Citroën DS2

After the Revolte concept, which got people talking of the prospect of a new 2CV, Citroën has decided to make a production version, naming it the DS2, as part of its new premium range that borrows its designation from that most sacred of cars.

I don’t know what to make of this. If I’m not mistaken, I read somewhere that the Revolte concept, apart from the silly-sounding name in English, was tailored toward a more feminine crowd. However, if the DS3 is a premium parallel of the C3, then it stands to reason that the DS2 has a correspondence to the C2, which doesn’t add up. The C2 is openly intended to be the so-called “boy racer’s” (i.e., street thug’s) car of choice. So logic dictates the DS2 for rich street thugs. Which is also a debatable point since street thugs with the slightest extra bit of dosh go straight for wanked-up BMWs.

But perhaps the most heated debate is the hype surrounding the car as a modern reincarnation of the Citroën 2CV. Now, in the interest of fairness, Citroën itself has never said anywhere that the Revolte was intended to be a 21st-century deuche. This was a sensationalist journalistic invention that cropped up when a teaser image showing the Revolte’s silhouette was posted on Citroën’s Facebook page, and people enthusiastically made out 2CV-style grooves in the bonnet. Of course, Citroën have done nothing to deter this idea, since all publicity is good publicity, but it might be counter-productive in the long run, when people find that this is nothing like the original 2CV.


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