Anything, absolutely anything, that makes the ubiquitous family sport-utility market any more interesting than its current state of indolent torpor should be greeted like a supply ship to stranded sailors. So whatever sort of fist Citroën has made with its new C5 Aircross, we should welcome the Gallic kings of weird into this market. Let’s not get carried away, however. In the C5 Aircross’s promotional blurb, Citroën depicts its past and undeniably interesting vehicles, but by and large those were the ones that eventually provoked the firm’s 1974 bankruptcy and its merger with (and effective takeover by) Automobiles Peugeot. True, in the last five years, with cars such as the DS3 (which started... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Citroen C5 Aircross review: comfort and joy
Citroen aircross review
5 Without boasting, we get to drive a lot of cars. Brand new this, mid-life facelifted that, everything from urban SUVs to supercars, but without exception they come with a massive dollop of technology and complexity that perhaps a large number of drivers don't want or need. Certainly our 'agony uncle' Honest John's postbag regularly contains complaints about how the raft of safety and comfort technology means that there's more to go wrong. I must be getting old, but I number myself among that group. While I'm not a Luddite and embrace all the convenience items in modern cars, much of my driving consists of a short commute and general leisure use. And I generally know where I'm going so I tend not to require a satnav. So I've been hunting for a car that's relatively simple. Not as in basic, or necessarily cheap, but one that's more suited to the aforementioned usage. And wonder of wonders, this week the new Citroen Berlingo arrived. We've long championed … [Read more...] about 2018 Citroen Berlingo review: is this the perfect family car?
The Citroen C4 Cactus and C4 will become one and the same model in the next generation, due in 2021, as the French car maker seeks to streamline its product line-up, according to product boss Xavier Peugeot. While the C4 Cactus has been facelifted, production of the C4 has stopped and Peugeot said its replacement would incorporate the C4 Cactus, meaning Citroen will only have one model in the C-segment, which includes rivals such as the Peugeot 308, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Citroen C4 Cactus review “We needed to reduce our line-up to eight silhouettes [as demanded by Citroen’s parent company PSA’s boss Carlos Tavares], so one of these models had to go. The C4 and C4 Cactus are converging into one.”Previously, it was understood that the C4 Cactus was only a temporary replacement for the ageing C4, but now Peugeot has confirmed there will only be one compact non-SUV for Citroen in future.Asked why the C4 Cactus had won out over the C4, he said: … [Read more...] about Citroen C4 and C4 Cactus to converge into one model
Citroën must grow its international footprint to insulate itself from regional sales trends, CEO Linda Jackson has said in the wake of sales falling 47.3% in China in 2017.Around the peak of the 2012 European car sales crisis in Europe, Citroën became increasingly reliant on Chinese sales, launching bespoke cars for the country as it sought to take advantage of the rapidly growing market.However, last year Citroën's sales plummeted, in line with those of most mainstream manufacturers, as demand switched from being saloon-led to SUV-led, and many Chinese manufacturers launched high-quality SUVs for lower prices.As a result, Citroën launched the new C5 Aircross SUV in China first, and restructured its dealership network, taking it from 450 outlets to 390. Since these changes in July, its sales have risen markedly and market share grown 0.3%.“A few years ago the strength of China helped offset Europe, but we are fortunate that as China has slowed down so Europe … [Read more...] about Citroen boss: China sales slump highlights need for global growth
A good Citroën 2CV – one that’s rust-free but needs the odd dent removing here and a lick of a paint there – costs from around £5500, with fully restored examples (new chassis and bodyshell, respray and retrim) starting at around £9000. See Citroen 2CV for sale on PistonHeads So one 2CV that is for sale for £93,495 must be pretty special. Indeed, it’s a rare 2CV Sahara 4x4 from 1963. The front wheels are driven by one 12hp engine, and the rears by another. Although each engine has a gearbox, there is, fortunately, only one gearstick, one clutch pedal and one accelerator. Only 694 Saharas were built, a figure dwarfed by the almost four million 2CVs that were made during the model’s 42-year lifespan (1948 to 1990) and the additional five million examples of variants, such as the Dyane, that were also made.Generally speaking, the 2CVs you’re likely to find at more sensible prices are Specials, Dollys and Charlestones from the … [Read more...] about Used car buying guide: Citroen 2CV