Production of current generation Citroen C5 and its hydraulic suspension finally ends in Europe

Article by Christian A., on June 11, 2017

Citroen is phasing out the current generation C5 in Europe after it produced the final example in Rennes, France. The C5, being one of the aging models released for the European market since 2007, coincides with the ending of Citroen’s famous hydropneumatic suspension. It can be recalled that the automaker officially confirmed that it will end the use of this “old technology” in 2015 due to low customer demand and high production cost. Having said that, Citroen intends to replace its famous hydraulics system with a more innovative set-up this year.

For more than a decade, the French marque was able to sell over 635,000 examples of the C5 and 435,000 of it was marketed in Europe. In 2016, Citroen however sold fewer than 10,000 examples of the C5 to the European market.

While the station wagon was the final example of the C5 made for Europe and the production of the sedan came to a halt the previous year, Citroen will continue producing the C5’s revolutionized version in China. As for Europe, the French automaker is working on a new generation model that could possibly take the shape of a sporty hatchback instead of the traditional sedan body style.

In China, the C5 will be offered with a standard spring suspension but it will also include new interior and minor exterior restyling. It should be noted that Citroen will not completely change the C5 since Chinese customers prefer the conventional sedan body over something else.

Citroen’s revolutionary suspension technology is said to provide all future models with an equally smooth and comfortable suspension set up. Ride comfort as we know is part of the brand’s DNA. In the same way, the C5 in China will carry the same benefits as if using the sophisticated Hydractive system. A conventional suspension as we know consists of a shock absorber, stabilizer and spring. The revolutionary new suspension system however promises to make ride comfort as its top priority without compromising handling.

Similarly, Citroen’s latest C5 Aircross SUV will be equipped with the new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension. Hydraulic cushions offer to provide “magic carpet ride” sensation minus the complexities of using a fully hydraulic system in regulating compression and rebound. The cushions get to absorb the movement gradually rather than stopping all of a sudden. Thus, it results to a quieter and smoother ride. The C5 Aircross will go on sale in China before the end of the year and will likely arrive in Europe between the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2018.

Source: L'automobile

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