Buying a new or used Citroen in Farnborough, Aldershot and Farnham can be a difficult process for many of us. With all of those abbreviations and acronyms that are listed to help with our decision, often causing confusion with most of us. Charters are cheerfully here to help with a list of the most common acronyms used on our site so you can understand exactly what vehicle you are getting and with what level of specification. This list is constantly changing so if you find an acronym that needs further explanation then don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll include it in this list. Our aim is to make buying a new or used Citroen as easy as possible.
Engine & Gearbox acronyms:
How often have we seen an engine model number that states: e-HDi 115 Airdream ETG6. Does this mean anything to anyone? We didn’t think so either. Let us explain:
Petrol and Diesel models are listed as either:
VTi – a petrol engine (VTi stands for Variable Valve Lift and Timing injection)
HDi – a diesel engine (HDi stands for High-pressure direct injection)
eHDi – a diesel engine with start /stop technology. The engine cuts out when the vehicle comes to a standstill (such as at traffic lights) and restarts when the accelerator is depressed. These engines are the most efficient and are often referred to as micro-hybrid technology.
BlueHDi – a diesel engine which provides extremely low carbon emission levels which in turn means that road tax and London congestion charge is kept to a minimum.
THP – a petrol engine that is all about torque (THP – Turbo Haute Pression – English translation: High Pressure Turbo)
VTi (petrol) models are amongst the most powerful options, HDi (diesel) offer a combination of power and economy and eHDi is purely focused on keeping fuel costs down and efficiency up.
HYbrid4 – This engine system is covered in depth in our specially design HYbrid4 section. It is a diesel engine working in harmony with an electric motor to provide a combined power output of 200bhp whilst keeping carbon emissions and fuel costs low. HYbrid4 is electric motoring done right.
Airdream is Citroen’s label for highly economical vehicles that provide less than 140g/km of CO2, be produced at an ISO 14001 certified plant and be 95% recoverable. A Citroen with an Airdream moniker means has an incredibly low carbon footprint with both build and running considered.
EGS – and automatic gearbox with no clutch pedal (EGS stands for Electronic Gearbox system)
ETG6 transmission – an automatic gearbox with no clutch pedal and 6 gears for greater economy (ETG6 stands for Efficient Tronic Gearbox 6).
Manual transmissions are listed as 5 or 6 gears. These models have a clutch pedal for a more traditional driving experience.
Automatic gearbox systems can often offer more interior space in certain vehicles such as the new Citroen C4 Picasso. The ETG6 system is controlled by a lever on the dashboard meaning there is space in the centre console for storage instead of a gear lever.
The numerical figure in the engine designation refers to the power output of the engine. Therefore 155 refers to 155 BHP (brake horsepower – a more powerful engine).
Model trim levels:
Depending on the Citroen you choose, different trim levels names are used. We will list the most common below:
VT – This is to specify the standard model trim on various models (such as the C3, Berlingo Multispace and C3 Picasso)
VTR – The mid-range model on C3, Berlingo Multispace and C3 Picasso and the standard model on C4, C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso and C5
VTR+ – The premium model on C3, Berlingo Multispace and C3 Picasso and the mid-range model on C4 , C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso and C5
Exclusive – The premium model on C4 and C5 and the sub-premium model in the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso
Exclusive+ The premium model for the new C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso. It doesn’t get more luxurious and fully featured than this.
Edition – The standard model for the Citroen C1
Platinum – The premium model for the Citroen C1
Selection – A special edition model for the C3
DSign – The standard model for the DS3, DS3 Cabrio DS4 and DS5
DSign+ The standard model with enhancements for the DS3
DStyle – The mid-range model for the DS3, DS3 Cabrio DS4 and DS5
Dstyle+ The mid-range model with enhancements for the DS3
DStyle Techno A special edition of the DStyle which showcases many of the 2014 facelift features
DSire A mid/high range trim level for DS3 introduced in 2014
DSire+ All of the features of DSire with some extra value features (at a saving to our customers)
DSport – The premium model for the DS3, DS3 Cabrio DS4 and DS5
DSport+ – The premium model with enhancements for the DS3
Touch – The standard trim level of the new Citroen C1
Feel – The mid-range trim level of the new Citroen C1
Flair – The premium trim level of the new Citroen C1
Airscape – The soft top edition of the new Citroen C1
EMP2 – This is the new modular platform (or chassis) that many new Citroens are built on. It is lighter in weight than its closest competitor and helps keep running costs down.
G/KM – Carbon emissions are measured in grams per kilometre. Road tax and London Congestion costs are based upon this figure. A car with lower than 100g/km means that it is currently eligible for zero road text and zero London congestion charging. If you want a car that is kind to the environment and your pocket, look for lower carbon emissions.
Euro5/6 – This refers to a European emissions standard for new vehicles produced. Euro 5 (established in September 2009) meant that all vehicles produced will produced with emission limits within certain acceptable guidelines. Euro 6 replaces the Euro 5 standard and is to be put into place in September 2014. Several of our Citroens are sold which are already Euro 6 compliant in readiness for this standard so you know that the vehicle you drive is the most efficient and kind to the environment as it could possibly be.
For more details on any of our Citroen models, do not hesitate to call us. We are open seven days a week and are welcome to test drive any of our cars. Be sure to book your test drive though as our weekends are extremely busy.
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