The First Hatchback Ever Made: 1936 Citroen 11CV Traction Avant
Despite the SUV craze of recent times, the hatchback body style is still among the most popular ones, in many regions of the world. Over the years, hatchbacks have spawned a variety of body styles, such as the liftback, fastback, station wagon, and others. While there are many iconic hatchbacks, the first one came, way back, in 1936 – the Citroen Traction Avant – and here’s what you need to know about it.
2022 DS E-Tense Performance
If the E-Tense name sounds familiar to you, it is because DS brought a concept version of it at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Back then, we were excited about the idea that a production version of the E-Tense and the probability of DS entering the sports car market.
Today, that dream is one step closer to reality as DS unveiled the E-Tense Performance - a one-off prototype developed and created by DS Performance with inspiration taken from Formula E cars.
Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special
The boys are back! After their LOCHdown special, which aired back in July, this year’s next Grand Tour Special, which is also their Christmas Special dubbed Carnage A Trois, dwells a little deeper into French cars. Owing to the lockdowns which would have been in place when this film was made, the Grand Tour team really couldn’t venture far to some exotic locales like Brazil or Namibia. So instead, they had to stick within the confines of the U.K. Nevertheless, the trailer does look pretty darn exciting.
Doug DeMuro Checks Out One of the Weirdest Modern Cars Ever: the Citroën C6
In one of his most recent videos, Doug DeMuro checks out one of the weirdest modern cars to ever hit the road, the 2006 Citroën C6. It was the French automaker’s flagship car between 2005-2012, although, the C6 was never sold in North America.
It went up against models like the Mercedes Benz E Class and the BMW 5 Series. This particular example is currently on display at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Citroen SM Michelin Breadvan Is A Crazy Collaboration Between Citroen, Michelin, and Maserati
When you think of Citroen, you rarely think of performance cars. The French carmaker is mainly known for producing quirky, practical cars where performance is, at best, an afterthought. But back when Citroen was cool and owned Maserati, it collaborated with tire manufacturer Michelin to create a crazy prototype for high-speed testing. This resulted in the 1973 Citroen SM Breadvan – the fastest front-wheel-drive car in the world.
This Is Probably The Slowest Drag Race You Will Ever See!
Mat Watson from ‘Carwow’ conducted a very different kind of race recently. He didn’t have any fancy cars this time. Instead, he drag-raced a Citroen Ami against a scooter, an e-bike, and two remote control cars. No prizes for guessing which one of these won, but this incredibly fun race will leave you in splits.
2022 Citroen C5 X
Citroen C5 started its life as a station wagon and a notchback back in 2001 when the first generation was launched. A sedan was added to the lineup when the second generation was launched in 2007. Now, the third generation comes with a few interesting changes.
With a design inspired by the third generation C4 and the CXperience concept, the new C5 "combines the modernity and appeal of an SUV, the elegance and status of a saloon, and the versatility and practicality of a station wagon." In another words, the new C5 X is now a "liftback." Confusing, no?
This 70s-Era Citroen DS Gets a New Lease On Life Thanks to Electrification
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
This 1967 Hoffman Citroen 2CV In Jay Leno’s Garage Is As Cool As it is Gorgeous
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.
2021 DS 9
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?
2021 Citroen C4 and E-C4
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?
2021 Citroen DS4
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.
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.