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Know if I need headlamp beam deflectors for a UK C4 in Europe?
Thought you might all be interested in this - Having already gone through getting a Merc. A Class with Xenon, H.I.D. headlights 'converted' for foreign use, I was very careful to get exact advice before I took my C4 away to France, in June : -

Here is (most) of the E-mail I sent to Citroen (UK) :

Hello,

I am the proud owner of a brand new, Citroen C4 VTS Coupe, 180

Reg: KN57

VIN: VF7

RP. No.

As this vehicle is fitted as standard with Automatic adjusting Dual Function Xenon Headlights, with adaptive turning facility, and I am just about to take the car for ten days, to the south of France, I require to know : -

1. Does this car require Headlight Beam Converters.

and

2. If it does, do you supply these as an accessory, either with or without headlamp protectors

and

3. If so, can you give me the required part numbers and retail price.

Regards,



This was the reply I received: -

File /Case

Dear ............

Thank you for your e-mail dated 29 May 2008.

The latest information obtained from our Technical Department confirms that, there is no legal requirement for the fitment of headlight templates for the Citroën C4 model range. Vehicles with non-Xenon light fitments have an internal beam adjustment (please refer to owner's manual), to ensure that lights can be lowered to avoid dazzling on-coming continental drivers. Vehicles with Xenon light fitments have automatic adjustment and the fitting of a template can damage the light unit.

I hope the above clarifies matters and I would like to thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Yours sincerely

CITROËN UK LIMITED


CUSTOMER CONTACT CENTRE

.


I carried a copy of this, whilst I was abroad, but it was not required. And apart from the odd driver, indeed, I did not get flashed! - You just have to remember to dip your lights earlier, no matter what country you drive in, as the lights are 'adaptive', and follow (for a few degrees) the steering angle.


Updated by 'Louis' 16th May 2010

For confirmation of the UK variant C4GP Headlights and 'Continental Driving' here are some images showing Citroen UK's confirmation plus a visual description of the difference between normal headlights and 'Z' beam reflectors.









For confirmation of the UK variant C4GP Headlights and 'Continental Driving' here are some images showing Citroen UK's confirmation plus a visual description of the difference between normal headlights and 'Z' beam reflectors.









Paperhouse wrote ...

I have exchanged emails with Citroen customer services in France and I have been assured that headlamp beam deflectors are not required. Should anyone travelling in France be stopped by the police, perhaps a copy of the following text (as supplied by Citroen) might useful to have in the car.

Merci de m'avoir contacté concernant l'utilisation des phares de votre Grand C4 Picasso en Europe.
Votre Citroën Grand C4 Picasso est équipé de phares avant á faisceaux plats. Cela signifie que vous n'avez pas a masquer le faisceau lumineux.

D'un point de vue légal, vous devez juste vous assurer que le faiseau de vos phares n'éblouissent pas les autres conducteurs, ce qui est de toute facon le cas lorsque vous conduisez en GB ou ailleurs. En résumé, vous pouvez donc voyager sur en Europe sans avoir á effectuer de manipulation particuliere sur votre véhicule.

Nous espérons que ces précisions vous ont été utiles et rassurantes. N'hésitez pas á me contacter si vous avez besoin de renseignements supplementaires, je serais ravi de vous aider.

Je vous souhaite un agréable voyage et séjour en Europe

Cordialement,
Sukhdeep Bhamra
Regional Support Manager


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FAQ Posted by Loeb
Info Created: 01 September 2008
Last Updated: 03 December 2012