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First ever 'crowdsourced' car breaks cover - Citroen C1

The first officially crowdsourced car design in history has gone public - it's the Citroen C1 Connexion. Designed by the public via an app created with Facebook, the end result is the most popular of 24,000 different combinations.

Jag F-Type to debut in Paris

More than 24,000 configurations were submitted through Citroën's Facebook page to create the special edition. Users could visit a virtual 'factory floor' to choose what the model should look like and what features it should have. The final design of the C1 Connexion was created from the most popular configuration.

In an equally design budget-saving move, the Connexion model- specific badge was also designed by one of the app's graphics-savvy users. Underneath the crowdsourced design, the model is based on the VTR spec C1 with a manual gearbox, but with added extras. Among its extra standard equipment over and above the VTR are 14-inch alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows, Caldera Black metallic paint and Scarlet Red detailing inside and out.

VTR spec means the Connexion also features LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, dual front and front side airbags, front electric windows and more.

Efficiency figures are the same, with up to 65.7mpg and just 99g/km of CO2 on the official test cycle, making the model road tax-free under the current system.

Jaguar unveiled its new F-Type two-seater sports car for the first time at the Paris Motor Show last month. The completely new all-aluminium design is the spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type, as a high-performance lightweight and, it's hoped, stunning looks.

The car will be launched early next year and some details have already been released, and while the car will be rear- wheel-drive only using an eight-speed automatic gearbox, there will be three petrol engine choices. An all-new supercharged V6 will come in 335bhp and 375bhp versions, while a development of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 seen in cars like Jaguar's XFR will be the range-topper.

A disguised F-Type test mule was driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, but the Paris show was the first time it was seen publicly after 10 million computer- processor-hours of development.

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The price increase over the VTR model is £500 for a set of extras worth £925, making the C1 Connexion £9,495 for the three-door and £9,845 for the five-door.

For more information on the C1 Connection contact your local Citroen dealer like Simon Hartwell, Ferndown.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said before the Motor Show: "The unveiling of the F-Type in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar's history as it will mark the company's return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create.

"As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-Type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar's cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar's sporting bloodline is about to become reality."

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