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by Tim Beissmann

The long-body version of the Citroen Berlingo compact van is now available with an automatic transmission from $28,990 before on-road costs.

The Berlingo L2 ETG auto shares its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with the L2 manual, producing 66kW of power and 215Nm of torque.

The six-speed auto model adds stop-start engine technology, however, helping to make it 18 per cent more fuel efficient than the five-speed manual – 4.7 vs 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.

Citroen‘s ETG (Efficient Tronic Gearbox) is a semi-automatic transmission that can be left in automatic mode or operated manually via paddleshifters on the steering wheel.

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The Berlingo L2 ETG also comes standard with electronic stability control with traction control and hill start assist – important safety features that remain optional on the $24,990 L2 manual and $19,990 short-body L1 manual.

Citroen Australia national sales manager Shaun Mackle says the introduction of an automatic transmission and standard ESC come in response to demand from local customers.

As an introductory offer, the Citroen Berlingo L2 auto will be priced at $28,990 driveaway until December 31, saving buyers approximately $2500-$3000 in on-road costs depending on state charges.

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