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Citroen drops C5 from UK range

Date: 19 May 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Citroen has dropped its C5 upper medium saloon and estate from its UK car range.

Last year, just 237 examples were sold - the lowest number since this generation was launched in 2008 - and a spokesman for the brand confirmed to BusinessCar that right-hand drive models have ceased production.

Just 17,105 mk3 models have been sold in the UK since 2008, compared to 45,502 mk1 units between 2001 and 2004.

"Sales have declined in the past few years in line with the product life-cycle. The D-segment [upper medium] has also reduced and now makes up only 4% of the market," the spokesman added.

"Demand has moved to vehicles in other segments such as SUVs and MPVs. A combination of the current C5's sale performance and declining volumes in the segment explains our decision to withdraw C5 in the UK."

A spokesman for Peugeot, which builds the C5's sister model, the 508, said he wasn't aware of any plans to axe the model from the UK. The 508 was last updated in 2014.

French rival, Renault, killed off its Ford Mondeo competitor, the Laguna, in February 2012 in order to improve profitability in the UK.