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Citroën DS2

Posted in News, Upcoming cars with tags , , , on 18/11/2009 by Alexander

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.



Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 10/09/2009 by Alexander

The speculation around Citroen’s “new 2CV” is over. It’s not a new 2CV, it’s just a concept car that takes styling cues from Citroen’s old Deux Cheveux. Called the Revolte, it’s a curvy, canvas-topped hatchback, with some similarities to the C-Airplay. I think it would be fairer to say it’s more a C-Airplay pumped up on steroids than a modern 2CV. I seriously doubt it would find a niche in Citroen’s current line-up, if not the space about to be left by the saddening halt in production of the C3 Pluriel.

For something so suddenly hyped, and as mouthwatering as a new 2CV, this was a bit of a disappointment.

Thoughts on the (possible) return of the 2CV

Posted in Desirable machines, News with tags , , , , , , , on 05/09/2009 by Alexander

Autocar makes no mention of the word 2CV, calling it ‘Citroen’s mystery concept car’ and predicting it to be a new C1. Motorspain rejects out of hand that this could be a new C3 Pluriel, because the new C3 has been presented. L’Autojournal makes an interesting point, noticing the grooves on the bonnet, similar to those of that of the original 2CV.

I’ve photoshopped the original picture to see If I could get any sort of other clue:
official citroen photo_psed
Not much can be ascertained, though it looks a lot to me like a revised version of a Citroen C-Airplay.

Now I loved the C-Airplay. It was a beautiful concept car and I was saddened by the fact that it seemed a prodction version wouldn’t be made. The prospect of it being a new C3 Pluriel is also mouth-watering. The Pluriel has reached the end of its life as a production car and Citroen have announced they’ll stop making it later this year. If it is a new 2CV, there’ll be a lot of hype around it, and I just hope it lives up to it.

If you think of current retro-cool cars, the new VW Beetle, the Mini and the Fiat 500 spring to mind. The Fiat is great, a funky little car that might just save Fiat after many years of absolutely abysmal cars. The VW isn’t so cool, having aged and losing most of its shine. The Mini doesn’t really resemble the original that much and doesn’t really convince me.

The thing is, all of the above cars were originally conceived to be mass-market, super-cheap wheels for everyone. Their iconic status is due to their longevity and large sales, and car manufacturers want to cash in on that. That’s fine. But their new versions are nothing more than hideously expensive clothing accessories, driven by rich little weasels between the hippest spots in town.

The original 2CV was just like the original of these new versions: dirt-cheap, put French peasants on wheels, lasted 42 years in production and sold around 4 or 5 million units. Citroen want to cash in on this wave of retro-cool new hip young car thing, and that’s fine. I honestly do hope a new 2CV somehow escapes the fashionista market, but then again, that’s probably what it’s for.

Or is it? Citroen have unveiled the DS3, a competitor in the “premium small car segment” (i.e., the stupid rich kids niche). Will it make another car to compete with itself? Methinks not. Which really pisses me off, since it’ll mean “no, this isn’t a new 2CV”. I just hope it isn’t just another concept car, though if it is a pre-production model, my bet is it’ll be a new DS4 or DS5.

The return of another legend

Posted in Desirable machines, News with tags , , on 04/09/2009 by Alexander

Citroën have posted on their somewhat hard to find Facebook page a photograph of what could be the new incarnation of their legendary 2CV. The English automotive press have been slow to pick up on this (who knows, I might be the first), since I only have a Portuguese, a French and a Dutch page as references. Hopefully it will be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motorshow.