If you thought last year's Finale special represented the end of Citroen's C5 in Australia, think again.
Instead, the 2016 Citroen C5 will be the last of the line for the Australian market, with the company's local distributor today finally confirming its impending retirement.
To see out the big family car's run, a final 62 vehicles will be offered - one for each year since the introduction of Citroen's iconic hydro-pneumatic suspension system, which will be retired alongside the C5.
To date this year, Citroen has sold just 35 examples of the ageing C5, although it will likely be hoping that this final offering will motivate the Francophile collector-minded buyer.
Indeed, the company says it has already pre-sold 10 extra-special vehicles in the final run, each the only examples to be fitted with its new 133kW/400Nm 2.0-litre BlueHDi turbo diesel. Dual exhausts will also feature with those 10 cars.
The 62 vehicles are made up of 25 sedans and 37 Touring wagons, with the remaining 52 cars powered by the existing 120kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Citroen says it has also sold 10 of these vehicles already.
All 62 final examples of the C5 to be offered in Australia will feature the same 7.0-inch display offered previously, but with the addition of Apple CarPlay, Mirror Link, digital radio and a 16gb media storage capacity.
This is added to an existing equipment spread that includes Citroen's hydro-pneumatic suspension with ride-height adjustment, along with a reversing camera, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
There's also a sunroof (panoramic roof for wagons), heated front seats (massaging for driver), window shades to the rear window and rear seat side windows.
Each is fitted with 18-inch wheels as standard, although larger 19-inch wheels will also be available at a $2000 premium, along with an $1800 audio upgrade, $1000 pearl paint and $800 metallic paint.
The remaining C5 vehicles still available are priced from $47,990 plus on-road costs for the 120kW C5 sedan and $49,990 for the 120kW C5 Touring wagon.
The 133kW specials, now sold out, were priced at $49,990 for the sedan and $52,990 for the Touring.
Citroen Australia general manager, Kai Bruesewitz, said that the C5 - along with others like the DS, CX, GS, BX, XM, Xantia and C6 - had become cult cars among fans for their hydro-pneumatic system.
“While it’s sad to see both C5 and the hydro-pneumatic suspension system leave Australian shores, Citroen fans should rest assured that comfort will remain a top priority with a range of new vehicles being developed under the Citroen Advanced Comfort program."
For now, the company is not offering any official word on its plans for the C5 badge beyond this generation.