CitroŽn Cactus Concept Debuts at Frankfurt Show

Autoweek - Sept 2013

FRANKFURT - September 2013.  CitroŽn unveiled a new concept car at the September 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.  Named the Cactus - the concept car takes its name from the stylized cactus-looking "Airbumps" on the doors designed to prevent door dings in parking lots.  This exact design will not see production although the 2014 C4 Cactus will retain a lot of the car's styling cues. 

At first glance the Cactus doesn't much resemble a current or past Citroen model and could even be seen as a variant of the Mini Countryman or the Range Rover Evoque.  Closer inspection does expose contemporary Citroen styling and the large double chevrons above the grille and on the steering wheel quickly reveals the car's parentage.

The Cactus' Airbumps will carry over to the C4 Cactus production model and might carry over to Citroen's other production cars if it is well received by consumers.

 

 

 


CitroŽn Tubik Concept Van Wows at Frankfurt Show

FRANKFURT - September 2011.  Labeled a "high-tech executive shuttle" the Tubik concept van seems reminiscent of Citroen's TUB & Hvans of yesteryear.  Capable of carrying up to 9 passengers in several different configurations among three rows of seats, the Tubik has a clam-shell-type side door that allows unobstructed access.  The Tubik seems more evocative of the 1970's psychedelic love van than executive shuttle but its lounge seating, surround-sound stereo and large screen television would make for one sweet ride when being chauffeured in rush-hour traffic.

 

 

CitroŽn-Sponsored 3-Wheeled Design

www.theautochannel.com February 2011

PARIS Ė February 8, 2011: A series of visionary designs in a Citroen sponsored project have been unveiled at the Royal College of Artís Interim Degree Show in London. The Double Challenge project required RCA MA second year students to design a compelling ultra-compact model that could establish a unique CitroŽn e-vehicle aesthetic for the future. The project was jointly sponsored by CitroŽn and EXA, a France-based aerodynamic simulation software company.

Heikki Juvonenís E-3POD Antistatic was chosen as the best overall design by representatives from CitroŽnís Style Centre and Electric Vehicle Development Team. His single-seat creation is a bold and engaging take on an urban three wheel electric vehicle. The distinctive, aerodynamic styling features two smaller wheels at the front with the driver sitting inside a larger third wheel with an innovative hub-less design. As his prize, Heikki receives a six month employment contract to work at the prestigious PSA Design Centre in Paris.

Heikki commented; ďIím thrilled CitroŽn selected my design as their favourite and I canít wait to work with their talented team in France. As a designer I strive for new and better solutions. Good and sustainable design not only improves manufacturer brand image and sales, but can also help to preserve our environment.Ē

CitroŽn had significant involvement throughout the Double Challenge project, providing industry figures to lend the students their expertise and experience, as well as organising a trip to the PSA Design Centre and Le Conservatoire, CitroŽnís in-house museum of historic models.

Philippe Holland, Responsable Style Graphique at CitroŽn, said; ďWeíre delighted to be involved in this important RCA project. The students have produced some truly exceptional ideas for the future design of electric CitroŽn vehicles. This type of powertrain is increasingly recognised as an important solution for economically and environmentally viable urban transport; so itís fantastic to see the electric visions of these potential car designers of tomorrow.Ē

 

 


C-ZERO TEST DRIVE

www.sussexexpress.co.uk January 2011

We hear a lot about electric vehicles but most are impractical or never actually offered for sale.  The Citroen C-ZERO is a reality, offering zero emissions, a six-hour plug-in recharge time and a range of up to 80 miles. Itís expensive but many urban businesses and local authorities will not be deterred by the asking price. Driving an electric vehicle always slightly confounds your expectations. For a start they disappoint because the child in me expects them to make milk float sound effects. They donít. They make no noise whatsoever, which in itself can be a bit of a menace to dozy pedestrians.

The C-ZEROís permanent magnet synchronous motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery system and develops 64bhp from 3,000 to 6,000rpm. The real clincher is a maximum torque figure of 180Nm thatís available instantly from 0 to 2000rpm which gives the little Citroen a surprising amount of verve as it steps off the mark.

The batteries can be charged either by plugging the supply cord into a household 240-volt socket or, alternatively, by using an industrial 400-volt supply for an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. The C-ZERO uses a simpler transmission than its Mitsubishi cousin. Through the first portion of throttle travel the C-ZERO is in Eco mode Ė give it a firmer prod and it surrenders the remaining power. On the road, the C-ZERO is good for 80mph all out, accelerates from 0-62mph in 15 seconds and has a range of around 80 miles over the standard combined cycle. The C-ZEROís nine-metre turning circle and alert handling also make it easy to navigate through city traffic. Parking is simpler than in any other vehicle I can think of thanks to its narrowness and the fact that the front wheels are further forwards than the bonnet, making it easy to edge into the meanest parking bay. At just 3475mm long, itís dwarfed by a Citroen C1 city car.

Aside from the fact that youíre very aware that thereís not a lot of metal in front of your seating position, the interior of the C-ZERO feels fairly conventional, if somewhat narrow. Two big blokes might rub shoulders in one but it offers more space than you might expect for such a short vehicle. This is because the propulsion system is very compact and the underfloor batteries donít impinge too much on cabin space. Thereís actually more space in the back of the C-ZERO than in most city cars and you get five doors as well. Donít count on carrying much baggage as the boot is tiny with the rear seats in place. The 80 mile range tends to introduce a bit of Ďrange anxietyí when driving it but as long as youíre not too heavy with the throttle, itíll manage most commutes with ease.

Whatís tougher to justify at the moment is the asking price which, sadly, puts the C-ZERO beyond the budget of most retail customers. Still, if you work for an environmentally-conscious business, cars like the C-ZERO might soon be ousting the BMWs in the company car park.

 


CitroŽn Lacoste Debuts at 2010 Paris Motor Show

www.Autoweek.com  September 2010

The CitroŽn Lacoste concept for the Paris motor show combines bench seats, an inflatable canopy and fashion design cues into a unique small car. Measuring 135.8 inches long--nearly three feet shorter than a Ford Fiesta--the CitroŽn Lacoste pushes its wheels to the corners with a 90.6-inch wheelbase.There are no doors. A cutout on each side of the car opens the way to get to the front or rear bench seats. There's not much of a roof, either. An overhead spine runs from the rear of the car to the windshield header. Should passengers want protection from rain or sun, a canopy deploys from the overhead spine. For those who want more opening, the concept car's windshield can be lowered. CitroŽn says the concept is powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine, but high speed is not the goal here. The fabric covering the seats, the color scheme and even the design of the wheels (tennis net) all pay homage to the fashion icons of Lacoste. The instrument panel lacks any instruments; a screen that stretches the length of the dashboard displays information such as speed and direction in oversized pixels that resemble a classic video game. The two-spoke steering wheel pivots out of the way to make getting in and out of the car easier.

 

 


Citroen Reveals DS4

www.carkeys.co.uk August 30, 2010

The second model in Citroen's DS range (after the impressive DS3) will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show, and is due to go on sale in the latter part of 2011.

Although it's designed to look like a sporty coupť, the DS4 a five-door five-seater. It's slightly longer and wider than the more conventional C4 hatchback, and even has more luggage space (370 litres versus 320 litres) with the rear seats in place.

From launch, there will be a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines. The highest power output, around 200bhp, comes from a two-litre turbo petrol unit which is new to Citroen but has already been used by its partner company Peugeot. At the other end of the scale comes the 110bhp 1.6 turbo diesel which, in the case of the e-HDi model, comes with a stop/start system, energy recovery and the electronically controlled EGS semi-automatic gearbox.

Safety features include a blind spot monitoring system and a cruise control with speed limiter. More frivolously, the driver gets to choose the colour of the instrument lighting, and also the type of sound used for audible warnings and reminders (the options here being Classic, Crystal Symphony, J
ungle Fantasy and Urban Rhythmik).

 

 

 


Citroen Concours' Paul Heilig Goes Hollywood - Sort of..

May 21, 2010

Article from San Diego Union Tribune

Gonzales Took Own Road to Directing

10 Daysí a display of his artistic passion

During a screening of his first film Tuesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, composer, writer and director Daniel Gonzalez finally reached a moment where he no longer cared.ďI did not worry about the audienceís facial expressions or their thoughts,Ē Gonzalez said. ďI sat down and enjoyed the movie for the first time.Ē ď10 DaysĒ is about ďsynchronicity,Ē and so is the story of how ď10 DaysĒ left paper and became a movie.Gonzalez moved to Oceanside from Mexico City 14 years ago without a film school, music school or even a high school education. He helps support his family running an auto-detailing business, but he has made time for his passions: music, and now film. He composed his first album, ďLa Jolla Express,Ē in 2000; in 2005, he wrote the score for the Mexican film ďEnemigo,Ē which was an official selection of the Film Festival. He then began to write screenplays. All five were shot down by film agencies. To get a film made, Gonzalez would have to do it himself, starting with a new script limited by a budget of $35,000. From there, a tremendous grass-roots movement began to grow. The script came from an idea ó ďI always wanted to take a road-trip in a Citroen,Ē Gonzalez said. The script revolves around this vintage vehicle, appearing in nearly every scene. Gonzalez found Citroens in Switzerland, Connecticut and San Diego, where he found Paul Heilig of Citroen Concours of America.Iíll see you at your house at 8 a.m.,Ē Heilig said to Gonzalez. Heilig wanted $17,000 for the vehicle or, in other words, almost half the filmís budget.
ďIf you let me use the car for the film, Iíll let you be partners,Ē Gonzalez said Heilig, who knows every film a Citroen has appeared in, accepted.
Gonzalez had a car. Then he found two actors. The main character is played by Rimas Morkunas, a Lithuanian actor-director he met through a friend. The other is 12-year-old Tatiana Schlange. The last two actors would come later: Nayeli Ponce, from a painter Gonzalez met at a print shop, and Guillermo del Sol, who overheard Gonzalezís message on a friendís answering machine.
The original plan was to road-trip with the crew from New York to Californiaand figure out extras and locations on the fly, but the budget would not allow. The second plan was to try for Oregonto San Diego; still, no room in the budget. So in September 2009, they shot the film between Los Angelesand San Diego ó 23 days at 80 locations.
The majority of the funding came from donations of friends, family and strangers. All reasons explaining why Alex Schlange, father of Tatiana Schlange, walked on stage Tuesday night and said to a seated audience: ďAll of you were involved with the film in one way or another. Because thatís the way life works Ö the film is just the way life works. How we all blend together and become friends and family.Ē
His daughter, who put her hands over her face when her character appeared on screen, said afterward, ďI want to do more.Ē
Gonzalez, who has spent the past two years working on his film, is submitting it to about 20 film festivals around the world.
ďYou get energy when doing what you are passionate about,Ē Gonzalez says, and laughs. ďI want to inspire people to quit their jobs,Ē he said, quickly becoming serious, ďFollow your own passion.Ē

 

 


GQbyCITROEN

March 2010 - Citroen Press Release:

Citroen and GQ have revealed a unique and exciting automotive project Ė the GQbyCITROEN.

The GQbyCITROEN is a concept car born through a unique partnership between the UKís market-leading quality menís monthly and a team of Citroen designers, collaborating to create the ultimate gentlemanís drive. This is the first time a British magazine has collaborated with a car company in this way.

Responding to a brief by GQís editor, Dylan Jones, Citroenís team, headed by British designer Ė and the man responsible for the new Citroen DS3 Ė Mark Lloyd, took a new look at the GT theme and integrated it with a typical Citroen design approach bringing GQbyCITROEN from design outline to concept reality.

GQbyCITROEN combines classically sophisticated features and contemporary styling with a sculpted front end, rounded rear, strong body contours and sleek concave rear windscreen Ė a signature Citroen design.

The carís cabin is accessed by rear coach doors and reveals a spacious, comfortable and futuristic cabin. Completing the carís bespoke styling, the interior detailing and upholstery selections were provided by Patrick Grant, the Creative Director of prestigious Savile Row tailors, E.Tautz, who commented: ďSavile Row is all about balance and Tautz's simple military inspired interior is the perfect counterpoint to the Gallic flair of the exterior.Ē

Dynamic performance and environmental responsibility were also key requirements for the project. The GQbyCITROEN concept car is powered by a plug-in Hybrid with a 1,598cc, 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine offering a sporty 0-60mph time of just 4.5seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.


SURVOLT CONCEPT UNVEILED AT
GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Mar 2010 - www.worldcarfans.com

Citroen's latest concept car, the Survolt, is an unusual design study meant to show off a potential all-electric performance vehicle in an extravagant and "high-fashion" package.  The new concept was unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show.

Performance specs were not revealed on the two-seater, but the French automaker does state that the car has a "motor racing punch."  No specific details were given about the car's all-electric drivetrain, but it is said to be an evolution of the Citroen Revolte concept seen last year in Frankfurt.  The Revolte is a hybrid model able to run as an all-electric using a rechargeable battery and small internal combustion engine.

As such, one wonders why engineers would make such a heavy use of honeycomb grilles.  Additionally, there seems to be little purpose to the roof-mounted air intake, but again few details were revealed.

Its design was meant to convey an aerodynamic look combining "flowing lines [that] convey agility, precision and vitality - with a powerful, muscular character contained in its refined and luxurious frame," according to a press release.  The supermini measures in at 3.85-meters long by 1.87-meters wide, making it 65mm longer and 150mm wider than the Lotus Exige S.  It stands rather short at 1.2-meters high, which is taller than the Exige, but shorter than the Audi TT.

Exterior touches on the charcoal, fuchsia, and yellow car include LED lighting at the front, an awkward oval-shaped grille, rear spoiler, and the same rear lighting as the Revolte.  A long windshield gives the appearance of added space inside.

 

 


NEW MINI-LIKE DS3

February 2010 www.independent.co.uk 

Meet CitroŽn's new DS. This time it's a range, a sub-brand, a new concept in CitroŽnism rather than just one car. It arrives as CitroŽn re-embraces its past, but this is not retro-flavoured in the mould of a Mini.  It is instead a more luxurious, more indulgent, more heart-warming alternative to mainstream CitroŽns.

There will be DS4 and DS5 models, but first, please meet the DS3. Based on the recently-launched C3 super-mini, and vying for buyers tempted also by a Mini or an Alfa Mito, it's a pert-looking, three-door hatchback whose blade-like roof apes the Mini's but whose "shark's fin" centre pillar Ė which seemingly leaves fresh air between the fin and the roof Ė is entirely its own.

As with the Mini, the roof can be had in a contrasting colour, and there's a range of patterns and stripes and bright-metal accessorisations to personalise your DS3. Same with the interior; the dashboard is based on the C3's but you can cover it with leather (even in a quilt effect, if you must) or have a large section of it painted in one of the body colours.

The DS brand gets off to a credible start. The DS3 looks good, feels good and is great fun to drive. Best of all, Peugeot-CitroŽn's engineers have got their fun-car mojo back.

 


CITROEN Ds HIGH RIDER

February 2010 - www.theautochannel.com

PARIS Ė February 12, 2010: CitroŽn has released first details of a striking new concept design that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show erif; Planted firmly on stylish 19Ē wheels and beautifully in proportion, DS HIGH RIDERís confident profile is characterised by its high waistline. Its front end is purposeful with gaping air intakes, long incisive headlights and defined ridges along the bonnet.DS HIGH RIDER is an expression of luxury and elegance - exemplified by its glossy golden paintwork and brushed chrome trim that accentuate the carís flowing lines. The roof is covered with a coated textile material - a tactile feature of quality.DS HIGH RIDERís ability to rise above conventional design constraints is also reflected in its choice of power. Offering an enjoyable experience with dynamic on-road performance, DS HIGH RIDER is respectful of the environment with an advanced ĎFull Hybridí diesel drivetrain that combines a refined HDi DPFS* engine under the bonnet with an electric located on the rear axle. The hybrid platform enables DS HIGH RIDER to combine the fuel efficiency and power of an HDi diesel engine with the ecological benefits of a new generation electric ZEV (Zero Vehicle). Under certain conditions, both engines combine to deliver additional power with additional torque transmitted to the rear wheels. 

 


DS2 '2CV' UNVEILED

November 2009 - www.autoexpress.co.uk

The tin snail is back! Citroen is planning to evoke memories of its legendary 2CV with an all-new model. And thanks to our French magazine, Auto Plus, we have details and exclusive images of the car. Dubbed the DS2, the compact hatch will be the entry point to the firmís new DS range when it arrives in 2012. Its styling is based on that of the Revolte concept seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September, but toned down for the showroom. This means it gets a more conventional double-chevron grille, larger headlights and a narrower track. But the rear-hinged doors remain Ė they open like the MINI Clubmanís driverís side passenger door. The bonnet creases, arching roofline and flat back end take cues from the 2CV Ė the original peopleís car. The focus of the new DS family is to provide more luxurious, image-conscious alternatives to the established models in each class. There will be a range of fuel-efficient three-cylinder petrol motors, which will debut on the C3 when it gets a mid-life update in 2011. The only diesel option will be the existing 70bhp 1.4 HDi. Other DS models include the MINI-rivalling DS3, due out next year, and the C4 and C5-based DS4 and DS5. These are slated to arrive in 2011.

 


ELECTRIC C-ZERO

November 2009 - www.autoexpress.co.uk

TAKE a look at Citroen's first plug-in baby. This is the C-ZERO Ė a fully fledged zero emission electric car that will reach Citroen showrooms next year.
If it looks familiar that's because it's essentially identical to Mitsubishi's i-MIEV and the Citroen version gets the same drivetrain, with a 64bhp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
Owners can charge the C-ZERO by plugging it directly into a household socket, and a full charge takes six hours. An 80 per cent charge is possible in just 30 minutes using a 400V supply. Citroen says the C-Zero can do 0-62mph in 15 seconds, accelerate from 37-56mph  in six seconds and hit a maximum of 80mph. It also has a range of 80 miles.
Standard features include power steering, ABS, traction control, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning. Sales of the C-ZERO start at the end of 2010 and although no prices have been confirmed expect to pay around $16,000 for the zero emission machine.


CITROEN DS5 UNVEILED

October 2009 - www.autoexpress.co.uk

TAKE a look at Citroenís electric dream! Rumor has it that there will be a hybrid diesel model in the Citroenís showrooms by 2011 Ė and itíll be this flagship four-wheel drive DS5.

The largest model in its eagerly- anticipated DS premium range Ė kicked off at the Geneva Motor Show with the MINI-rivalling DS3 Ė the DS5 will boast a striking body, inspired by the C-Sportlounge concept car, first revealed at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.

And to go with its head-turning looks, itíll boast the eco-friendly diesel hybrid powertrain, which pairs an HDI diesel engine with an electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

The transmission Ė officially known as the PSA HYbrid4 diesel-electric technology Ė is being developed at two existing factories in Mulhouse and Sochaux, France. Teams at both are currently working on how best to set up the production lines to manufacturer the new cars, and other future models, which will get the hybrid system.

 


FIRST PHOTOS OF NEW C-CACTUS

September 2009 - www.autoexpress.co.uk

Stylish, affordable and econmical, the Citroen C-Cactus is a car for our times. And now these incredible leaked photos of the production-ready model prove that the French manufacturer is ready to turn concept into reality.

The concept's styling, first seen at the 2007 Frankfurt show, has evolved into a more subtle statement, but retains the rounded bonnet and hatchback bodystyle from the show car. Up front a pair of huge air intakes sit below Nissan 370Z-style boomerang headlights, while a pair of prominent creases run along the sides to the clean and uncluttered rear.

Rumours are rife that Citroen is planning to establish a new eco-brand to sit below its standard models, which in turn sit below the recently introduced DS premium range. Called 'Essentiale' the new sub-brand would focus on low-weight, simplicity of design and affordability - and the C-Cactus is mooted to be the first member of the Essentiale family when it goes on sale in 2012.

The philosophy of simplicity and ditching of superfluous equipment places the C-Cactus as a spiritual succesor to cut-price Citroens of the past such as the legendary 2CV and lesser-known Citroen Visa. If the 2007 concept is anything to go by, the entire dash structure could be ditched to cut weight and provide additional room in the cabin.

The interior might be purposefully low-tech, but under the bonnet a three-cylinder diesel engine mated to an electric motor should provide class-leading fuel economy, and mark the start of a new wave of cheap but reliable hybrids.

 

 


CITROEN 2CV REVOLTE DEBUTS AT 2009 FRANKFURT SHOW

September 2009. CitroŽn's calling its Frankfurt Motor Show-bound 2CV-looking concept car the Revolte, which is an unfortunate made-up word in French. Everyone else has jumped on the neo-retro bandwagon Ė Fiat's got its 500, Detroit has successfully exhumed 1969, and the Volkswagen New Beetle is to blame for it all Ė so why not CitroŽn?

The French automaker's new imagining of its stalwart 2CV may be far cooler than the much-loved original. The bodywork on the new concept appears chunky and athletic whereas the original looked like a cross between a crustacean and a dumpster. It's not clear what will be powering this concept car, but internet chatter suggests it may get a hybrid drivetrain of some sort.

Citroen states the Revolte has 'luxury, ecology and a touch of cheek'.

From what we can see, the French company seems to have hit all three nails firmly on the head, but its choice of name for this vehicle leaves something to be desired. We suspect it was intended to conjure up notions of an uprising against convention, but it could just as easily mean 'nauseate'. 

We digress. The Revolte is actually a really pleasing car to look at. Its silhouette is designed to evoke the classic  Citroen 2CV yet its flared wheel arches give it a hint of Volkswagen Beetle,  and its front end is clearly inspired by the GT by Citroen concept car made famous in Gran Turismo. The curvy suicide doors are a good touch, as is its bright, iridescent purple paintwork.

Citroen hasn't neglected the interior. The steering wheel resembles something out of a futuristic spacecraft, the pedals are moulded in the shape of the Citroen logo,  and there's even a baby seat with suede-finished racing harnesses.

The Revolte isn't just a pretty face, either. The car has an eye on clean motoring, thanks to its rechargeable hybrid drivetrain, comprising a small gasoline engine and an electric motor, both of which are capable of driving the car independently of each other. Citroen has yet to leak performance figures, but the company says the Revolte is a 'lively' performer with 'strong acceleration'.




CITROEN TO BUILD RADICAL GT?

December 2008: jalopnik.com

According to a French outlet, Citroen plans to build a limited number of production vehicles based on the stunning GTbyCITROEN concept, which stole the Paris Auto Show when revealed earlier this year. How many?

The radical GTbyCITROEN or simply the "CItroen GT" concept was co-developed with the creators of the Gran Turismo video game series and meant to show off the company's sporty side. We'd heard the vehicle could see production, though no concrete details were given.

Now a report from Caradisiac seems to indicate the company will make 20 production versions of the stunning concept for those of incredible means. No word on what will power the GT or when we could see a production version, but we're just happy to stare at it for a while.

 


NEW 2009 CitroŽn C3 Picasso

Sept 2008 www.autosexpress.com 

Thereís more than a hint of cubism about the latest Picasso!

This is the new Citroen C3 Picasso, a mini-MPV due to make its debut at the Paris Motor show next month before it hits showrooms in Summer 2009.

The newcomer is certainly an eye-catcher, thanks to its funky detailing and boxy shape Ė a trait Citroen claims endows the Picasso with class-leading space and flexibility.

A number of cubby holes and non slip surfaces ensure the C3 Picasso will make a capable long journey companion, despite its relatively small footprint Ė at a shade over four metres long, itís only slightly bigger than a Honda Fit.

Four engines will be available at launch, with VTi 95 and VTi 120 units providing petrol power and diesel thrust coming from HDi 90 and HDi 110 engines. 
Citroen hasnít confirmed prices for the C3 Picasso yet, though sources suggest base models will start at around $20,000.


Citroen's C3 Pluriel Charleston

September 9, 2008 www.theautochannel.com

SLOUGH Ė September 8, 2008: CitroŽn has released first details of a special edition of its funky convertible supermini, the C3 Pluriel - The Charleston. The  model will be unveiled at next monthís Paris Motor Show and is expected to go on sale in the UK in early 2009. The C3 Pluriel Charleston fashions a contemporary reinterpretation of a design theme that once decorated CitroŽnís famous 2CV - a stylistic nod to one of the most iconic cars in history, which this year celebrates its 60th birthday.

With a blend of nostalgic and contemporary styling the C3 Pluriel Charleston should strike a chord with both 2CV fans and buyers looking for a with individual design flair. With its bold two-tone colour scheme of black and Bordeaux red, the sophisticated Charleston special edition will be positioned at the high-end of the Pluriel range with premium touches throughout such as gloss-black fittings, leather upholstery and chrome trim. Also fitted as standard are stylish 15Ē aluminium wheels which feature red embellisher centres that add elegance and definition.


HYPNOS -  NEW CITROňN CONCEPT CAR FOR THE 2008 PARIS MOTORSHOW

September 8, 2008 www.jalopnik.com

With the 2008 Paris Motor Show just a few weeks away, CitroŽn is unveiling the Hypnos. An exceptional and elegant cross-over vehicle, Hypnos draws on a range of creative technologies to deliver outstanding performance and environmental efficiency, combined with subtle but powerful motoring sensations.

Hypnos is an impressive vehicle, combining the dynamism of a coupť with the elegance of a saloon and the space of an SUV. Powerful, flowing and expressive, the exterior styling identifies the car as one to rouse the emotions.

The initial appeal of the exterior styling is echoed inside the cabin, with the imaginative use of colour and the ability to make technology more human and approachable. A powerful sensory experience awaits the driver and passengers, taking them into the realm of pure magic.

The special hybrid technology used on Hypnos highlights CitroŽnís commitment to the environment and shows once again that driving enjoyment and efficiency are not compromised by this strong ecological focus. With its 200 hp engine, Hypnos combines dynamic performance with low fuel consumption and emissions (60+mpg and 120g/km of CO2).


More New 2CV Concept News

June 7, 2008 - easycarblog.com

It is speculated that Citroen will be following with the charming classic of the past, the 2CV model which is similar to the Fiat 500, VW Beetle and numerous other models.

The 2CV will follow of course have a host of new features and hybrid engines. It just happens to be that the 60th anniversary of this model, is of course this year, and the Paris is coming soon, so lets hope Citroen have something to show.

The Italian designer Paolo Martin has put forth the proposal for the 2CV which will be combining the 2CV with aesthetics and modern technology. Paola Martin has described his concept as ďa reinterpretation of an unattractive yet brilliant vehicle.Ē

He also said that ďTrying to capture the original aesthetic spirit, I tried to draw on this Ďdesign without frillsí, by keeping the same proportions and adopting the single multi functional unitÖĒ

In 1936 Citroen has produced a 2CV prototype, which featured only a single front headlamp, this was incorporated as a feature in this model as well, at both the front and the back.

 

 


Nemo Makes Splash at 2007 Bologna Motor Show

December 5, 2007.  

CitroŽn will roll out a concept people carrier version of the company's soon to be released new compact van at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy (7-16 December). Taking its name and its styling cues from the popular Disney animation "Finding Nemo", the CitroŽn Nemo Concetto sports the distinctive orange, black and white clownfish color scheme with the theme continuing into the vehicle's interior.

The Concept is based on the soon to be released compact economy van developed jointly by Fiat and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn and Tofas. Built by Tofas, the new vans are pitched as a totally new addition to the small panel van segment. At just 3.86 meters (12.7 feet) long, the vehicles boast a loading space length of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) and a load volume of 2.5 m3 with a stowable passenger seat enabling this to be increased to 2.8 m3. Large side-hinged rear doors and sliding side doors maximize accessibility with parking sensors and a separate cab locking system standard. The diesel-equipped versions have an emissions rating of 119g of CO2/km.

Marketed as the Fiat Fiorino, the CitroŽn Nemo and the Peugeot Bipper the new vehicles will be gradually introduced as from the end of 2007. There's no word yet on whether the Concetto version will reach the market.


CITROEN C2 TRANSFORMER

November 2007

Three Transformers fans in China have taken three months to build their own robot out of a Citroen C2 car.  Sui Lulu, Zhang Yiming and Li Wei, from Nanjing city, have named the 15ft Transformer X2, reports the Jinling Evening Post.  "We are huge Transformers fans, and grew up with them on TV and in comic books. We always wanted to have our own transformer, a real one," says graphic designer Sui Lulu.  He says they picked the Citroen C2 because it's small: "We originally wanted to make the figure of Optimus Prime, who is transformed from a truck. "But we calculated that the final figure would be around seven storeys high, and we couldn't find room for it. So we went with the Citroen C2."  X2 is loosely based on the Bumblebee and Jazz Transformers in the movie. But Sui added: "We added a lot of our things, like some Chinese elements. The head of X2 is like an ancient Chinese war helmet, simple but beautiful."  He admits that, because of financial constraints, their Transformer can't actually do much transforming.  "The legs bend, since we installed two hydraulic pressure rods, and the finger joints move. Also, we added a pedrail to his feet," he said.  The youngsters are now planning to fulfill their original ambition to make a giant Transformer based on Optimus Prime.


CITROEN C-CACTUS CONCEPT

September 2007: CitroŽn is unveiling C-Cactus at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. This ingenious concept is a new take on vehicle design, centered on essential values. The Marque's ambitious aim is to market an ecological hatchback with cheerful, attractive styling, equipped with a hybrid HDi drivetrain and sold at the same price as an entry-level C4.

To square this complex equation, CitroŽn is exploring new forms of design. It has decided to abandon features that are not essential to comfort and to focus instead on technology, styling and equipment that are positive, ecological and valued by users.

Essential, intelligent and ecologically aware

C-Cactus is an ecological car. It includes a significant proportion of recycled or recyclable materials and, like the plant it is named after, it is low on consumption. Weighing just 1,306 kg and featuring a hybrid HDi drivetrain, C-Cactus consumes 3.4 l/100 km for CO2 emissions of 78 g/km. At the same time, C-Cactus is no more expensive than a mid-range family car. Its low production cost can be attributed to the use of new materials and to a rational design process using a smaller number of parts. The cabin is made up of just over 200 parts, i.e. almost half the number used by a conventional hatchback of identical size.

An attractive and modern vehicle

C-Cactus is an essential car, with sharp styling and attractive features. Its curves give it a fun look and strong appeal, while the angles and rounded lines of the bodywork underline its dynamic character. C-Cactus sets high standards of onboard comfort with a roomy interior that is worthy of a family car. It is 4.2 metres long and 1.8 metres wide with a wide range of equipment including air conditioning with automatic temperature control, a high-quality audio system, a panoramic glass sunroof, cruise control and a speed limiter.

 


 

C5 Convertible Concept 

August 2007

PARIS ó CitroŽn will unveil a convertible concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in September called the C5 Airscape. The drop top provides a hint about what the second-generation C5 sedan will look like.

Pronounced CitroŽn chevrons at the front, deep air intakes and a curvaceous roof line are notable features of the open-top prototype. The concept's front-end treatment and parts of the rear will appear on the next C5 sedan, which had originally been scheduled for a Frankfurt preview. The automatically folding top has a sunroof; the automaker has not announced any plans for a convertible C5 production model.

The C5 Airscape is powered by a direct-injection, particulate-filter-equipped 2.7-liter V6 diesel engine, capable of 208 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Environmental consciousness gets a nod with the concept's UrbanHybrid system, which uses regenerative energy to power the air-conditioning and sound systems. The automaker says an advanced traction system provides four-wheel-drive-like handling.

There are no interior shots yet, but the company says CitroŽn 's hallmark steering wheel with fixed-center controls will be in there. Dark-brown leather upholstery will be joined by chrome accents.

What this means to you: As is often the case with concepts, this sleek drop top is surely more attractive than the forthcoming family-sedan version.

 


NEW CITROEN DS???


August, 2007:

Fellow Citroenist Huub in t' Zandt send us these pictures of a futurristic Citroen DS - no indication if this is a retro-design study by Citroen or a possible production car with a DS retro-flavor.

 


RETURN OF THE 2CV?

Wednesday 2nd May 2007, 11:00 AM Yahoo Cars
The legendary tin snail is set to return - and we have full details

Here's proof that Citroen is set to come out of its shell when it comes to car design - because the 'tin snail' is back! These pictures show how a successor to the 2CV is shaping up. Boasting a thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic design, it has its eyes on the lucrative family car market.

As Fiat has done with the 500 and VW with the Beetle, Citroen has followed the current trend for reinventing classic models. By cashing in on the charm of the original 2CV, the French firm is set to launch into uncharted territory - going up against prestige models such as BMW's MINI. With the same curved bonnet, slab sides and covered rear wheels, it looks just like the original 2CV, which first appeared in 1948. 

Trademark details such as the slatted bonnet and double chevron grille remain intact. But with flush-fitting windows and faired-in lights, the shape has been given a modern update. It promises to be extremely eco-friendly, too.

With car firms ever more concerned about their impact on the environment, the 2CV will be a showcase for Citroen's green technology. It's likely to be made from plastic body panels, and with power coming from a hybrid diesel engine (see below), it should boast low fuel consumption and emissions.

As with the exterior, the cabin will draw on its famous predecessor with a minimalist look. A large, thin-rimmed steering wheel dominates the interior, while the fixed central hub contains controls for the stereo. There will also be a retro speedometer, and as with the original car, the gearlever will be mounted in the centre of the dashboard.

However, while the 2CV was designed to be cheap and cheerful, the newcomer will feature lots of hi-tech kit as standard, including a navigation system and connectivity for the latest handheld gadgets.

As with the MINI, personalization will be a big part of the 2CV's appeal, with contrasting body panel colours, seat trims and the option of a full-length sunroof. It's possible the Citroen could feature panoramic glass, as well as a removable canvas top.

Under the skin, the 2CV is likely to use platform architecture from the C3 supermini and C4 hatch, featuring a front-wheel-drive layout and a comfortable driving experience.

The new model will be positioned be positioned above the C3 in Citroen's range, and will carry a premium price. Although the firm is tight-lipped about production, our sources indicate that a concept version could appear in 2009.

 


 

SBARRO'S 6-WHEELED CITROEN

Citroen, together with the Espera Sbarro auto school, introduced  the Cruise Crosser concept car at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show..

The Citroen Cruise Crosser is capable of taking on the hardest roads, in extreme weather conditions. Based on the Citroen SUV, the Cruiser Crosser is a six wheel car. The Citroen Cruise Crosser embodies the adventurous spirit of the beginning of the 20th century, when the founder of the french company, Andre Citroen was captivating the entire world with a series of expeditions in Africa and Asia, including the first engine that went across Sahara in 1922.
Despite the imposing look, the prototype benefits from some adjustments that give it a powerful green character. Its got both an electrical and a diesel engine. The interior is conceived to offer a huge space with the chairs that can be taken out for a larger volume.

 

 


RESTORATION OF 1970 RALLYE DU MAROC WINNER ALMOST COMPLETE

Citroen won the 1970 Rallye Du Maroc (Morrocon Rallye) with this heavily modified 1969 Citroen DS21.  Citroen Team drivers Neyret & Terramorsi won the Rallye ahead of Consten & Todt, also in a Citroen DS21.  The historical Rallye car was recently acquired and an extensive restoration was started by a French garage to bring the car back to its original condition.  The restroration should be completed sometime in 2007 and will probably be featured in some the larger upcoming Citroen Club events.

 

 


2CV IN BEST BOND CHASE

THE modest Citroen 2CV has beat flashier cars such as the Aston Martin DB5 and Lotus Esprit to the title of top vehicle in chase sequences in James Bond films.

The pursuit in For Your Eyes Only, starring Roger Moore as Bond and featuring the 2CV, was voted the best in a poll by motoring website 4Car.co.uk.

It beat the chase in Goldfinger in which Sean Connery's 007 drove an Aston Martin DB5.

 


 

CITROňN C-CROSSER

THE EVERYDAY VEHICLE WITH AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT

CitroŽn is continuing to broaden its range with the launch of its high-end SUV, the C-Crosser, developed in conjuncition with Mitsubishi and Peugeot, will be available in Europe in the Summer of 2007. In terms of styling, this new vehicle sits astride the conventional car and four-wheel drive categories, boasting the highest levels of performance, living space and comfort on offer in both of those categories.
With its flowing lines and elegant proportions (4.64 m long, 1.81 m wide and 1.73 m high including roof bars), the C-Crosser combines sporty looks with a vast interior Ė up to seven seats Ė together with an excellent trade-off between comfort and roadholding and all the environmental qualities of its HDi diesel engine and particulate filter. 
The C-Crosser is also a highly versatile vehicle owing to its integral transmission system, which guarantees sure-footed behaviour on any kind of road in any kind of weather, and modular cabin layout, designed for a wide array of needs.

 


 

CITROEN CONSIDERING NORTH AMERICA

October 2006 - Condensed from an article by WardsAuto.com

PARIS Ė Automobiles Citroen may use Canada as its beachhead into North America.ďIf we homologate our cars in Canada, itís a potential,Ē says Frederic Banzet, vice-president-international sales. ďWeíre looking at it.Ē

The Canadian market absorbs about 1.6 million light vehicles per year, of which a little more than half are passenger cars, the sector in which Citroen would compete. The French auto maker wonít have a cross/utility vehicle to sell until next year.

Citroen has been expanding rapidly overseas. Last year, it sold 1,395,000 vehicles, including 244,000, or 17.5%, outside Europe. In the first half of this year, Citroen sales were down 2.2% in Europe but up 19.2% elsewhere.

Canadaís conservative government is developing new rules for automotive emissions for 2010 called ďGreen Plan TwoĒ that could make Canada more attractive for Citroen, thanks to its diesel engines.

If the new rules favor greenhouse gas emission reductions, it will boost the case for diesels. If the rules penalize nitrogen-oxide production, it could hurt Citroenís chances.

ďNorth America is talking about diesels,Ē Citroenís Banzet says. ďIn Canada they are a good move for the environment. With the particulate filter, the diesel is the best answer today.Ē

Banzet says that in the U.S. ďthere is a gap between the character of our products and what is needed,Ē but in Canada, Citroen has a special advantage.

ďThere is a Francophile attitude, at least in Quebec,Ē he says, which would help Citroen sell cars there. Quebec accounts for about 23% of the total Canadian market

Are some of these Citroens in our future?


 

CitroŽn ID19 Hot Rod To Be Showcased at Las Vegas 2006 SEMA

October 2006 Jeffrey Meyer's 1964 ID19 Hot Rod is approaching completion and should be a featured Hot Rod at this year's SEMA in Las Vegas.  Built by Kevin Bradley of Kreations, up in Humboldt County California, the ID19 Hot Rod utilizes very little of the Citroen's original mechanicals.  A custom frame was built to accomodate American mechanicals and a conventional shock and spring suspension.  We hope to get more info and photos for future updates.

 

 


 

CitroŽnís C-Mťtisse Concept car Ė High Performance with an environmentally-friendly twist

 

October 2006 The elegant design lines of the C-Mťtisse, the latest out-of-this-world concept car from CitroŽn, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in early October 2006. Exceptionally stylish and powerful, the C-Mťtisse proves that a high performance car can also be green, combining a top speed of 155mph with the ability to cover around 45 miles per gallon on the combined cycle.

Crammed with hi-tech innovations and neat touches, the C-Mťtisse explores new paths in car design and driving pleasure. Breathtakingly good looking, this model combines coupť styling with 4-door practicality thanks to the show-stopping gull-wing front and rear doors.

In particular, the C-Mťtisse has been developed to offer outstanding environmental credentials. It boasts an economical HDi V6 diesel engine, coupled with an acclaimed Diesel Particulate Filter System, and two separate electric motors on the rear wheels, capable of developing a massive 400Nm of additional torque. Around town the new concept car can even run in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode.

Both outside and in, the C-Mťtisse takes styling to another level. The front doors open gull-wing style, while the rear doors spin round to provide outstanding accessibility for a car of such a low height. The large, eye-catching alloy wheels have been specially designed, with central wheel nuts hinting at the modelís sporting nature.
Once inside the Ďaircraft-style cockpití, occupants are enveloped by the extremely comfortable, individual white leather seats, and are surrounded by smart leather trim and aluminium inserts. Each of the passengers benefits from independent air conditioning controls, individual roof lighting and plenty of space.

A combination of the diesel hybrid power unit, optimised aerodynamics and reduced weight ensure that the C-Mťtisse offers outstanding levels of performance, fuel economy and a healthy respect for the environment - the C-Mťtisse can return around 45 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 174g/km.

The C-Mťtisse is focused on providing real driver pleasure and sets extremely high standards for out-of-town driving, as demonstrated by a stunning 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 6.2 seconds. 

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Citroen C-Buggy at Madrid Motor Show

May 2006. Concept cars are always fun to gawk at even if you know full well that they will never make it into dealerships in their current form. One of the latest in this line of funky concepts comes from our friends over at Citroen, their new C-Buggy concept is set to be showcased at the Madrid Motor Show later this month.

With a go-anywhere attitude, the C-Buggy is based on the C-Airplay concept and has room for the driver and a single passenger. Somehow, I can imagine folks like Lindsay Lohan rolling around in one these carefree-mobiles. Interestingly, though, there seem to be a few key elements missing from this car that, as a result, make it not so viable for everyday use. There’s no roof, no windshield, and no windows, but this all seems intentional as company reps say that this “adds to the C-Buggy’s carefree charm.”

Rolling down the streets near the beaches of Miami or going off-road, this looks like it could be a blast to drive when (and if) it ever makes it market, at which point, they’ll probably throw a roof and stuff on it too. Personally, I think the car looks like it’s going backwards.

 

 

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Citroen C4 at Los Angeles Auto Show 2006

2006 Los Angeles Auto Show - January 2006. Word reached us that a Citroen C4 was featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Paul, armed with his digital camera, attended the last day of the show to investigate - possibly an early showing of a Citroen in the company's quest for a return to the USA?? No such luck - the C4 was being shown by a glass/sunroof company, Solutia Automotive, to demonstrate their latest glass technology named Vanceva. The C4 was built with a Vanceva security-glass (unbreakable) full-roof glass panel, complete with the Citroen Chevrons (see above pic).

 


 

C-Sportlounge Showcar Debuts At 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show

Frankfurt Motor Show 2005, Citroën is presenting a new interpretation of the grand touring car, in phase with new trends in automotive pleasure. The new C-SportLounge concept car, which stands out with its evocative name and distinctive body style, features powerful, aerodynamic exterior lines and a cockpit-inspired interior designed for the pleasure of the driver and the well-being of the three passengers. The C-SportLounge combines dynamic character with high levels of onboard quality.

The wide tracks and curved flanks of the C-SportLounge convey a sense of power, while the flowing lines and elongated roof optimise aerodynamics, a Citroën speciality. Special care was taken with the air flow, resulting in a drag coefficient of just 0.26. The determined look of the front end is emphasised by the broadened air intake and elongated, clearcut headlamps. The large windscreen placed well to the front rises high and melds into the sunroof in a single unbroken line, offering a broad glass surface, enhancing visibility and letting in maximum light.

The luxurious interior of the C-SportLounge, designed to seat four adults comfortably, expresses the grand touring spirit of this concept car. The on-board ambience is a harmonious mix of noble, dense, worked materials and more mechanical styling for the driving position. With reverse-opening doors at the rear, the C-SportLounge offers unexpected accessibility for a vehicle of this type. Long-distance journeys can be approached serenely thanks to more than generous boot space

The driving position was inspired by aviation design and dictated by driving pleasure. Driver and passengers alike will feel like they are in an aeroplane cockpit. This impression is heightened by the special treatment and location of the analogue instruments. The semi-raised driving position boosts driving sensations while enhancing comfort and safety. The driver's seat and central console are all of one piece, so that the automatic gearbox and climate controls remain within reach, regardless of the driver's chosen seat length adjustment. The interior has been designed to let the driver concentrate on the road: the steering wheel has fixed central controls and gear-changing paddles.

 

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Funky Citroen C-Airplay Debuts at Bologna Motor Show

Bologna Motor Show December 2005: Citroen is set to surprise the world and premiere its brand new, funky-looking two-seater concept car, the C-AirPlay, at this year’s Bologna Motor Show (1-11 December).

Masterminded by Citroen’s award-winning British car designer, Mark Lloyd, this fresh and futuristic urban run-around features a bold, dynamic exterior look, as well as plenty of ultra-modern styling cues.

Inside and out the C-AirPlay introduces striking design touches, including see-through ‘portholes’ in the lower sections of the doors to increase the sensation of speed. Discreet, touch-sensitive controls for the gears, electric windows and rearview mirror are moulded into the single-piece silicone front seat, whilst the eye-catching steering wheel incorporates two spherical driver information displays.

Even the colour scheme is ultra modern with the iridescent white bodywork contrasting neatly with the bright red cabin. But it’s the massive expanse of glass that creates the bright and airy interior that helps give rise to the C-AirPlay’s name.

Shorter than the Citroen C2, the C-AirPlay is powered by a 110hp petrol engine while, thanks to the SensoDrive gearbox, gearchanges can be made via the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Fittingly, for a futuristic interpretation of a supermini, this versatile concept car also features fuel-saving, emission-reducing Stop & Start technology.

 

 

 

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