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17/01/2008 | Paris – January 17, 2008

Christian Streiff, Chairman of PSA Peugeot Citroën, Gilles Michel, Managing Director of Automobiles Citroën, and Jean-Philippe Collin, Managing Director of Automobiles Peugeot, have unveiled the new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner at the Vigo plant in Spain, where production of the two vehicles has begun.

Built on the Group’s Platform 2, the vehicles represent a total investment of €660 million, of which €334 million has been for research and development. The new Berlingo and Partner will be produced in Vigo, where the C4 Picasso family of MPVs is currently assembled. The plant offers installed capacity of approximately 300,000 units a year for the two new models.
Beginning in May 2008, these new vehicles will complete the line-up and the previous generation will remain in the catalogue as a redefined range of Berlingo First and Partner Origin.

The new 2008 Berlingo and Partner models are enhanced versions of the original vehicles. They combine earlier strengths—multifunctionality, robustness and ease-of-use—with greater comfort and spaciousness. Moreover, they are equipped with the same features as those found on the most recent mid-range sedans. Comfort features include self-regulating air-conditioning, automatic headlight activation and rain sensors, while safety features include ABS and front airbags as standard equipment and head curtain airbags, ESP and cruise control as options. The new Berlingo and Partner are also the first vehicles in their category to offer tyre-pressure sensors.

The two vehicles stand out by their attractive styling and enhanced brand differentiation, which more effectively express each marque’s distinctive identity and ensure closer alignment with their respective ranges.

Ingenious solutions have been integrated into both the commercial and leisure-activity versions to enhance their utility and modularity.
• For the commercial vehicle, the modular, multifunctional front seat can be transformed into a mobile desk, used as a seat for safely carrying a third passenger over short distances or partially folded to significantly increase load volume and usable length.
• The leisure-activity vehicle, in addition to featuring a completely redesigned roof window, delivers MPV-like modularity, with individual rear seats and an opening rear window.
Another innovation is that the Berlingo and Partner will be the Group’s first vehicles to offer a remote fleet management system. Thanks to an aftermarket service based on a telematics device installed on the vehicle, fleet managers will be able to check mileage, service dates, brake pad wear and oil levels via email messages that arrive directly in their inbox. By providing invaluable vehicle data, this solution simplifies fleet tracking and maintenance and enables managers to optimise their spending.

Available in gasoline and diesel engine versions, the new vehicles will feature a 1.6 HDi FAP® engine with CO2 emissions of 147g/km for the leisure-activity vehicle and 153g/km for the commercial vehicle.
As part of the CAP 2010 initiative, the day-one quality enhancement programme has been integrated into this project. Like the Peugeot 308 and the new Citroën C5, the new Berlingo and Partner benefit from the most recent validation and reliability standards. The total distance driven in pre-launch road tests has been doubled to 3 million kilometres in order to identify any residual defects before the vehicles are brought to market.

Launched in 1996, the Berlingo and Partner compact van concept has been remarkably successful, with nearly 3.2 million vehicles produced. In 2007, eleven years after their launch, the Berlingo and Partner enjoyed their best sales ever, with 348,000 units sold worldwide. In Europe, they were an immediate success with business users, who appreciated their multifunctionality. In 2007, a combined 128,400 Berlingo and Partner commercial vehicles were sold in Europe1, representing more than 29% of the F1 (small van) segment.
The concept also led to a new market segment for consumers—leisure-activity vehicles that are economical, roomy, convenient and fun. PSA Peugeot Citroën is the overall European leader in this segment, with 126,200 vehicles sold for a market share of almost 44%.

With the new Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner small vans, PSA Peugeot Citroën boasts the youngest and the most extensive lineup of light commercial vehicles ever offered by a European automotive manufacturer. The two vehicle ranges have been entirely renewed and expanded in less than two years. Each marque will offer five van families this year, ranging from the small Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper city-use vans, to the Citroën Jumpy and Peugeot Expert compact vans (named 2008 Van of the Year) and the Citroën Jumper and Peugeot Boxer light commercial vehicles.
Thanks to this broad range of vans covering a wide array of load volumes and payloads, PSA Peugeot Citroën offers solutions capable of satisfying the most diverse business user requirements. This versatility is a definite advantage in helping the Group to strengthen its leadership in the European light commercial vehicle segment, in which it held a nearly 18.8% market share in 2007.


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