See the young lady leaning towards the new Citroen C1 Connexion Edition in the pictures? That big smile on her face isn't because the uncomfortable photo session is coming to an end, but because she just learned that Citroen is the first manufacturer in the UK to offer a ‘black box’ solution as standard on a new car.
And what is this "black box"? Well, Citroen doesn't really divulge a lot of details, but just like the devices of the same name used in airplanes, the telematics Black Box in the Citroen will collect and store certain driving data and habits, which will then be utilized by insurance companies to increase, retain or lower your rates.
Citroen UK explained in a press statement:
"The Smartnav system, provided by Trafficmaster, allows Citroën to offer free insurance for the first year of ownership to all eligible drivers from 19 - 75 years of age when the car is funded with Elect 3 or Elect 4 finance. This new initiative from Citroën means younger drivers can now drive off in a new Citroën C1 1.0i 68 manual 3-door Connexion for just £109 per month plus deposit on Elect 3 finance - complete with free insurance."
"The Citroën insurance included in this offer is free for qualifying young drivers subject to two years No Claims Discount (NCD). Thanks to the fitment of the telematics unit, Citroën is also able to offer heavily discounted cover to drivers with zero or just one year’s NCD. For example a 19 year old with no NCD can insure a new C1 Connexion with Citroën Insurance for just £950."
"Importantly, renewal premiums will be based on the driving behaviour over the first 12 months of ownership. This means that, regardless of the age of the named individuals on the policy, good driving habits will be rewarded with lower insurance premiums in subsequent years."
If you cherish your pocket more than your freedom, the new C1 Connexion is available in two specifications, standard and Trafficmaster Smartnav, with OTR prices set at £9,820 and £10,170, respectively.