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Citroën has launched a Facebook app that it says will create the UK’s first ever crowdsourced production vehicle.

Facebook users will be able to choose the design for a special edition of the company's new C1 city car, called the C1 Connexion.

The app allows users to provide input on six elements of the design - the number of doors; the exterior and interior colours; equipment such as Bluetooth or satnav; and alloy wheels.

Users can decided if they want to use a personalised version of the app, which requires access to more of their data, or a ‘non personalised experience’ which only requires access to the user’s basic information.

Each car submitted counts as a vote, and the combination of colours and features that are most popular will be incorporated into the final design.

To entice people to take part Citroën is offering everyone who enters the chance to win one of the special edition models, which will go on sale later this year.

In order to enter the competition users have to first ‘like’ the app, meaning the new model will be promoted to their friends as it is pushed out via Facebook's newsfeed.   

Facebook UK commercial director Stephen Haines said the social network helped Citroën build the app which integrates “the interactions and the stories people have with the brand into the products they create.”

Facebook shouldn’t just be bolted on to an existing campaign, it should be an integral part of the brand’s full marketing and strategic plan. With this app, Citroën is demonstrating that effective campaigns take in social from the very start."

We reported last month that Facebook is offering free consultation to US automotive companies and the collaboration with Citroën appears to be an extension of that programme.

As for whether the special edition will be a success, the C1 is already one of Citroën’s most popular models with 80,000 sold in the UK since its 2005 launch.

Citroën says the new model will be “a car created for the Facebook generation, by the Facebook generation,” but it appears to be more of a marketing ploy than a genuine attempt to create a car that will sell in huge numbers.

After all, would you prefer to choose your own colour scheme for your new C1 - or go with a predetermined Facebook design?

David Moth

Published 4 April, 2012 by David Moth @ Econsultancy

David Moth is Editor and Head of Social at Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via Google+ and LinkedIn

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Comments (3)



Very well explained, thanks!
I really quite like the idea of having a market ploy like this. Hitting 3 targets with 1 arrow is an ideal game for everyone to go with. This idea should really give them the real time stats, feedback, help in their model , looking at some broader prospects, huge traffic to FB, to traffic etc. Worth creating huge buzz through FaceBook.

over 4 years ago


Adam Lee

This reminds me of that episode of the Simpson's when Homer designs a car and puts his brother's company out of business.
Must admit I did like the idea of a separate bubble for the kids to sit in!

over 4 years ago


Jason Fashade

It's not really a crowdsourced vehicle but more croudsourced design for the vehicle, limited to colour and number of doors, alloys etc, which can be customised by customers on an individual basis anyway.

Think it's more about the hype and incorporating social media like the Domino's social pizza!

over 4 years ago

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