Models of Citroën: 1980
March sees the launch of the Visa Sextant, a limited series in 2,000 examples.
In May, Citroën launches a version of the Acadiane with a 602 cm 3 engine running on LPG. For the same performance as a petrol vehicle, the van consumes between 7 and 9 litres of gas/100 km.
In July, the Visa Super is replaced by the Visa Super E economy version and the Visa Super X. Super E: 1,124 cm 3 engine, 57 bhp at 6,250 rpm, 5 bhp, 142 km/h, 5.5 litres/100 km. Super X: 1,219 cm 3 engine, 64 bhp at 6,000 rpm, 7 bhp, 155 km/h, 6.7 litres/100 km.
The Paris Motor Show unveils the limited edition 2CV Charleston, with a two-tone paint scheme and round headlamps. Citroën originally planned to make just 8,000 examples of the 2CV-based Charleston, but in 1981 it becomes a standard model.
Models of Citroën: 1981
In March the Visa is replaced by the Visa II, a car with redesigned body-work and a more economical engine. The Visa II comes in four versions: Special, Club, Super E and Super X. Visa II Special and Club: 652 cm 3 , 35 bhp at 5,250 rpm, 4 bhp, 124 km/h, 5.8 litres/100 km. Visa II Super E: 1,124 cm 3 , 50 bhp at 5,500 rpm, 5 bhp, 140 km/h, 5.1 litres/100 km. Visa II Super X: 1,219 cm 3 , 64 bhp at 6,000 rpm, 7 bhp, 155 km/h, 6.7 litres/100 km.
May sees the launch of the new C25 utility vehicle, a vehicle produced and sold by Citroën (gearbox and diesel engine), Peugeot (petrol engine) and Fiat. Three different versions are available: C25 petrol with 1,070 kg payload, 1,796 cm 3 , 69 bhp at 4,800 rpm, 10 bhp, 120 km/h; C25 petrol with 1,405 kg payload, 1,971 cm 3 , 78 bhp at 5,000 rpm, 11 bhp, 124 km/h and C25 Diesel with 1,070 or 1,405 kg payload, 2,500 cm 3 , 75 bhp at 4,100 rpm, 10 bhp, 122 km/h.
July sees the launch of the GSA Special with a 1,300 cm 3 economy-tuned engine.
October heralds the arrival of the LNA Club, with improved trim.
Models of Citroën: 1982
April sees the launch of the Visa West End and GSA Tuner, limited editions produced in 1,000 and 1,500 examples respectively.
In July the CX 20 and 20 TRE replace the CX Reflex and Athena.
Also in July, the GSA X1 replaces the GSA Club.
Still in July, the Visa II Super X is replaced by the Visa GT: 1,360 cm 3 engine, 80 bhp DIN at 5,800 rpm, 168 km/h, 5.6 litres/ 100 km, 5-speed gearbox.
EStill in July, the LNA 11 E and 11 RE, with a 1,124 cm 3 4-cylinder engine, join the LNA range.
The Paris Motor Show unveils the BX, a car offering a choice of three engines: 1,360 cm 3 , 62 bhp DIN at 5,500 rpm, 4-speed gearbox, 155 km/h, 5.6 litres/100 km; 1,360 cm 3 , 72 bhp DIN at 5,700 rpm, 5-speed gearbox, 163 km/h, 5.5 litres/100 km; and 1,580 cm 3 , 90 bhp DIN at 6,000 rpm, 5-speed gearbox, 176 km/h, 5.5 litres/100 km.
Models of Citroën: 1983
January sees the launch of the LNA Cannelle, based on the LNA 11E. The LNA Cannelle is a limited edition made in 2,000 examples.
In February, the Visa Super E (1,124 cm 3 engine) provides the basis for the Visa Convertible. The hood with its rear window can be folded back in full or in part.
April heralds the arrival of the CX 25 RD Turbo and CX 25 TRD Turbo saloon and estate, powered by a new Citroën turbo-diesel engine: 4-cylinder in-line, 2,500 cm 3 , 95 bhp DIN at 3,700 rpm, 7 bhp, 5-speed gearbox, 174 km/h, 5.7 litres/100 km. With these versions, Citroën enters the European market for top-class long-distance touring cars.
April also sees the launch of the limited edition 2CV "France 3", of which 2,000 are built.
The 200 Visa "1000 Pistes" four-wheel drive gains homologation for Group B: 1,360 cm 3 , 112 bhp DIN at 6,800 rpm, torque 13 mkg DIN at 4,500 rpm, weight 850 kg.
Models of Citroën: 1984
March sees the launch of the Visa Diesel with the modern high-performance XUD engine: 1,769 cm 3 , 4 cylinders in-line, 60 bhp DIN at 4,600 rpm, 5 bhp, 152 km/h, 4.3 litres/100 km at 90 km. Performance rivals the petrol versions.
In July, the Axel arrives from Romania, where it is built in Craiova. It offers a choice of two GSA-based engines. It is a strong, functional car, easy to maintain and with good roadholding. The 2-box, 3-door, 5-seat car is offered in five versions: three passenger car models and two fleet versions. A total 19,129 examples of the Axel are produced between July 1984 and 1 January 1985.
October brings the Cl5E and the Cl5D, two light vans based on the Visa, and with a 570 kg payload. Their proven components and remarkable performance make them an immediate success. C l5E: 1,124 cm 3 engine, 47 bhp at 5,750 rpm, 6 bhp, 125 km/h. Cl5D: 1,769 cm 3 diesel, 60 bhp at 4,600 rpm, 7 bhp, 133 km/h.
October also brings the CX 25 GTI Turbo, a car with a 2,500 cm 3 turbocharged fuel-injected engine, developing 168 bhp and reaching a speed of 220 km/h. This performance makes it one of the fastest cars in its class.
Models of Citroën: 1985
The Visa GTI unveiled at the 1984 Paris Motor Show, goes on sale: 1,580 cm 3 , fuel-injected engine, 105 bhp DIN at 6,250 rpm, 8 bhp, 5-speed gearbox, 188 km/h. Its performance and behaviour make it a true GTI. It is also appreciated for the practical 5-door layout.
March brings three more limited editions: the Visa Challenger, 3,500 examples; the 2CV Dolly, 3,000 examples ; and the BX Sport, 2,500 examples. This last model proves so popular that it is added to the main BX range in July.
July sees the launch of the BX Estate, offering three engines (1,580 cm 3 , 7 bhp, 1,905 cm 3 , 9 bhp, and 1,905 cm 3 diesel, 7 bhp) and two levels of trim. The hydropneumatic suspension maintains constant ride height regardless of load, setting new standards in safety and roadholding excellence.
Models of Citroën: 1986
February sees the launch of five new BX estate cars. The BX 14 estate features the 1,360 cm 3 engine of the BX 14 saloon (72 bhp at 5,750 rpm, torque of 11 mkg at 3,000 rpm, 5-speed gearbox). Four other new estate versions offer different levels of trim: the BX 19 D, the BX 14 E Entreprise, the BX 16 S Entreprise and the BX 19 D Entreprise.
The Visa 10 E - based on the 11 E - is launched in March bringing the total number of models in the Visa range to thirteen.
In July, the passenger compartments and the bodyshell of the entire BX range are modified, and 5 new versions are put onto the market.
The BX 19 GTI features a new 4-cylinder 1,905 cm 3 injection engine (125 bhp at 5,500 rpm, torque of 17.8 mkg at 4,500 rpm). Performance: 0 to 400 m: 16.4 secs; 0-1000 m: 30.5 secs; 0-100 km/h: 8.9 secs; top speed: 198 km/h. The BX D is based on the BX 19 RD, equipped with the new 1,769 cm 3 XUD7 engine. The BX 19 TRS replaces the BX 19 GT, while other models include the BX 16 TS and the BX 19 RD. The BX range offers 22 different versions.
The AX is launched at the Paris Motor Show. The version on display - a three-door front-wheel drive model with a drag coefficient of 0.31 - is equipped with an all-new power unit and gearbox assembly.
Models of Citroën: 1987
The BX 15 RE is launched in January, boosting the number of vehicles in the BX range to 23 (15 saloons and 8 estates). The BX 15 RE is powered by a 1,580 cm 3 XU unit (80 bhp at 5,600 rpm, torque of 13.5 mkg at 2,800 rpm).
January also sees the launch of the AX 10 E Entreprise. In March, the CX 25 Turbo diesel is fitted with an air/air exchanger, adding 26% more power (120 bhp at 3,900 rpm) and 18% more torque (26 mkg at 2,000 rpm) to the CX 25 Turbo Diesel 2, and earning the car the title of fastest diesel saloon in Europe.
The AX breaks into the small sportscar market with the introduction of the AX Sport. The eighth member of the AX family is equipped with a 1,294 cm 3 engine derived from the TU1, with bore of 75 mm and stroke of 73.2 mm. The unit, equipped with a dual-barrel carburetter and a 5-speed gearbox, develops 95 bhp at 6,800 rpm with torque of 11.5 mkg at 5,000 rpm.
In July, Citroën brings out the 16-Valve BX 19 GTI, equipped with the first French-designed multivalve engine (4 cylinders, 1,905 cm 3 , 160 bhp at 6,500 rpm, torque of 18.4 mkg at 5,000 rpm, top speed of 218 km/h). The 16-Valve BX 19 GTI becomes the flagship of the BX range, and takes the number of versions available from 23 to 24.
In October, the AX GT moves to the top of the AX range. The lines of the AX GT are reminiscent of the AX Sport, and the car is equipped with a 4-cylinder 1,360 cm 3 power unit and a 5-speed gearbox. The AX range offers 16 versions with five engine options (45 to 95 bhp).
Models of Citroën: 1988
February brings a limited edition of 2,500 AX K.Ways (version of the 3-door AX 10 E), followed in April by 4,000 5-door AX K.Ways.
March sees the launch of the new version of the AX Sport and three BX Diesel Turbos: RD Turbo, TRD Turbo and TRD Turbo Evasion. All three BXs are powered by a 1,760 cm 3 engine (4-cylinder in-line, 90 bhp at 4,300 rpm, torque of 18.5 mkg at 2,100 rpm, top speed of 180 km/h (saloons) and 174 km/h (Evasion estate). The BX 19 TRI Evasion arrives in the showrooms, with the same engine as the BX 19 GTI.
In October, the Activa prototype is presented at the Paris Motor Show. The Activa programme sees the development of various projects, including four-wheel steering and master-controlled suspension.
Also at the Motor Show, Citroën announces the market debut of seven versions of the AX Diesel (two 3-door versions, three 5-door versions and two company versions), all powered by the TUD3 engine (4-cylinder, 1,360 cm 3 , 53 bhp at 5,000 rpm, torque of 8.6 mkg at 2,500 rpm) and six 4-wheel-drive versions of the C 25 1400.
Models of Citroën: 1989
The BX 4x4 and the BX 4x4 Evasion are launched in February. The four-wheel drive model is fitted with three differentials: front, central with electronic locking, and a limited-slip differential at the rear. Both models are equipped with a l,905 cm 3 four cylinder powerplant developing 107 bhp at 6,000 rpm with torque of 16.6 mkg at 3,000 rpm. A third model, powered by the BX 19 GTI engine (125 bhp at 5,500 rpm), is brought to market in July.
In May, the new luxury saloon, the Citroën XM is launched. For the first time ever, a production car is fitted with hydractive suspension - a system combining the intelligence of electronic sensing with the flexibility of hydraulic power. The XM opens a new chapter in the top-range story: a combination of driving pleasure and active safety. Launched in three versions and with a diesel engine in October - this Bertone-designed squareback saloon is currently available in eight versions, with three levels of equipment and five engine options. The range comprises 3 petrol versions (4-cylinder 2-litre carburettor, 115 bhp at 5,800 rpm -193 km/h; 4-cylinder 2-litre injection, 130 bhp at 5,600 rpm - 205 km/h; 6-cylinder 3-litre injection, 170 bhp at 5,600 rpm - 222 km/h); and two 4-cylinder diesel engines with three valves per cylinder (normally aspirated 2.1 litres, 83 bhp at 4,600 rpm, 176 km/h; turbocharged 2.1 litres, 110 bhp at 4,300 rpm-192 km/h).
The BX 19 TGS is launched in December (1,905 cm 3 engine, 9 or 7 bhp fiscal rating). The entire BX range is upgraded and renamed. Five special editions are introduced: the AX and BX Tonic, AX Air France Madame, and the AX and BX Image.