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Citroen C2 VTS news - Steamed green - 2007
The slightly soporific Cult of BlueMotion is taking
over the world, but Citroen reckons there’s a more exciting way to go green.
Without the aid of low rolling resistance tyres, gutless
gearing and more aerodynamic tricks than a flying squirrel, Citroen has managed
to produce a sub-120g/km diesel hatch that, on paper at least, looks fun to
The 110bhp C2 1.6 HDi VTS joins the burgeoning group of cars
desperately limboing the 120g/km exemption category in the proposed changes to
London’s congestion charge.
Spearheaded by the Polo BlueMotion, an
entirely new genre has emerged employing technological trickery, such as the
stop-start software seen on the BMW 120d and Mini Cooper D, as well as remapped
engines and skinny tyres, to coax down emissions figures to what Ken sees as
But the C2 looks a livelier prospect. It produces 110bhp,
gets from 0-62mph in an are-you-sure-I’m-saving-the-planet 9.4 seconds and
returns 64mpg on the combined cycle.
On top of this, it’s the first diesel supermini to bear
Citroen’s sporty VTS badge, broadening its appeal beyond just the
eco-conscious. The spec is shared with the petrol VTS, and includes aircon and
16-inch alloys as standard.
If all this tickles your fancy, make sure you’re quick,
because for the rest of September, the diesel C2 VTS is on offer at £10,995.