Air Concept car 1998

The Citroen C-3 Air concept car was a design experiment by Citroen that spawned the Pluriel concept car.
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: NA
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 80000
Trim Level: Stop & Start
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
Engine name: BlueHDi (100 PS)


Citroen C-3 Air concept car
Citroen C-3 Air concept car
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Citroen C-3 Air concept car 1998 became the Pluriel

Citroen C-3 Air concept car rear
Citroen C-3 Air concept car rear
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As the new millennium loomed, Citroen design engineers were told to design exciting cars aimed at the younger and more active generation of car buyers.

Two concept cars made it to a prototype exhibited at the car shows (1998/1999). The C-3 Air concept was an open-top, flexible platform that the owner could transform into different styles by adding or removing body parts. This evolved into the removable and convertible Citroen C3 Pluriel.

The other prototype with similar design cues to the C-3 Air is the Lumiere which later became the Citroen C3.

Wheels and Tyres

The C-3 Air was fitted with PAX run-flat tyres introduced by Michelin in 1997. These particular run-flat tyres can support speeds up to 50Mph and around 125 miles when deflated. A supporting insert within the tyre with unique wheels holds the tyre's shape after deflation. The PAX run-flat system negates the need for a spare tyre, saving space in the boot and is essential for the C-3 Air design.


C-3 Air centre console
C-3 Air centre console
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C-3 Air Steering Wheel
C-3 Air Steering Wheel
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