn Sport Director Guy Frťquelin. "The new
    regulations allow us to meet our budget targets. There is no longer
    anything standing in the way of our return to the sport. For the team, for
    the fans and for all those who have supported us during our past three
    complete seasons in the World Rally Championship, this decision couldn't
    have come at a better time. I am delighted."

    The 2006 season will consequently be a year of transition with, on the one
    hand, the presence of a CitroŽn Xsara WRC for Sťbastien Loeb and Daniel
    Elena run by a private team and, on the other, the re-staring of the new
    CitroŽn C4 WRC's development programme. CitroŽn Sport will return to the
    championship full time from 2007.

    For CitroŽn, the pursuit of its commitment to rallying is in keeping with a
    veritable competition-related philosophy with a sport that has always
    fascinated, well beyond CitroŽn's two Manufacturers' titles in 2003 and
    2004 and the two Drivers' crowns secured by Sťbastien Loeb and his
    co-driver Daniel Elena in 2004 and 2005.

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    So we will finally get to see the C4 WRC car in action. Shame the showroom version isn't a match for its 180 sibling.
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    CitroŽn has confirmed the rumours are true. The team that has dominated the
    World Rally Championship for the past three years will return to the sport
    in 2007 following the announcement that the sport's organising body, the
    FIA, has agreed rule changes to slash the cost of competition.
    This is contrary to what edward rowe told us a while ago at a citroen meeting in sydney.

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    It was pretty much know it would happen, after Loeb didn't sign with anyone else.

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