Citroën has axed its C6 luxury saloon, the French manufacturer’s rival to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-class.
Sales of the C6 have ceased in the UK. However, the car will remain on sale in continental Europe.
Citroën C6: XM replacement
The Citroën C6 was launched in 2006 to replace the XM, which had been out of production for over five years.
The large French saloon featured some unusual design traits – such as a concave rear windscreen – and was powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, including a 211bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol and two different turbodiesels: a 240bhp 3.0-litre V6 and a 177bhp 2.2 four-cylinder.
Poor sales finish C6 in UK
Due to a high purchase price of £40,160 for the 3.0 HDi V6 turbodiesel model – the only variant on sale in the UK – the C6 could not compete with its German rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Introduced in 2006, the firm had only sold 19,400 C6s in total as of the end of 2011, with just 970 making it to the UK.
C6 to be replaced by DS5
The arrival of the Citroën DS5 hatchback as Citroën’s new luxury flagship model in the UK – as well as lacklustre sales after six years – has no doubt influenced the decision to cease production of the C6 in right-hand-drive form.