Citroën have always prided themselves on being the quirky French brand that does things a bit differently. But sometimes they just have to hold their hands up and admit when things don’t go right. Due to flagging sales, their once-popular Citroën C5 has been taken off our market.
The C5 enjoyed a golden period between the years 2001 and 2005, but 2015’s sale figures represent less than 1% of the sales the car achieved during those halcyon days.
UK sales have been on the wane since 2005, and the third-generation model has shifted just 17,000 units since it arrived in 2008.
Citroën have blamed the demise of its C5 on the rise of compact SUVs and crossovers, and says D-segment sales on the whole are massively down here in Britain.
The Citroën C5 Ready To Go Out Fighting
This is not to say that the C5 has had its day elsewhere, and it continues to be popular in left-hand drive markets.
Indeed, 6,549 units were sold in France last year alone, its spiritual home.
Citroën have not yet said what will happen when the C5’s production run ends. There are rumours that it could be reinvented and given a total makeover, but there are also rumours that it might just be replaced – or that it might simply be dropped altogether.
Citroën are confident of their UK future, though, and believe the Grand C4 Picasso and C4 Picasso will be their flagship models on this shore.
However, global trends suggest that even these kind of MPVs may soon become redundant owing to consumer love for the crossover.
In the EU, crossovers and SUVs make up every one out of four car sales.
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