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Citroen C3 Picasso: a people mover on a small canvas

Citroen has taken the wraps off its little people mover, the C3 Picasso, ahead of the Paris Motor Show in October. And like a good French car it has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Derek Fung
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Paris Motor Show 2008 preview Citroen has taken the wraps off its little people mover, the C3 Picasso, ahead of the Paris Motor Show later this year. And like a good French car it has a certain je ne sais quoi.

A certain something
The French have a knack for making people movers look, if not sexy, then funky and interesting. Although we're not quite sure it's what Pablo Picasso would've come up with were he handed the task of designing a car.

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Small outside, big inside
At just 4m long, it's sized between a Toyota Yaris and Corolla. It does stand 1.7m tall though, so it is significantly bigger than both in that direction.

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Inside
The C3 Picasso's interior looks like a nice place to be. It continues Citroen's recent trend with centrally located digital instrumentation.

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Not yet confirmed
Citroen's Australian importers are still tossing around the idea of bringing the C3 Picasso to the antipodes. We wouldn't hold our breath — we don't really have a strong history of buying mini-MPVs.

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Big brother
The C3 Picasso slots in under the larger C4 Picasso, seen here in front Sydney's Luna Park.

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C-Cactus
If you squint, the new mini-Picasso looks a bit like the C-Cactus concept car shown here. Okay, you have to squint very hard.

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Competitor #1
Europe is big on small, so it's no surprise to find that the C3 Picasso doesn't have the tiny MPV arena all to itself. There's the Modus and Grand Modus for one ...

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Competitor #2
As well as Vauxhall/Opel's Meriva.

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