Citroen cars

While everyone’s attention was focused on debuts of the new Aston Martin Vanquish and the Bentley Continental GT Speed , Citroen was also expanding its model line-up with the unveiling of two new models: the new generation C-Elysee and the C4 L.

The new C-Elysee was designed for families looking for an attractive, affordable sedan. When creating the car, Citroen designers had to start from scratch, but the result is a model with an innovative design and a roomy interior that is ideal for families. Depending on the market, the new C-Elysee will be offered with the latest generation VTi 72 petrol engine or a new VTi 115 engine, combined with a manual or an automatic gearbox.

Sales for the new Citroen C-Elysee will begin at the end of 2012 and the model will be sold in selected international markets.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Citroen C-Elysee.

After debuting the new C4 , Citroen started to test the Picasso version. After an intense testing session, the car finally made its world debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.

The C4 Picasso was announced for the first time back in 2006 when the first generation arrived on the market. The Picasso version shares its platform and engines with the Citroen C4 and Peugeot 307 and was offered as an alternative to models like the successful Opel Zafira and Ford S-Max.

The first generation remained into production until this year when the second version will replace it. The new C4 Picasso adopts a bold, expressive design with dynamic, high-tech styling and a bright, uncluttered interior and technologies that innovate, comfort and protect.

Updated 07/30/2013: Citroen announced UK prices for the new generation C4 Picasso. Click past the jump to learn how much the British customers will have to pay for it.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Citroen C4 Picasso.

Usually when we hear about a new "L" (Lounge) version of a model, we automatically think that the respective model has been specially designed for the Chinese market. The new C4 L follows that assumption to a "T." The Citroen C4 L will be launched in late 2012 in China and in 2013 in Russia.

The new Citroen C4 L was built on a 2.71 meter wheelbase - 10 cm more than the new Citroen C4 - and measures 4.62 m x 1.78 m x 1.5 m. It will feature the same design language as the new C4, including sculptural lines, a large chrome-finished grille, front and rear light signatures, and a convex rear window inspired by those on the Citroen C5 and C6 .

In terms of power, it will be offered with a choice of two engines: a THP engine, designed with the BMW group, delivering 150 or 170 HP depending on the country, and a 136 HP VTi 135 unit. Depending on the engine, the C4 L will be equipped with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed auto/sequential gearbox.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Citroen C4 L.

Any fan of professional wrestling is used to seeing per-produced challenges/invitations via video and in dramatic fashion, but racing fans rarely see such drama. Well, that was until Travis Pastrana decided his competition at the upcoming X-Games just wasn’t tough enough this year and sent a video challenge/invitation to 8-time WRC champ, and fellow Red Bull athlete, Sebastien Loeb.

This was far from the professional wrestling-esq “I challenge you to a cage match” style of challenge, as Travis’ video was short, sweet and complimentary to Loeb‘s skills as a rally driver. Red Bull put together Loeb’s response in a much more dramatic fashion, as it was dubbed over with some music and had a plethora of information regarding his super-fast car built just for this event. It even included an auto show-like red cloth veil removal. Still it wasn’t an over-the-top wrestling response, but it was still a tab on the dramatic side relative to Pastrana’s original video.

So let’s have a look at what Pastrana has gotten himself into… Loeb is running a car built-to-suit by Citroen Racing. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-pot that pumps out an unreal 545 ponies and 590 pound-feet of face-deforming torque. According to the video, the hot Citroen will hit 60 mph in just under 3 seconds.

Needless to say, Pastrana and his 2013 Dodge Dart are not only going up against the best rally driver that the world has to offer today, but also a car that is as good as any in the X-Games. Has Pastrana bitten off more than he can chew? Only time will tell, so we will have to wait until the RallyCross event kicks off on July 1st to find out.

We’ll keep you up to date with any other news that pops regarding this friendly rivalry.

You can see Pastrana’s challenge video above and Loeb’s acceptance video after the jump.

Citroen has announced the new Numero 9 concept - a new vehicle that will join the current DS line-up, including the DS3 , DS4 , and DS5 . The Numero 9 previews the styling cues of the next three models in the line: a C-segment premium sedan, an SUV,nd a D-segment executive saloon.

The new Numero 9 is a plug-in full-hybrid vehicle that combines a 225 HP 1.6 liter petrol engine powering the front wheels with a lithium-ion powered electric motor that is positioned on the rear axle and adds another 70 HP. In pure electric mode, the new Numero 9 has a autonomy of 31 miles. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 152 mph.

Citroen will be unveiling their new Numero 9 concept at the end of April at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Citroen Numero 9 concept.

The prototype hidden under this heavy camouflage may look unrecognizable, but clues in regards to its location and history make us believe this is the next generation Citroen C4 Picasso . First off, the car was caught testing in the north at an area where Citroen normally resides. Second, our spy photographers reported that the car was followed by two security cars from the PSA group and third, we should consider that the newest C4 was unveiled almost two years ago and the current C4 Picasso is six years old, leading us to suspect that a new car should be testing right about now.

The prototype caught testing also featured some of Citroen’s usual design elements, including small side windows behind the A-pillars, the look of the rear view mirrors, and the shared DS4 design of the rims (even though they have five bolts and not four like the DS4). It has also been reported that the new C4 Picasso model will feature a more conventional look to make room for the fancy DS models, so this prototype may be the one to illustrate that.

Citroen ’s current DS line-up includes: DS3 , DS4 and DS5 , but today the company has unveiled the first teaser image of a new DS model - rumored to be called DS9. Official debut will be made in April at the Beijing motor show and comes as an attempt from Citroen to internationalize its high-end DS brand.

The new DS9 high-end sedan has been inspired by the Metropolis concept unveiled in 2010 at the World Expo in Shanghai. Its production version will be offered as an alternative to the German models that are already dominating the sector.

Citroen’s official teaser on Facebook is offering no other details on the upcoming DS9, except that: "The future of the DS line is already taking shape at Citroen..."

But we can confirm that while the DS9 will be initially offered on the Chinese market, it will also be offered on markets like Europe, as Citroën boss Frederic Banzet has explained: "They could end up elsewhere as we have a worldwide ambition with DS."

We’ve given Citroen some flak in the past for their conservative design methods, but all that seems to be a thing of the past now as the French automaker is preparing to reveal the new C4 Aircross crossover at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show .

Together with its sister model, the Peugeot 4008 , the C4 Aircross represents a new chapter in Citroen’s design evolution. The C4 Aircross - and the 4008, for that matter - were both based on the Mitsubishi ASX Crossover, but the new C4 gets some design transformations on its own, including a new body panel, new trims, and plenty of different color options.

While official powertrain options have yet to be announced, Citroen is offering four different engines, including a 1.6-liter petrol that produces 115 horsepower, a 2.0-liter petrol engine that develops 150 horsepower, a 1.6-liter diesel engine that comes with 110 horsepower, and a 1.8-liter diesel engine that churns out 150 horsepower.

Further details behind the Citroen C4 Aircross will be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. For now, the French automaker has provided a slice of what’s in store courtesy of an extensive photo gallery.

French automaker, Citroen , is probably most famous in the auto and racing circles for its dominance in the world of rally racing and in particular, it’s tie-up with 8-time WRC champ, Sebastien Loeb . So it only made sense that Citroen is bringing a special edition model of their DS3 Racing model to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . The DS3 Sebastien Loeb SE model will be made available after Geneva at a still undisclosed price and will be limited to only 200 units.

On the aesthetic front, Citroen gave the car a special matte black paint finish - always a positive thing - with matching red graphics on the roof that pay homage to Loeb and all his career accomplishments in WRC. Likewise, the mirror caps, the grill rush, the fascia panel, and the base of the gear lever have all been decked in a red Arden finish.

Finally, the interior of the car gets a special numbered plaque signed by both Loeb and Daniel Elena celebrating their 8 championships in WRC with a corresponding numerical assignment on what model number the car is in relation to all 200 units.

You can expect to see the DS3 Racing Sebastien Loeb Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show where it will be on hand together with the rest of Citroen’s contingent.

A year after Citroen pulled the covers off of the C3 Red Block Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show , the French automaker is returning to the same event with the production version of the model, appropriately called the "C3 Red Block Special Edition."

The car will be part of a strong delegation for the Frenchies with the C3 Red Block Special Edition carrying some of the distinctive characteristics that were done on the concept version. The model will be made available in five different paint finishes - Shark Blue with a matching bumper strip, Banquise White, Aluminum Grey, Manitoba Grey, and Obsidian Black with a gloss black bumper strip. On top of the plethora of hues buyers can choose from, the C3 Red Block Special Edition will also sport a modified steering wheel system, a set of new 17" diamond-effect rims wrapped in 205/40 tires, a modified chassis, and a lowered suspension set-up that drops the car’s ride height by 25mm.

Inside, the C3 Red Block Special Edition gets treated to some fancy make-overs, particularly the gloss black dashboard fascia, which adds a certain panache to the car. There are also aluminum-finished pedals and front door surrounds, a smaller sports steering wheel, and as an option to prospective buyers, red leather upholstery.

Engine options are also part of the offering for the special edition C3. For this bad boy, customers can opt to choose from an e-HDi 90 diesel, an e-HDi 100 diesel, and a VTi 120 petrol engine, with the respective outputs ranging from 90-120 horsepower.

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