|Also called||Citroën C-Elysée (from 2008)|
|Production||2002-present (1st gen. in China) |
2013-present (2nd gen. in Spain)
|Assembly||Wuhan, Hubei, China (DPC) |
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Citroën ZX, Citroën Xsara|
|Engine||1.6L I4 petrol|
|Wheelbase||2,540 mm (100.0 in)|
|Length||4,305 mm (169.5 in)|
|Width||1,707 mm (67.2 in)|
|Height||1,413 mm (55.6 in)|
|Curb weight||1,125 kg (2,480 lb)|
The Citroën Elysée is a compact sedan car produced for the Chinese domestic market by the Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile, a joint venture between the French PSA Group (Peugeot-Citroën) and the Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng Motor.
First generation (2002-2013)
The Elysée was designed in China and is derived from the Citroën ZX, with many parts (including the dashboard) taken from the Citroën Xsara and Citroën Saxo.
The car has a VTS sport version with only red colour.
The Elysee VIP version was launched in 2005: the VIP is a stretched variant of the Elysee with a wheelbase extended by 15 centimeter and more luxurios interior.
2008 facelift as C Elysée
The facelifted C Elysée was introduced on April 8, 2008, at the Beijing International Motor Show. The front and rear ends are heavily reworked, bringing the model in line with Citroën's current corporate design. At the end of February 2009 an Elysée hatchback joined the range, replacing the previous Citroën Fukang.
It is powered by the 1.6 L (1587 cc) PSA TU5 JP4 engine, featuring 16 valves DOHC design and producing 109 hp (81 kW; 111 PS).
Second generation (2013-) : the Citroën C-Elysée
The second generation, called Citroën C-Elysée, is built in Vigo, Spain, along with the Peugeot 301, on which it is based, for markets in North Africa and Eastern Europe. The C-Elysée is also manufactured in China as its predecessor.
Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
In 2013, Citroën Racing created a new sub-division, the Citroën World Touring Car Team, in order to begin to run in addition in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship. The name Citroën C-Elysée WTCC has been chosen for the race car running in this world competition. It was developed in a few months, thanks to the experience of the Citroën World Rally Team.
The Citroën World Touring Car Team won fourteen victories out of the fifteen first races of the 2014 WTCC season, in spite of the handicap of the 60 kg Compensation Weight put to the leading cars. The Citroën/Total WTCC Team won the Manufacturer's WTCC Championship, 5 races before the end of the season, after the 2014 Shanghai first race, where Citroën recorded a magnificent one-two-three-four. The Citroën World Touring Car Team pilots also got the three first ranks of the Drivers' World Touring Car Championship.