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Given how much Citroen has invested on the Chinese market, it was only a matter of time before the French automaker expanded its lineup in the country. That time has apparently come with the debut of the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show .

Okay, it doesn’t look as much of a concept as it does a near production-ready model that could be sent to dealerships sooner than later, possibly as soon as later in 2014. The C-XR also holds the distinction of being the first Citroen model the developed with the Dongfeng Motor Group, as clear a sign of where the C-XR is going to be offered once the production version is ready.

Overall, the C-XR is a sharply-designed crossover that should go over among Chinese customers, especially the young-and-hip crowd that puts a vehicle’s style and design over everything else, including its performance credentials.

That’s exactly the formula Citroen followed in developing the C-XR Concept. Only time will tell if the production version adopts the same architecture.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen C-XR Concept.

The Citroen Wild Rubis Concept is finally getting its production due with the arrival of the DS 6WR at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show . Exclusive to the Chinese market, the DS 6WR’s arrival also marks Citroen’s entry into the burgeoining crossover segment of the biggest auto market in the world.

Full details of the DS 6WR are being reserved for its debut at Beijing, but Citroen is really promising a lot with the model, boasting on how it plans to "marry power and refinement" in one impressive design package.

What we can at least expect is a crossover that will ride on the same platform as the DS5 and DS 5LS, two models that, coincidentally, are already being manufactured in China .

The DS 6WR will also be carry the same production plans, thanks to the joint venture between Citroen’s parent company, PSA, and Chinese brand Changan.

Reported performance figures will include a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that will produce as much as 200 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Other engine options available will likely come with output numbers of 163 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 1.8-liter engine that nets 139 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque

As far as price is concerned, the DS 6WR is tipped to retail at a base price of around $26,000 with the top-of-the-line model fetching close to $32,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen DS 6WR .

Late last year, Citroen unveiled the DS 5LS, a compact sedan specifically developed for the Chinese market. The four-door sports an attractive design, a high-quality interior and turbocharged 1.6-liter engines that deliver up to 200 horsepower. In short, the DS 5LS is among the coolest ten cars we can’t drive in the U.S.

And if that grinds your gears, then it’s time to find out that the French are planning to unveil an even hotter version of the sedan at the upcoming Beijing International Auto Show . It’s been christened DS 5LS R and packed with more power, a more luxurious interior, and wrapped in a sporty body that pays tribute to Citroen’s racing heritage.

No need to blow a fuse yet, the DS 5LS R is only a concept car , at least until the manufacturer says otherwise. However, we do feel the need to stress the fact that Citroen absence from the U.S. market is getting increasingly frustrating as their most impressive offerings are taking the road to China.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen DS 5LS R Concept.

Citroen has made its reputation building innovative and forward-thinking cars. Since the post WWII days with the Citroen DS , the French automaker has always thought outside the box, and this C4 Cactus is no exception.

The two defining outward features are unmistakably its unique yet familiar shape and the colored, bumpy panels affixed to its sides. While they are major components in making the C4 Cactus what it is, they aren’t its only innovative or interesting qualities. Other endearing qualities can be found within as well.

The C4 Cactus’ interior looks like a cross between an IKEA and a classy men’s wardrobe boutique, with Android software running the infotainment system and gauge cluster. Materials and their overall design are high quality with a certain vogue, yet timeless attribute.

While certain things inside and out might seem expensive, Citroen’s goal was to significantly reduce the cost of ownership – and they’ve done it by a good 20 percent. Fuel savings goes a long way in saving owners money, namely its 91 mpg rating in diesel form measured on the European cycle. Weight savings also plays a huge role here. Weighing in at a mere 2,127 pounds, the Cactus is said to be much easier on its running gear, lessening the need to replace parts as often.

Citroen seems most proud of saving customers money in the area of body damage. The Cactus’ Airbump system reduces the chance of parking lot dings and minor finder bender damage with its thermoplastic polyurethane construction and air-filled pockets. Even with their purposeful nature, the Airbump panels sure make a bold statement while living up to its Cactus name.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus.

We never bother covering 10-minute Nϋrburgring times. In fact, anything over eight minutes is not really worth our time. And we have never, nor did we ever plan to cover a Citroen AX Diesel . I mean, with just 52 horsepower, it is pretty obvious why we just have no interest in it. That said, when you combine these two typically boring topics, we suddenly become really interested.

It takes a pretty good driver to lap the `Ring in under 10 minutes in any normal car, but to do so in this 52-horsepower, bone-stock hatchback not only takes skills, but it also takes a set of gonads large enough to need their own area code. Well, this fine gentleman must have put his set in the trunk, as they were nowhere in sight, but he managed to clear the bridge-to-gantry run in 9:55.

Watching him work that underpowered diesel engine like a champ was a thing of beauty. As he stated, the AX’s 1,360 cc diesel engine is a dog once the 720 kg (1,590-pound) car loses its momentum, so he had to push this puny hatchback with what appeared to be nothing more than bicycle tires under it further than some of us may be comfortable in a modern supercar .

Don’t think that he simply hopped in his AX and headed to the `Ring for a quick session when he broke the 10-minute barrier. He did 118 laps around the Nϋrburgring to get to know the course, then it took him 10 full-throttle attempts to get it under 10 minutes. That is some serious perseverance, folks.

Out hats off to you. Regardless of how much you downplayed in on the YouTube post, that was some amazing driving and awesome reflexes.

Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept

Citroen’s presentation of the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year went well enough that the French company has now confirmed that a production version is on its way next year.

It’ll only be sold in limited quantities, which is a little bit of a letdown, but then again, knowing that supply is going to be limited, you can bet that a lot of people will be signing up for one when Citroen opens its order books for the car on January 2nd.

That being said, what we really like about the DS3 Cabrio Racing is that there weren’t a lot of changes made to the production model from the concept version. Actually, you’re going to have to look pretty deep to notice anything different.

The production version of the DS3 Cabrio Racing will feature a new paint color, Matte Moondark Grey, that will be packaged with a black roof, and accents of Carmin Red strategically finished in various parts of the car, including as wide strips on the doors and the wheel centers.

The interior also comes in its own shade of Moondark Grey, which Citroen used on the upper dash, the center console, and the instrument panel. The front seat headrests have the Citroën Racing signature embroidered on them, while uniquely numbered identification plates are placed on the base of the gearshift lever, ensuring that it’s limited appeal is displayed for everyone to see.

Carbon fiber will also be plentiful on this upscale model, as you will be able to find the lightweight material on the air diffuser, front splitter, wraparound body sills and wing flares. Rounding out the sporty exterior is a chrome-finished, twin-exit exhaust system.

A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine will be powering the DS3 Cabrio Racing with output slated at 207 horsepower, a speck more than the 202-horsepower output of the concept version. No performance details were announced, but we assume it’s going to hit 60 mph in around 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of about 155 mph.

Citroen has made no mention on how many models of the DS3 Cabrio Racing it’ll make available, but there’s a good chance that there’s going to be less than 1,000 units available. So if you’re interested, circle January 2nd on your calendars now because we suspect that the books will be filled up really quickly.

Click past the jump to read about the Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept

We admit that a teaser photo of a wheel, albeit a pretty sick-looking one at that, isn’t much to go by. But Citroen doesn’t believe so, which is why it sounds so excited promoting the upcoming debut of the model they’ve christened the DS 5LS.

There’s not much to go by with the teaser apart from the slick alloys and the fact that Citroen has described the model as a "new premium class sedan".

So, it’s a luxury car that will likely have all the bells and whistles typically found in vehicles of its segment. We admit that the curiosity of seeing this model when it makes its debut is making us believe that the DS 5LS sedan will be one that will be talked about by a lot of people in the days leading up to the debut and even well after that.

It’s also worth pointing out that this model could be another vehicle for the Chinese market, the only place in the world where Citroen’s DS line is marketed as a stand-alone brand. Maybe there’s more to it that we still don’t know about.

The good thing is we won’t have to wait too long to find out if these fancy alloys are the highlight of the entire vehicle, or a part of something really, really awesome.

We’re hitching our wagons on the latter and crossing our fingers that we won’t be disappointed.

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To celebrate the opening of the DS World Paris on November 27th, Citroen prepared the special-edition DS3 that it dubbed the DS World Paris. The model will be displayed exclusively in Paris and will be limited to only 15 units.

The model was inspired by Art Deco architecture, and it reflects the French artisanal expertise. It is coated exclusively in matte ash grey combined with a Trinitario brown for the roof and wing mirror shells. Another special feature on this special DS3 is the new set of 17-inch wheels with a unique diamond effect.

For the interior, Citroen added seats wrapped in Trinitario brown Nappa leather with beige stitching. Citroen also made use of the same leather for the dashboard insert, gear lever handle and central armrest. Each unit also gets a specially numbered "DS World Paris" badge crafted in Burgundy oak.

There is no mention of what powers this DS3, nor does Citroen mention a price or release date.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen DS3.

After releasing arguably one of the most straight-forward press releases in the auto industry, Citroen bared its Frankfurt Auto Show plans and a big part of it will be the Cactus Concept , a car that has turned to be better than we previously thought.

After all the details of the Cactus Concept were bared, we couldn’t help by wonder how much of all the new technology, including the highly advertised "Air Bump" bumpers, will translate into the production model.

An indication of this technology seems points to bumpers that absorb the kind of damage that would’ve messed up any other bumper. The accompanying video after the jump even does a demonstration, although how much help the phrase "touch me" does when you accidentally touch your own monitor is a little misleading — you feel even worse when you realize that your monitor is not a touchscreen...

We’re guessing technology like ’Airbumps’ was what Citroen was aiming for when it said that it was embracing a “Pure, Simple, Smart" philosophy.

Updated 09/11/2013: This review has been updated with official details and photos

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen Cactus Concept

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Citroen Cactus Concept is not the only vehicle that the French manufacturer is going to unveil at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Now, Citroen is announcing that it will also update the current DS lineup with the addition of a new package called Faubourg Addict.

It takes its inspiration from the Numero 9 concept and, according to the first details, it promises to deliver "Parisian luxury." Citroen will apply this special edition to all DS models, including the DS3 , DS4 and DS5 .

The new Faubourg Addict package will include a new exterior color called "Whisper" combined with a deep black with subtle purple nuances, and a DS signature on the monogram canvas roof. The model also receives new, laser-engraved wing mirror housings and sits on jewellery Diamond-effect wheels with Whisper-colored centers coordinated with the body paint.

The new Citroen DS Faubourg Addict Edition will be put on sale in October. Prices will be announced at a later date, and more information will come forward upon the Special edition’s unveiling in Frankfurt.

Click past the jump to read more about the Citroen Numero 9.


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