What does it symbolize? Pine trees? The pyramids? Birthday hats? Traffic cones? Mountains? A military insignia? Even though French automaker Citroën left the United States in the 1970s, it’s a company with a history as fascinating and bizarre as some of its cars—and the origin story behind its double chevron logo is…
La voiture des gens.
Car enthusiasts love to talk about “purity.” Stability control? For wimps. Massaging seats? Perverse! By that logic driving a 1949 Citroën Traction Avant 15, so manual that you set the engine timing while rolling, was the closest thing to real driving I’d ever done. It was stressful, painful and wonderful.
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Kris Meeke had to retire from the World Rally Championship’s Rallye Monte Carlo for an incredibly stupid reason: his Citroën C3 WRC got hit by another car when it wasn’t even racing, reports Autosport. This is Meeke’s second crash of the weekend after breaking his suspension Friday after skidding off the road.
It’s going to be a slow ride in parts of the World Rally Championship’s Rallye Monte Carlo this year, with recce videos showing nice, fast dry sections interrupted by sheets of straight-up ice. Fun!
In what might just be the Frenchest tweet possible for an automaker, Citroën is wishing the world a happy “International Orgasm Day,” and illustrating that with a Cactus shaking, suggesting that either the novel CUV is ready for clitoral stimulation via vibration, or perhaps that the car itself is experiencing an…
I know there’s really gifted Lego-builders out there, but I admit, I’m fallible, and sometimes forget just how good some of these builders are. Then I see something like this Citroën 2CV made of studless Legos and it’s like getting slapped in the face with a bag of clanky, pointy Legos. Holy crap, is this thing…
McLaren wasn’t the only company to give a three-seater layout a try. Sadly, the 2001 Citroën Osée by Pininfarina never made it from concept to production.
Come hang out with the 2001 Citroën C-Crosser concept! It’s full of cool people... people who are cool.... and not... aliens living in human suits. Promise.
A pastel patina-covered Citroën DS, hiding in the shade.
Maybe you have some fond memories of tearing up a backroad somewhere, feeling really good about yourself and your control. Nah. Watch this 2017 Citroën World Rally Championship test car smear shame on your idea of fast.
Northern Irish Citroën Racing World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke just crushed Rally Finland with the fastest ever win there. So, imagine his annoyance when Volkswagen team principal/whiner-in-chief Jost Capito says that Meeke can’t be happy with that win. Dude, what?
Even the kids in Citroën’s press images are cool. This kid posing on a giant donut next to the new C3 airbumps is more rad than any of us could ever hope to be.
Have you ever stared at an ornamental cactus on your desk and thought to yourself, “Sure, I’d drive that?” Stare no longer. Now you can have a little cactus for a car in the form of Citroën’s new Cactus-airbump-clad C3.
Good Morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
Who flies better, the helicopter or the Citroën of World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke and codriver Paul Nagle? Meeke flew to his second ever WRC win and Citroën’s 95th WRC win at Rally Portugal, so I’m inclined to pick the car here.
Citroën Racing is busy developing its 2017 World Rally Car in the south of Portugal. The prototype DS 3 WRC is powered by the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC car’s engine, and we want to have a go in it right now.
From 1991 through 1998, the automotive world may have peaked.
Good news: Citroën, the French maker of forbidden fruit for us Americans, has revived the C6 nameplate for a new sedan. Bad news: unlike the last C6, which was weird and magical and smooth as hell to drive, this new car approaches Passat levels of boring.