Citroňn C3 Opens Up For Spring With The Pluriel
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    Default Citroňn C3 Opens Up For Spring With The Pluriel

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    The CitroŽn C3 Pluriel, the revolutionary five-in-one car from CitroŽn,
    will go on sale in Australia on Saturday 11 September, just in time for the
    delights of open top motoring as Spring arrives.

    The CitroŽn C3 Pluriel, voted cabriolet of the year at its European launch
    last year, is a remarkable design that combines five types of car in one
    impossibly cute shape. In a matter of seconds it can convert from a
    versatile hatchback, to an open coupe with fully open sides and roof,
    through a cabriolet to an open top car and, with folding seats and a drop
    down tail gate, it can even offer the abilities of a compact ute!

    Even more remarkably, when the roof is folded, it does not rob the CitroŽn
    C3 Pluriel of load space, like the folding roofs of its rivals.
    Astonishingly, the entire roof, glass rear window and rear hatch fold up
    and into a space under the floor of the boot, leaving the boot space
    untouched by the folded roof. The drop down tailgate also means that this
    space is easily accessible in the tightest conditions.

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    "Car makers make this claim all the time, but with the CitroŽn C3 Pluriel,
    it really is the case that there is nothing quite like it on the market,"
    says Miles Williams, General Manager for CitroŽn in Australia. "Every other
    car looses flexibility and space when it becomes a soft top, with the roof
    meaning the loss of hatchback versatility, tiny boot lids and roofs that
    steal boot space. Not with the C3 Pluriel. Other convertibles are
    conversions on existing cars, making them often look heavy and lumpen with
    the roof in place. Not the CitroŽn C3 Pluriel. It may based on the platform
    of the CitroŽn C3, but it is very much its own car styled from the start to
    be a convertible, so roof up, down or any of the stages in between, the
    CitroŽn C3 Pluriel looks sexy, cute as a button and ready for fun!"

    The CitroŽn C3 Pluriel will be powered by the 1.6 litre 83 kW engine used
    in the top CitroŽn C3 as standard. Full details of its specification and
    prices will be announced when it goes on sale, but it is expected that the
    CitroŽn C3 Pluriel will be well equipped with electric windows, remote
    central locking, power mirrors, CD audio system and the power roof all
    standard.

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    Thanks for that dogboy!
    I just had a look on the Citroen Australia site, and all is ready to go, except prices are marked "TBA"

    http://www.citroen.com.au/layout.asp...article&ID=862
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    Lets just hope it actually GOES on sale on the 11th Sept & not just a few examples spread evenly around OZ to keep punters happy until full supply comes like Citroen OZ usually does. The C2 is supposedly on sale as well but you wouldnt know it. Has anyone seen a C2 ad or is it just us poor old Sandgropers missing out?
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    As a retailer, I believe their strategy (ala C2 VTR) is probably a very successful one. Creating limited supply is a great way to make sure people pay full retail price for a product. If someone doesn't want to pay full price, all they have to say is "if you want one now, this is the price - if you don't want to pay it, someone else will."

    I know it's milking the "early adopters" but there's nothing wrong with it, and when you have a great product that's in high demand, why not? Pricing is all about supply vs demand afterall

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    Yes, indeed, but does it work for Citroen? The news article in this thread meantions that the C2 is not living up to its sales expectations, funny that..... Latest Citroen News This type of marketing works a lot better for low volume & high end vehicles. The same thing happened with the Berlingo with poor availability & I believe from the local dealer that they missed out on many sales because of it. I think that they shouldnt release any model till full supply is guaranteed. This is the only way they can build sales as a small player in a big market.
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    I love the colour "rouge ardent". Very nice indeed. Re supply and demand. I have seen quite a few around sydney but yes i agree you would not know it.
    Citroen need more TV advertising some of those very euro adverts will suck in lots of people that love europe and everything it produces. Its long overdue.
    I have emailed Miles Williams regarding this a few times.
    If people dont know about the cars they cant buy them. I think we need specific targeting at certain markets. The C2 ministry of sound is a prime example. Put a few ads in the Ministry magazine and theres lots of sales but they dont have that model available here. Miles Williams says its being considered however....

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    shhh... don't tell anybody but they leak like a sieve!

    Honestly, it seems to happen quite a bit. They award a nice looking little car the golden lollypop award, but once the customers actually get their hands on one... quite different trying to live with it.

    As for the C2, I saw one (parked next to a C3) at my local Safeway.
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    Nick we should not have these issues here as we are in a drought....
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    Greetings y'all;

    I sent off a question re pricing to Citroen Australia, and herewith the reply;

    Thank you for your email. The C3 Pluriel will be released in
    > Australia mid September and the price will be approximately $32-33,000
    > - though this has not been confirmed as yet.


    So, I guess that it may be mid 30's or so on the road.

    Maybe I could get the Pluriel sooner than I could get a C2?
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