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Citroen ends production of five-seat C4 Spacetourer

Friday 03/May/2019 - 09:50 PM
Sada El Balad
Citroën has ceased production of its five-seat C4 Spacetourer MPV، citing the enhanced practicality offered by the new C5 Aircross and declining MPV sales، as the Car News said.

The Spacetourer، introduced in early 2018 as a renamed and updated version of the Picasso، will remain on sale until UK dealership stocks have run out.

The larger seven-seat Grand Spacetourer will remain on sale for the foreseeable future، with the brand’s MPV line-up now topped by the nine-seat van-based Spacetourer.
A company spokesperson said the new C5 Aircross compact SUV، launched last year as a rival to the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Karoq، offers a level of modularity that renders the five-seat Spacetourer redundant.

Just 1600 five-seat Spacetourers were sold in the UK last year، compared to 5500 nine-seat Grand Spacetourers. Citroen expects to sell 9000 units of the new C5 Aircross this year.
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The new Aircross has 720 litres of boot space، up 80 litres from the outgoing Spacetourer، but is over £1000 more expensive، starting from £22،305 in entry-level 1.2-litre PureTech guise. The company says، however، that residual values for the new model are stronger، meaning it will be cheaper on a PCP basis than the Spacetourer، despite its higher list price.

Citroën’s decision to stop selling the C4 Spacetourer follows the recent announcement that Ford will cease production of its B-Max and C-Max five- and seven-seat MPVs in pursuit of increased profitability in Europe.

The MPV segment as a whole has become precarious، with demand for family SUVs increasing exponentially; they accounted for one-third of all UK car sales in 2018. Last year، the Toyota Verso was also axed، while Kia dropped the slow-selling Venga around the same time.

Mercedes-Benz recently launched a new version of its B-Class MPV، but that model’s chief rival، the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer، looks unlikely to be directly replaced at the end of its current life cycle.
Edited by Ahmed Moamar

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