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Be First to Drive the New Citroen C5 - Go on Holiday!

April 16th, 2008

The new Citroën C5, which is winning praise across Europe, will not arrive in Australia until the Spring, but its possible to be the first Australian behind the wheel by simply taking a holiday – provided its with Citroën DriveEurope because the new C5 will be available for lease from 1 June 2008.

Citroën DriveEurope, the ideal way to drive a car in Europe as it costs significantly less than conventional rental cars, provides the ability pick specific models and specifications and allows freedom to roam right across Europe and even into North Africa, will add the new Citroën C5 to its fleet from 1 June and Citroën is accepting bookings for the acclaimed new Citroën now.

Both the new C5 sedan and the new C5 wagon are available, with the sedan available in the full range of engines, including the new 2.7 litre V6 Turbo Diesel, with a choice of trim and equipment levels, as well as options. Prices start from as low as an all inclusive price of just $112 per day, including all taxes, full insurance and roadside assistance across Europe, a price that compares favourably to Australian costs, let alone Europe, for a luxury European full size sedan.

“There could be few better ways to see Europe than in the new Citroën C5,” says Miles Williams, General Manager for Citroën in Australia. “Its is spacious, comfortable, stylish and – remembering European fuel prices – very economical, not to mention with European Drivers, safe with its EuroNCAP five star rating. With Citroën DriveEurope it is possible, as with all models in our programme, to choose exactly the model, version and even equipment that meet individual needs. Not to mention, you could be at the wheel of a new Citroën C5 before anyone back home!”

Citroën’s DriveEurope programme, quite simply, does away with all the traditional problems of renting a car in Europe.

For most people the biggest single problem with renting a car in Europe is the cost. But Citroën’s DriveEurope programme starts from as little as $28 per day. And this is an all-inclusive price, covering insurance with no excess, unlimited mileage and with no hidden costs. As an extra bonus, it is paid in Australia, in Australian dollars, so there is no worry about exchange rates and hidden credit card exchange charges.

The entire transaction is completed in Australia before travel. All you do on arrival in Europe is collect your car and set off on your holiday.

The beauty of a holiday in Europe is the ability to travel freely from country to country, seeing thousands of different sights and experiencing many different cultures. Except car rental companies do not like their cars to be driving across Europe out of the country in which they were rented.

Not Citroën DriveEurope.

From Ireland and Portugal in the West to Turkey and Israel in the East, from Morocco and Tunisia in the South to Finland and Norway in the North, as well as including countries like the Ukraine and Belarus, the user of Citroën DriveEurope car is free to road where they want, to a total of 40 countries. Across all of these countries, support is provided by 15,000 Citroën dealers and the assurance of 24 hour roadside assistance.

With a car rental company, while you can request a particular size of car, until you arrive to collect it, you do not know what you are going to get.

Not with Citroën DriveEurope.

The car you order is the car you get because Citroën will build a car specifically to your order. This means that not only do you get the car you need, but it can also be specified as diesel or petrol, manual or automatic and with specific equipment, such as SatNav, child safety seats, roof racks or snow chains.

Citroën’s range of cars also beats most car rental fleets.

It opens with the compact Citroën C3 five door hatch, includes the medium size Citroën C4 hatch and its sporty brother, the C4 Coupe. There is the C3 Pluriel Convertible, the new full size Citroën C5 sedan and estate and the car range is topped – new for 2008 – by the prestige and luxury of the Citroën C6.

The range also includes no less than seven different people movers, from the compact Berlingo Multispace, through the Xsara and C4 Picasso models with a choice of five and seven seats, the full size C8 people mover and for people who need maximum people and luggage space, to the Jumpy eight and nine seat minibuses. All models have air conditioning, ABS brakes and CD audio systems.

For maximum flexibility, a Citroën DriveEurope car may be picked up in no less than 30 different places in France at no extra cost and for a small fee in other countries, including Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Car rental companies are not renowned for giving things away for free, but again Citroën DriveEurope beats them. On selected models in the 2008 programme Citroën is offering up to 12 days free – that’s near two weeks free driving in Europe.

Booking a Citroën DriveEurope car could not be easier, either through leading travel agents or with Citroën Australia direct via its dealers or www.citroen.com.au. Indeed, Citroën Australia provides more cars through the DriveEurope programme than any other country and, therefore, has unrivalled expertise in assisting customers to choose the right car for their European adventure.

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