The Citroen C5 has been on the market for more than eight years now and, obviously, the model is in a desperate need of a successor. Wonder why? Its sales have been steadily declining in the last years after a peak in 2010, when more than 115,000 customers placed an order for the French vehicle worldwide.
In the United Kingdom, the situation is ever worse. In 2015, just 237 C5s were sold, which represent only 0.5 percent of the sales the car achieved in its best-selling period – 2001 to 2004. Taking into account these figures, it comes as no surprise the automaker has decided to stop sales of the model in the country.
While there’s still no official information from Citroen whether the C5 will be getting a replacement soon, it seems that the manufacturer is highly focusing on SUVs and family MPVs. The company cites the increasing popularity of these two segments as the main reason for the C5’s demise. Also, Citroen says, D-segment cars account for only four percent of all U.K. sales.
During the first quarter of the year, European D-segment (or midsize segment) sales were up by nine percent with the Volkswagen Passat playing the dominant role again. Second is the Skoda Superb, followed by the Ford Mondeo, while the Citroen C5 is on tenth place with 28 percent decrease over Q1 of 2015.