Citroën has ended production of the C1 after 17 years, with the last model rolling off the production line in Kolín in the Czech Republic.
The French firm has sold 1.2 million units of the city car since its launch in 2005, attributing its success to its sleek design, urban driving dynamics and everyday practicality.
The C1 was withdrawn from production due to a “change in priorities for the group”, with the Stellantis-owned manufacturer “aiming at the future of urban mobility”.
Citroën said changes in working patterns, the introduction of restrictions in city centers and the need for more space and versatility have necessitated a refocusing.
He told Autocar he doesn’t have a direct replacement for the C1 on the way anytime soon, but expects the launch of a more affordable C3 supermini to effectively fill the gap.
The C3 You! will be introduced in April, priced at £12,995 – the slightly more expensive Dacia Sandero Comfort, which is priced at £11,745.
The new model is cheaper than the C1 in its top-end Flair specification, but features more competitive equipment.
“For that money you get a bigger trunk, five seats, LED headlights and more safety equipment,” Citroennot Autocar said.
“For people who want a practical and affordable tool five doors, we hope that the C3 will take over the existing C1 activities when these customers are up for renewal. We think they will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of equipment and space.”
Citroennot also predicts that customers who only use their car to get around town will consider the future Ami electric quadricycle.
The end of C1 production means that Toyota now only owns and uses the Kolin Factory, where it will build its new city car Aygo X.