Citroen

If you live in North America or South Asia, then Citroen is far from a household name for you and you probably rarely even think about the brand. You probably should, though, because Citroen has been at the forefront of the automotive industry for 100 years, with its roots traced back to March 1919 when the company was founded by Andrei Citroen. Its roots tie into innovative technology as well and was responsible for the Traction Avant – the world’s first, mass-produced, front-wheel-drive car. That car was also the first to feature a unitary design, which is similar to the unibody structure on most cars today in which there was no chassis supporting any of the mechanical components under the skin.

In 1954, Citroen developed the worlds first self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension setup and, just a year later, the Citroen DS became the first mass-produced car in the world to feature disc brakes as we know them today. Oh, and you know those cool lights on your Mercedes that adjust themselves at turns and curves for better visibility? Well, you better thank Citroen for those – the company introduced that technology on several of its models back in 1967. Citroen holds its head high to this day knowing that it’s the only automaker to have won three different championships from the International Automobile Associated (IAF.) It’s kicked ass in the World Rally Raid Championship, World Rally Championship, and World Touring car Championship, so it also has a strong history in motorsports as well. Still don’t think Citroen is worth knowing about?

Today, Citroen has a massive global lineup that includes a number of hatchbacks, SUV, and Van models with prices that range from just over €10,000 all the way up to just over €34,000. It even has a few fleet-style van offerings and an electric car known as the C-Zero.

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This 70s-Era Citroen DS Gets a New Lease On Life Thanks to Electrification

This 70s-Era Citroen DS Gets a New Lease On Life Thanks to Electrification

A classic DS with an electric powertrain is the perfect Citroen!

Electrification might be doing a lot for modern cars, but it’s also breathing new life into older cars. Case in point: this 1971 Citroen DS. Tuning firm Electrogenic has removed the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replaced it with an all-electric powertrain and battery pack. The new powertrain delivers 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. The juice comes from a 48.6 kWh battery that delivers a range of around 140 miles but Electrogenic does offer a range extender that can boost that range to more than 200 miles.

Outside of the new powertrain, most of the Citroen DS remains untouched. The design remains the same, though the owner of this specific model went with the hydro-pneumatic suspension to improve ride quality. The tailpipes have also been removed while the boot lid now has a subtle “DS EV Electronique” emblem. If you’re interested, Electrogenic will upgrade your classic DS to

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This 1967 Hoffman Citroen 2CV In Jay Leno's Garage Is As Cool As it is Gorgeous

This 1967 Hoffman Citroen 2CV In Jay Leno’s Garage Is As Cool As it is Gorgeous

Did you know the French people’s car was offered as a convertible?

There are cars out there that beg to be used as platforms. If you’ve watched Jay Leno’s Garage on YouTube, you’ll know he has plenty of weird and cool stuff that he likes to showcase in detail. This time, he’s showing us a 1967 Citroen 2CV, but not just any 2CV. This one has a custom fiberglass body and it’s a convertible.

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2021 DS 9

2021 DS 9

French luxury is back, and then some

The DS brand has established itself as Citroen’s luxury brand. After the DS3 and DS7 Crossback, the French marque has brought out its flagship – the DS9. It’s been too long since Citroen has had any form of a full-size saloon. Finally, in 2021, they have filled the void. The DS9 aims to compete with the likes of Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. A bold move, indeed. Those, familiar with the history of French manufacturers know that back in the 1950s, the most comfortable and revolutionary cars came from France. Can the DS9 recapture the old glory?

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2021 Citroen C4 and E-C4

2021 Citroen C4 and E-C4

The new C4 will be a breath of fresh air in a rather unremarkable segment

The new C4 is here and brings in what can be described as the French equivalent of retro-futurist design. This is especially interesting since Citroens of old were very advanced cars for their time and they also looked futuristic. Because of this, it may seem strange that we are talking about retro-futuristic aesthetics. That is until you look at some of their older models like the Citroen CX or SM. The C4 and now the e-C4 continue to be the backbone of Citroen’s lineup, but will quirky design and modern technology be enough to compete with the best?

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2021 Citroen DS4

2021 Citroen DS4

Citroen’s luxury brand has a lot riding on the success of the premium family hatchback

It’s been around six years since Citroen spun the DS line into its own sub-brand, and while the latter has had a modest amount of success standing in its own legs, there’s a general feeling that the DS brand still has plenty of untapped potential. The French automaker hopes to unlock some of that potential with the new DS4. The upscale four-door hatchback is an important model for DS, largely because of the popularity of the segment it occupies.

That popularity, though, comes at a price, specifically with the models that the DS4 will compete against. We’re not talking about riff-raffs here; this segment is also occupied by a handful of German stalwarts, including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, and Mercedes A-Class. Still, if DS wants to be taken more seriously as an upscale brand, this is the segment where it needs to show its mettle. The DS4 will be tasked to do just that, and if the hatchback lives up to DS’s expectations, it can go a long way in adding some shine and boosting brand awareness for Citroen’s luxury brand.

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2020 Citroen Ami

2020 Citroen Ami

The Citroen Ami returns after 42 years as an all-electric quadricycle, and it’s kinda cute

The 2020 Citroen Ami is an all-electric vehicle based on the Ami One concept that the French company unveiled in 2019. Only 95 inches long and 55 inches wide, the Ami is in fact an elecric quadricycle rather than a full-blown car and it can be driven without a driver’s license.

This makes it accessible to people as young as 16 in most European countries (and 14 in France). Developed as a solution for city commuting over relatively short distances, the Ami is named after the original Citroen Ami, an economy car that the French firm produced from 1961 to 1978. What’s it all about and should you buy one? Find out in our review below.

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2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

Whenever DS flexes its luxury muscle, we should all pay attention

Over the past decades, luxury has been associated with what we could call analogue concepts: fine leather, wood veneer, exquisite quilting, and silky-smooth fabrics. These days, however, luxury goes hand in hand with technology, too.

Sure, not everybody approves of that, but even the most fanatical skeptic might have second thoughts after getting a glimpse of the DS Aero Sport Lounge. We’re gonna offer up a lot more than that in the words below.

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2021 DS 8

2021 DS 8

The company’s biggest sedan yet will go after the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6

The 2021 DS 8 is an upcoming midsize sedan from DS Automobile, the premium division of Citroen. The 2021 DS 8 is the company’s first venture into the midsize sedan market and it will be DS’ largest four-door yet, slotting above the DS 5LS.

Aimed at sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2021 DS 8 will share underpinnings with the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 508. Spotted testing since 2019, the DS 8 will probably break cover in 2020. Like most DS products, it will be unveiled in China initially, but will be sold in Europe as well.

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The PSA-FCA Merger Could Bring Some Cool Cars to the United States

The PSA-FCA Merger Could Bring Some Cool Cars to the United States

Could Peugeot be back in the U.S. sooner than we thought? And Can DS take on the likes of BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes?

FCA and PSA are merging; this much we know is true. With this in mind, and the reminder that Peugeot has been itching to get back into the U.S. market, we’ve realized that this new merger with FCA could streamline and speed up that process in a big way. Furthermore, it opens the door for brands like Citroen, Vauxhall, and DS to ease into the U.S. market without taking too large of a risk. So, if this all plays out in the most favorable way possible, what cool cars could end up on U.S. roads in the near future? Let’s dig into it and look at the possibilities.

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2019 Citroen 19 19 Concept

2019 Citroen 19 19 Concept

This is Citroen’s gift to itself on its 100th birthday and it has none of the grace of its past legends

The Citroen 19_19 Concept is not a Tonka toy. Instead, it’s Citroen’s idea of how a fully autonomous car meant for cross-country trips will look in the future. Said to be inspired by the aviation world, it features a cabin brimming with tech that’s accessible via suicide doors. View it as the big brother of Citroen’s Ami One concept that’s built for the inner cities with licenseless drivers in mind.

Did you expect a nicer looking concept on Citroen’s 100th anniversary? After all, the endless streams of CXs, BXs or SMs should’ve been carried into the present day and into the future by something, right? Well, look at Citroen’s current lineup of cars. Do you see anything even remotely pretty or classy looking? I don’t and this autonomous EV sitting on 30-inch wheels is a sign that things won’t change. But underneath that GM AUTOnomy-esque body, there’s a revised version of Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, a 100kWh battery pack that translates to a near-500-mile range, and a pair of electric motors that combine for a total output of 456 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist. We reckon that’s enough for the driverless means of transportation of the future but what’s more important is what the 19_19 Concept hides behind those four large doors.

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2019 Citroen Ami Concept

2019 Citroen Ami Concept

It will bow at the 2019 Geneva motor show this March

Citroen is a manufacturer that many still associate with clever technical innovations wrapped in a unique styling package and, by that definition, the new Ami Concept fits right into the brand’s historic mold. It’s also not the first Citroen to be called Ami, so maybe the automaker is timidly trying to play the history card with this petit concept.

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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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The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV

The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV

City SUV with curious styling inside and out

DS presented the new DS3 Crossback at the Paris Motor Show. The SUB-compact city SUV is the second SUV debut for the premium brand under the PSA Group and it took the path of competing with other small city crossovers. Without a direct premium competitor in its segment (save for the Audi Q2), the DS3 Crossback represent an interesting attempt by the French to excite buyers into this class. In essence, this car succeeded the DS3 small city car, but brings numerous novelties demonstrating DS ideology of creating exciting, different, and unique cars.

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2019 Citroen DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4

2019 Citroen DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4

French automaker’s attempt to woo the highly competitive Hybrid SUV segment

DS has been trying hard to give stiff competition to the German trio since its inception three years back. Despite having some quality vehicles like the DS3, DS4, and DS5, to name a few, the PSA Group marque has yet to announce itself as a serious threat to the rivals. In a valiant effort yet again, DS introduces the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 – its first plug-in hybrid offering. Does this crossover have enough to stare down the German bullies?

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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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2019 Citroen C5 Aircross

2019 Citroen C5 Aircross

It doesn’t have AWD, though

Citroen plans to woo future C5 Aircross buyers with chunky SUV looks, striking fascias, and colorful design details. What you’re essentially looking at here is not an SUV, but the evolution of the European people carrier which Citroen chose to launch before the long overdue replacement for the C5 sedan and wagon.

First revealed for the Chinese market last year, and set to make its European debut at the Paris motor show this October, the C5 Aircross has been confirmed to arrive in showrooms by the end of 2018 with minor changes. Underpinning it is the same EMP2 platform used for the Peugeot 3008, 5008, and the Opel Grandland X - like these models from within the PSA group, the new C5 Aircross also lacks an all-wheel-drive option and only features Grip Control.

Previous C5-badged Citroens all used to feature the firm’s excellent hydropneumatic adjustable suspension, but here it’s been ditched in favor of what they call Progressive Hydraulic Cushions - basically two hydraulic stops on each corner: one for rebound and one for compression - and this is said to provide a very smooth ride, although the system is nowhere near as advanced as the previous one.

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PSA Has Picked 15 States for it's U.S.-Market Comeback Attack

PSA Has Picked 15 States for it’s U.S.-Market Comeback Attack

Will it be as easy as they make it sound?

After exiting the U.S. market in 1991, PSA Group is eyeing a strong comeback. Larry Dominique, CEO of PSA Group North America, revealed that the company is seriously looking to re-establish itself in the U.S. again. In fact, the company has already started setting up their corporate office in Georgia, Atlanta. Are they a tad bit late, given how the trade war is picking up heat?

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What is the Least Expensive Citroen?

Pricing for Citroen models vary globally, but in general, the Citroen C1 is the cheapest offering. It is a subcompact hatchback\city car that has a starting price of around €10,000. The next model up, the brand’s entry-level crossover will set you back around €13,000.

What is the Sportiest Citroen?

The sportiest Citroen isn’t really a Citroen at all. Well, it kind of is. We’re talking about the DS 3 Hatchback – a product of the recently launched DS brand, a subsidiary of Citroen. The DS 3 is largely related to the Peugeot 208 GTO and has a 1.6-liter, turbocharger, four-banger under its hood. It delivers some 205 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which is said to be good enough for a sprint to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. The DS 3 starts out at nearly €20,000 but climbs closer to €23,500 in top trim with leather interior.

What is the Most Popular Citroen?

With small city cars being so popular in Europe and SUVs starting to finally take a hold there as they have in the U.S., it should come as no surprise that Citroen’s most popular model is the compact C3 Crossover. It’s essentially a raised hatchback that combines a bit of utility and fun driving dynamics. It’s generally priced around the €13,000 mark so it’s rather affordable on most budgets and it looks pretty good too.

What is the Most Expensive Citroen?

The most expensive Citroen is the Spacetourer – big family van that offers seating for 8, a fairly decent technology lineup, and more space than most families know what to do with. There’s nothing commanding about its appearance and nothing to write home about under the hood, but it’s a damn good family hauler. The Citroen Spacetourer starts out at €34,520 and goes up from there.

What is the Fastest Citroen?

The fastest Citroen is also the sportiest – the new DS Hatchback. With 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine, it can get to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and tops out at 143 mph. That’s not back for a car that’s smaller than the Honda civic and commands a price below the €25,000 mark.

Are Citroens Reliable?

A recent study by The Telegraph in the U.K. pegged the Citroen brand as pretty reliable, giving it a raking of No. 13 of all automakers with an average of 115 problems per 100 cars produced. AutoExpress has even ranked the C4 Picasso, C1, and C4 Cactus as some of the most reliable vehicles you can buy back in 2017. The C1 is also ranked No. 9 in the reliability index for the top 100 reliable cars. Not all Citroen models have as much clout in the reliability department, though. The Citroen C3 is known for electrical problems (some 26-percent of all problems appear to be electrical) while the C4 is ranked well below the industry average but has a low average cost of repair when compared to other vehicles its size. Meanwhile, the Picasso is highly reliable but does suffer from electrical issues, while the Grand C4 Picasso scores horribly with lots of axle and suspension problems.

Despite all of this, the Citroen brand as a whole is still ranked No. 13, and it’s likely because the brand is the producer of basic automobiles – there is no high tech goodies or expensive materials here. All Citroens are, for the most part, simple and put purpose over appearance. They aren’t bad cars by any means and are pretty reliable, but if you one a lot of tech or more comfort, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Peugeot would be a good next step without going into the hardcore luxury segment.