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Citroen a New Era

February 9th, 2009
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Today, at 90 years of age, and on the birthday of its founder, Andre Citroen, French car manufacturer CITROEN is turning a new page in its history, and begins a global brand project that encompasses a new visual identity, a new relationship with its customers and an exciting new line of automotive products.

In a difficult economic climate, and in a period of changing relationships between customers and brands, CITROEN is taking action and reinventing itself. The Marque aims to pursue the excitement generated by the success of its products launched over the past ten years, by enhancing the CITROEN brand to strengthen and support the range.

New Identity

Developed jointly by CITROEN’s Marketing and Styling teams, headed by Jean-Pierre Ploue, and the Landor agency, an international branding and design network, the logo is the first visible sign of change. The chevrons have broken free from their frame and become three-dimensional, gaining in strength and body. Bridging CITROEN’s past and future; the colour red is used for the new brand name typography. The red assumes a new, deeper tone.

Brand identity: Creative Technologie

CITROEN strongly recognise the alliance between creativity and technology; being the first to propose Stop & Start technology, on the CITROEN C2 and C3. It also leads the European market with its automated manual gearboxes and has pioneered particulate filters. The Marque illustrated its ecological and economical commitment in 2008 by confirming its European leadership on vehicles emitting 110 g/km of CO2 or less, thanks to the CITROEN C1.

Rather than aiming for pure technological exploits, CITROEN innovates for the benefit of its customers. It invented Hydractive suspension, the wide-angle panoramic windscreen, and new driving aids such as the lane departure warning system. It has also developed new designs with maximum use of space, as seen on its latest new model, the CITROEN C3 Picasso.

CITROEN has the boldness to completely rethink the automobile. The CITROEN C4 Picasso has transformed the segment, becoming the leading model in its class in 2008 and going on sale in the first-quarter of 2009, the CITROEN C3 Picasso has the same ambitions. With the new CITROEN Berlingo Multispace, launched in May 2008, and CITROEN Nemo Multispace, coming in early 2009, CITROEN will have a range of five, renewed MPV vehicles, making it the standard-setter in this segment.

For the future, the CITROEN Hypnos concept car heralds diesel hybrid technology and the CITROEN C-Cactus is a new vision of the automobile.

Non-conformist advertising spirit

CITROEN’s new advertising strap line is Creative Technologie. Written in French, identical worldwide and rich in meaning, these words form the basis of the new advertising strategy. Every advert demonstrates the promise of the brand and the benefits for the customer, whilst remaining playful and optimistic. For the first time since 1983, the Marque is launching a new advertising campaign co-developed with Agence H, a subsidiary of the Havas group.

Graphic principles for visibility and consistency

Today CITROEN is introducing new graphic designs, a single typography and a unique tone of voice to boost the visibility and consistency of the brand. The new brand will universally reflect the Marque's new status. The key colours are white, denoting openness and elegance, and red, to express vitality, together with black, grey and chrome, for status and power.

Websites to win new customers

A full 70% of customers who walk into a CITROEN outlet today have visited the brand website beforehand to find information. The www.citroen.co.uk website, the initial contact point between the Marque and its customers, will now fulfil a compass role, pointing web users to local sales sites.

To ensure the consistency of all media, CITROEN is applying the new visual identity to its 20 European websites on the morning of 6 February, using cutting-edge full 3D technology for all web communication concerning the new image.

CITROEN will enter a new internet era starting in the second-half of 2009, with a new European web strategy.

CITROEN Sport becomes CITROEN Racing

CITROEN has entered the motor sport history books with four World Rally Championship Manufacturers' titles and five WRC titles for driver Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena. Coinciding with the Cyprus Rally, CITROEN Sport is changing its name to CITROEN Racing. The specific qualities of WRC – speed, vitality, impetus – are incorporated in the new CITROEN Racing logo.


Architecture: Profound network transformation

To enhance customer relations and their experience of the brand, CITROEN is transforming its international network of sales outlets, including showroom, reception, sales and maintenance areas.

Outside, transparency, fluidity and colour provide simple and immediately recognisable points of reference. Inside, the customer experience has been entirely redesigned to lead customers naturally to the services they are looking for. As part of the ever-present CITROEN world, dedicated areas highlight the expertise of the Marque’s functions.

The winning project embodies the Marque’s ambition and makes the brand adaptable to all network conditions, whatever the location, layout and level of investment.

Over the next few years, CITROEN’s 8,000 sales outlets will be transformed so that customers all over the world can take pleasure in visiting their CITROEN outlet. CITROEN is implementing the new sales outlet architecture internally through an international network of architecture representatives and externally through a designated network of architects.

CITROEN already inaugurated this new architectural spirit at C_42, the brand's showcase on the world-famous Champs-Elysees. Some two million people have visited C_42 since it opened in September 2007.

Among the best on customer satisfaction

The customer’s experience of CITROEN has to be outstanding in all circumstances. To this end, the Marque has implemented a set of customer commitments in both sales and aftersales - “The Building Blocks ”. These include: taking care of customers immediately and on an individual basis; providing fast and clear answers; ensuring personalised vehicle handover and presentation; respecting lead times; giving explanations of work carried out; and follow-up afterwards.

Sales Building Blocks

1. You are welcomed within three minutes.
2. Internet information requests are answered within 24 hours.
3. Your needs are clearly identified. Adapted products and services are presented systematically.
4. You are offered a test drive, spontaneously and systematically.
5. You receive a formalised and personalised sales proposal or a completed order form.
6. The salesperson thanks you, sees you to the door and says goodbye.
7. You are given a reliable delivery date and informed immediately of any change.
8. The vehicle is delivered in perfect condition and complies 100% with your order.
You are advised on use and maintenance.
9. You are contacted no more than 5 days after handover to check you are happy with your vehicle. After-Sales Building Blocks
1. You are welcomed at the exact appointment time.
2. The protective items on your vehicle are fitted and removed in your presence.
3. A complete vehicle inspection is made in your presence.
4. You are informed of the work to be performed and presented with an estimate.
5. You are given a reliable time and notified of any changes in vehicle work (delays, extra work, etc.).
6. Your work is carried out as requested.
7. You receive an explanation of the work carried out and the invoice.
8. You are advised on vehicle maintenance and any future work to be planned.
9. You are contacted no less than 5 days after your workshop visit to check you are satisfied with the work.

To achieve this breakthrough on service quality and respect these commitments, CITROEN has a quality policy based on taking after-sales into account in product design, new accounting methods and network training courses, and the exchange of best practices.

These best practices are being rolled out through a lean management approach, operational for ten years in PSA Peugeot CITROEN plants and applied today in sales outlets.

CITROEN’s objective is to make its network a standard-setter on service quality. The Marque regularly measures performance and has shared objectives: to rank among the best carmakers in multi-brand surveys on purchase, delivery, servicing and repair, and to rank top-five in JD Power annual surveys.

CITROEN Select forges a new dynamic in used vehicles

CITROEN is enhancing its policy and launching CITROEN Select, 34 years after the launch of the Eurocasion label in Europe.

CITROEN Select is:

a strengthened range of services, including a warranty extension for vehicles over seven years old.
better visibility on CITROEN’s commitments to its customers:
finance options, including leasing;
additional service offers, including warranty, maintenance and servicing contracts;
initial inspection free of charge;
complete assistance 24/7 in 45 European countries;
a new image of used vehicles with an international dimension.

To implement this new used-vehicle strategy, CITROEN developed an optimised organisation structure in 2008, with centralised management of the used vehicle business for the entire Marque and new tools and methods for the network.

The objective is to increase our distributors’ share of used vehicle sales compared with new vehicle sales and to boost the satisfaction of our customers, transforming the used-vehicle business into a growth lever.

Meeting the needs of professionals with CITROEN Business

The Marque has developed CITROEN Business to respond to the specific needs of professional customers.

CITROEN Business is a range of targeted products and services provided by specialist salespeople in dedicated areas.

CITROEN is leading this sales offensive with a view to increasing brand sales to professional customers, and sales of passenger cars in particular. This policy is already showing results. In 2008, thanks to the success of the CITROEN C4 Picasso, the new CITROEN C5 and our renewed range of LCVs, CITROEN reported a 0.4-point increase in its share of car and LCV business sales in the seven biggest European markets, France, Germany, Spain, UK, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The first tangible sign of change is the creation of Business Centers in our network. CITROEN’s Business Centers comply with strict criteria in order to bring our customers personalised and adapted solutions: In Sales, salespeople are trained and 100% dedicated to professional customers, and LCVs are displayed in dedicated, clearly visible areas. In After-Sales adapted opening hours are offered, dedicated contact people and phone numbers, a commitment to maximum wait times for workshop appointments, and the systematic proposal of a mobility solution in the event that a vehicle breaks down or remains off the road.


Alongside the profound changes in its sales outlets and customer commitments, CITROEN is also thoroughly transforming its product strategy.

CITROEN today has the largest and most diverse range in its history. It will continue to differentiate its models, and at the same time accelerate their arrival on the market. Over the next three years, CITROEN will launch six new models in Europe, at a sustained pace of one launch every six months.

The customer expectation is changing; this is why CITROEN is launching complementary product strategies, corresponding to the kind of change its customers are looking for.

CITROEN at 42 Champs Elysees

Each season at C_42 sheds new and spectacular light on the world of CITROEN. C_42 has become one of the trendiest destinations on the Champs-Elysees, drawing some two million visitors since opening in September 2007.

The Marque's international showcase has now been completely transformed for a very special season. The interior is illuminated by a 20-metre high screen revealing CITROEN's new brand image. Each floor of this outstanding building takes visitors on a sensory tour of the new brand strap-line, “Creative Technologie”.

With the CITROEN C-Cactus concept car, displayed on the ground floor in an electric version sporting the new chevrons, CITROEN is exploring new design paths. Through maximum weight reduction, new architecture and new materials, the Marque is pointing to a new kind of mobility, one that is responsible and optimistic.

An interactive experience awaits visitors on the first floor, where they get to take an urban journey using Stop & Start micro-hybrid technology, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by more than 10% while improving acoustic comfort.

On the second floor, visitors can configure their very own CITROEN using a “multi-touch” table, gaining fuller insight into the Marque’s colours and materials universe.

Also on display is a CITROEN C5, fitted with intelligent traction control technology, and a CITROEN C3 Picasso, the latest expression of the Marque’s creativity. Visitors also get to experience a panoramic vision of the CITROEN C4 Picasso with an onboard camera.

Arriving on the top floor, visitors are treated to a range of sensory experiences focused on well-being in the CITROEN Lounge, while taking in a magnificent view over the Champs-Elysees.

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