I find that a little odd. Upon launch, the C5 Aircross really wasn’t badly priced. Not hugely cheap, but (for a Citroen) it seemed relatively competitive in the market. A number of reviewers and commentators said the same thing, that it was a pretty good price.Citroen: C3 sales are booming; almost, nearly, kind of, just about double last month. The're on a roll! Seems that the overpriced, under-diesled C5 aircross isn't on the same stellar trajectory though.
Whereas the C3 is probably the most “definitely overpriced” of the current Citroens. All Citroen models (well all three of them) jumped in price by about $3000 about a year ago. But the C3 definitely isn’t competitively priced amongst similar cars in the market.
But the C5 Aircross here should always have had the 8-speed auto and bigger engine, it surely should have been a no-brainer. New Zealand got that car, why didn’t we?
(That said… it doesn’t matter the RRP of the car, I can’t imagine many are sold at full price, there is always wiggle room. Certainly was for me.)
Anyway, I think what we are just seeing is the result of some stock slowly coming on the market. The poor sales recently haven’t just been to do with poor sales; there has been no stock in the country to sell. For months and months. I hope the C5 Aircross picks up a few more sales, as it’s still a pretty good proposition IMHO.
My hopes: that we see the C5X here, and ASAP. And that we see the electric C4 here soon. I would hugely consider an electric version of either the C4 or the C5X; but I’m not likely to upgrade my current car until I can buy an electric one.
My father is keen to buy an electric car, and I had him primed to get an eC4 when they arrived on the market. It has been disappointing they haven’t announced it here, and sad that my father will probably buy some other brand. Oh well.
EDIT: and WHY oh WHY now that Australia has no manufacturing of its own - WHY don’t we as a nation align our safety standards and other various standards with whatever the UK standards are? It would make it so much easier and cheaper for manufacturers small and large to bring cars into the Aus market, rather than jumping through various local hoops, requiring separate production just for our relatively small market.