Citroen draws screens for 30-year-old minivans and MPVs

Citroen on Thursday announced the completion of its Grand C4 SpaceTourer model, a four-door minivan-like MPV, drawing a line of small man haulers under the age of 30 that has now overshadowed the brand’s family image by SUVs.

“As consumer aspirations evolve, the expression and expansion of modernity today is driven by other shapes (and) the way of thinking dynamics is changing, the Grand C4 Spacer is now making a comeback,” the brand said in a statement.

In France, minivan and MPV sales fell to almost zero in the first quarter as SUVs claimed the lion’s share of 46% of new car registrations, racing with traditional sedans which accounted for 47% of sales. In the United States, SUVs have become a very influential body style, but minivans are still sold. Among the Stellantis brands in the United States, Chrysler Pacifica is the fourth best-selling model, although this number probably includes both consumer and fleet sales.

Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

Production of the Grand C4 spacecraft at its plant in Vigo, Spain, will be shut down in early July after current orders are delivered, Stellantis added in a press release.

Citroen, which has two models of electric minivans in its catalog, plans to focus on its C5 Aircross SUV and its larger C5X sedan.

In 30 years, the brand has sold nearly 4.5 million minivans worldwide, including the Evans since 1994, the C8 from 2002 and, most importantly, the Xsara and C4 Picasso since 1998, with their rounded silhouettes and family-friendly designs preferred by customers.

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