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Citroen C5 Aircross Hyrbid Concept Revealed In Paris

Citroen C5 Aircross Hyrbid Concept Revealed In Paris

The SUV looks swell, but is it enough to be the segment leader?

Citroën’s flagship presentation this year at the Paris Motor Show is the pre-production study for the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. Dubbed the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept, it will go on sale from 2020. The SUV on display at the show features a special White and Deep Blue color code, with Electric Blue accents.

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PSA To Electrify All Its New Models Launched From 2019

PSA To Electrify All Its New Models Launched From 2019

The group wants to be known as one of the first few manufacturers to adopt electrification in such a short span of time

French Auto Group PSA has announced that it will be electrifying all the models launched from 2019 onward. All cars will either be fully-electric or hybrid. This applies to all the brands under the PSA Group, including Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Vauxhall, and Opel. PSA is one of the first automakers to announce the electrification process across its entire group range. The first one to do it was Volvo.

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2016 Citroën Cxperience

2016 Citroën Cxperience

Likely to preview Citroen’s upcoming flagship sedan

If I were to pick an automaker that has delivered the most intriguing vehicle designs of the last 60 years or so, it would have to be Citroen. From the Traction Avant and original DS series to the SM and the C6, the French firm has launched some pretty wild-looking cars. The C4 Cactus is the latest to bring some rather unconventional styling cues and features to the market, but Citroen didn’t stop there. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the French company unleashed the Cxperience, a concept car that likely previews an upcoming flagship sedan.

Measuring nearly five meters, which puts it above the C5, the Cxperience is a sign that Citroen wants to move upmarket and offer a new flagship model. The French automaker stopped selling one in 2012, when the C6 was discontinued due to slow sales. Designed by Citroen Styling at the company’s Design Centre in Velizy, the new concept was inspired by the "high-tech world on the outside, and by furnishings/travel on the inside."

"The whole Style team pulled in the same direction to create a new executive saloon with international reach, breaking with conventional codes to express the brand’s values: Optimistic, Human and Smart, said Alexandre Malvan, director of Citroen Design.

As with many concepts, the Cxperience isn’t likely to spawn a production model, but a flagship model loosely based on it is likely to follow. Citroen current offers a new-generation C6 in China, but that’s far too conventional compared to the four-door that will drawn cues from this concept in a few years. Let’s see what the Cxperience is all about below.

Updated 10/04/2016: We added a series of images taken during the concept’ official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Citroën Cxperience Concept.

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PSA Launches New Electrification Solutions For Its Future Hybrid Cars

PSA Launches New Electrification Solutions For Its Future Hybrid Cars

PSA is promising four all-electric models by 2021 and new plug-in hybrids by 2019

There is no denying it – hybrid and all-electric vehicles have made their mark on the automotive market and aren’t going away anytime soon. As such, every manufacturer is trying to get its own piece of the pie. PSA Group, the folks behind cars like the Peugeot 2008 and the Citroen C4, just presented its new strategy for electrification at the Innovation Day event earlier today. They are known as the Common Modular Platform and the Efficient Modular Platform.

Gilles Le Borgne, the Executive Vice President of research and development for PSA, said, “These next-generation hybrid and electric technologies will complement our range of internal combustion engines, thereby enabling PSA Group to offer its customers a diversified line-up of technologies that meet all of their mobility needs. This innovative strategy clearly demonstrates the Group’s commitment to global, sustainable solutions that will allow us to take on the energy transition challenge.”

The Efficient Modular Platform – dubbed EMP2 – will be used for compact and premium models and has already been introduced in the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308 back in 2013. Starting in 2019, the platform will be used to deploy the group’s first plug-in hybrid models. The plan includes SUVs and crossovers that will have electric four-wheel drive and up to 37 miles of all-electric range. The biggest advantage, however, will be that interior space won’t be compromised thanks to the design of the platform and battery location. Furthermore, PSA is claiming there will be efficiency gains of up to 40 percent in urban driving conditions.

The Common Modular Platform, dubbed CMP, was co-developed with Dongfeng Motors and is slated for use in compact city cars, compact SUVs, and core sedan models. Claims in the press release point to the development of multi-purpose electric vehicles with a range of up to 279 miles with one minute of charging providing up to 7.45 miles of range. According to PSA’s recent press release, the plan is to introduce four all-electric models by 2021, with the first one hitting showrooms as early as 2019.

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2015 Citroen Aircross Concept

2015 Citroen Aircross Concept

Citroen was founded almost a century ago, and since then, it’s sold roughly 50 million vehicles worldwide. To help celebrate this momentous achievement, the French automaker is unveiling a new hybrid crossover concept for the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show, highlighting the brand’s forward-thinking philosophy with the latest technology, design language, interior innovations, and powertrain developments. The concept draws heavily from the successful C4 Cactus, but brings a few fresh ideas to the table with typical Citroen flair.

The double-chevron brand chose Shanghai for the debut as a means of reflecting “...the importance of the Chinese market, which accounts for 25 percent of total sales, and stands as Citroen’s number-one market.” However, the Aircross was designed to reflect the demands of customers everywhere, mixing comfort, performance and economy into one cohesive package. 

While still only a concept, the Aircross might be a good signifier of things to come from Citroen. And even though some of the ideas it presents could be seen as too radical for mass consumption, don’t discount anything – Citroen has been known to embrace even the craziest concepts if they show potential. This is historically evidenced by the wonderful DS of the 1950s. Check it out here.

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Citroen Survolt and Metropolis might go into production

Citroen Survolt and Metropolis might go into production

After Citroen announced that the GTbyCitroen will not make it to production, the French company is now focusing on a production version for the Survolt and the Metropolis concepts. In an interview with AutoCar PSA design boss Jean-Pierre Ploué said: "We cannot afford to let the likes of Audi, Mercedes and BMW forge into Citroën’s heartland supermini territory without fighting back and pushing into theirs. Selling large luxury cars in Europe is not easy at the moment, but I believe Citroën has a great deal more to bring to the market."

The Survolt is an electric sports car that sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 162 mph.

The Citroen Metropolis is a big luxury sedan with a wheelbase bigger than both the Audi A8 or Mercedes S-Class. It is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that combines a 2.0-liter V6 engine with an output of 272bhp and 277lb ft and an electric motor that develops from 55bhp to 95bhp.

Saying that we are excited to see these two cars make it into production is kind of an understatement. Electric cars are the future and the fact that these two vehicles are super sleek and sexy is an absolute bonus.

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2010 Citroen DS High Rider

2010 Citroen DS High Rider

It has been about a year since the French automaker launched the all new Citroen DS line and only a few months after the new DS3 broke cover, the new car builder is taking the next step by unveiling the new DS High Rider concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The High Rider is a modern car with an innovative technological approach, especially because of the new "Full Hybrid" diesel powertrain.

The "Full Hybrid " system combines a refined HDi DPFS diesel burning power plant with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle that enables the Citroen DS High Rider to combine the fuel efficiency and torque of an HDi diesel engine with the green benefits of a next generation ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) when running exclusively under electric power while in other situations, both propulsion sources combine to deliver the maximum amount of power with an excess of torque being transmitted to the rear wheels.

Updated 04/23/2010: Citroen today unveiled images of the concept’s interior. The images revealed that the instrument panel, seats and door panels are all finished in a quality, full-grain leather, while chrome detailing is used around the dials, steering wheel, air vents, gear stick and the arch that connects the instrument panel to the console.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Citroen Metropolis

2010 Citroen Metropolis

Citroen will unveil the Metropolis concept next month at the Shanghai World Fair which runs from May 1-October 31, 2010. The Citroen Metropolis is a big luxury sedan with a wheelbase bigger than both the Audi A8 or Mercedes S-Class and it just so happens to follow the debut of the BMW long-wheelbase 5 series at the Beijing Motor Show

As you can easily notice, the design language is inspired by the Hypnos concept and was entirely developed by PSA Group’s Shanghai design studio. It is built on a modified version of of the PSA Group’s Platform 3, used on cars such as the Citroën C6 and Peugeot 407.

The Metropolis is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that combines a 2.0-liter V6 engine with an output of 272bhp and 277lb ft and an electric motor that develops from 55bhp to 95bhp. The concept has a CO2 emission of just 70 g/km.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 GQbyCitroen Concept

2010 GQbyCitroen Concept

Two years ago- much to our delight - Citroen brought out the GT by Citroen concept. It took longer than expected, but the French brand is back to their "by Citroen" ways with the debut of the GQbyCitroen concept, a car it developed in collaboration with the popular men’s lifestlye magazine, GQ. The concept will be revealed in London next week.

The GQbyCitroen is defined by a contemporary and sophisticated design featuring a carved front and a muscular side with the rear characterized by a particularly elegant concave rear window. The interior is signed by Patrick Grant, the artistic director of the Haus E. Tautz. It is spacious, comfortable and most importantly - as far as concepts are concerned - defined by futuristic lines.

The GQbyCitroen is a hybrid concept that’s powered by a a 1.6-liter THP direct-injected petrol engine and is capable of clocking a 0 to 62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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Leaked photos of Citroen C-Cactus surfaces on the web

Leaked photos of Citroen C-Cactus surfaces on the web

The photo is a little too grainy for our liking; nevertheless, we’ll take it any way we can get it. From what we’ve gathered, the photo looks a lot like the production version of the new Citroen C-Cactus, which company officials have said will go out on the market in 2012.

The cute and compact vehicle will come with a 1.4 HDi diesel engine that has been carefully tagged with its own electric motor, with rumors also circulating that Citroen is in the works for an all-electric version down the road. After debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few years back, Citroen has spent the better part of two years developing a production version of the car that would be both affordable and eco-friendly. Though it took longer than we all expected, it looks like Citroen has finally reaped the fruits of its labor.

Whether or not it translates to positive sales won’t be determined until a couple of years. Then again, progress is as progress gets.

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Could the Citroen C-Cactus go into production?

Could the Citroen C-Cactus go into production?

Citroen has recently revealed the C-Cactus concept a couple of years ago at the 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Due to this funky looking compact car’s warm reception from the public, the French automaker is seriously considering turning the concept car into full fledged production vehicle.

The C-Cactus is powered by a 70 HP HDi diesel engine combined with a particulate filter to clean the noxious gasses and an electric motor for additional propulsion, to the tune of 30 HP. The C-Cactus consumes slightly over 69 miles per gallon of diesel over a combined driving cycle; while emitting a very Euro important 78 g/km of CO2. If the U.S. can ever learn to accept the benefits of clean diesel technology we too could benefit from these efficient little machines.

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Citroen DS5 hybrid confirmed for 2011

Citroen DS5 hybrid confirmed for 2011

It’s official! The French automaker Citroen has confirmed that their first hybrid model will be in showrooms by 2011. The DS5 will be feature a traditional front wheel drive power train combined with hybrid electric motors to provide additional moving force to the rear rollers. The design is inspired by the C-Sportlounge concept car that was revealed back at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Citroen DS5 be powered by a HDI diesel engine turning the front wheels combined with separate electrics motors to provide extra grunt to the rear wheels whenever necessary. According to Citroen’s parent company, PSA, "The innovative technology delivers a multitude of benefits - considerable fuel savings and around a 35 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.”

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Citroen Hypnos first hybrid diesel into production by 2011

Citroen Hypnos first hybrid diesel into production by 2011

The French carmakers Citroen unveiled their Hypnos concept car at the Paris Auto Show and making it a reality means it will become world’s first fully functional diesel hybrid when it goes in to production in 2011. The Hypnos’s drivetrain will be based around a conventional 200 HP 2.0 Liter turbodiesel driving the front wheels. While a 50 HP electric motor provides additional thrust for the rear rollers. A combination that Citroen claims will return 62.7 MPG.

At the moment nickel hydride batteries are powering the electric motors, but the next generation is lined up to receive a set of more environmentally friendly lithium ion batteries. Citroen hopes that this hybrid setup can be applied to gasoline engines as well.

In an interview with AutoCar, Frederic Poil, the man in charge of Citroen’s hybrid powertrain project, was quoted saying that "With this combination we believe it is possible to build a car with the fuel consumption and emissions of a 1.6-liter engine, but the power of a 3.0-liter engine."

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Citroen considers 97.4mpg hybrid C-Cactus

Citroen considers 97.4mpg hybrid C-Cactus

A concept car capable of nearly 100 miles per gallon is closer to becoming a real world vehicle, says Citroen. The French automaker said that it is considering a range of power plants for the C-Cactus including a 1.0-liter petrol engine with sub 100gr/km CO2 emissions; a HYmotion2 diesel-electric hybrid consuming 97.4mpg and insanely low emissions of 78g/km CO2, 100% electric model with a top speed and range of 70mph and 100 miles respectively.

Citroen’s stripped out as much junk as possible, using just 200 parts inside — around half the number of a typical family car. There’s no dashboard, fixed windows (the aircon is supposedly that advanced, though there is a simple slider for toll motorways and the like) and many of the components are made from recycled materials.

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2008 Citroen Hypnos Concept

2008 Citroen Hypnos Concept

Citroen will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the Hypnos concept car, a hybrid vehicle that is blurring the line of sports coupe and SUV (kinda like the BMW X6.)

Citroen calls this car a hybrid, but has not yet indicated what technology it is utilizing. What is known, and a little exciting for a hybrid, is the engine will make 200 bhp. Citroen says that the Hypnos will still keep green by giving high gas millage and low emissions (4.5 l/100 km and 120 g/km of CO2).

Press release after the jump.

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