Posts Tagged ‘citroen’

It was all looking so good for the double chrevrons lately. The new DS line is stying up nicely, the Picasso Spacebox thing looks like an awesomely angular beast and they’ve now designed a supercar too. Then I got an invitiation to head to Uckfield to see the Citroen Nemo Multispace.

Knowing that they’re doing quite well with MPVs lately I was both surprised they needed another one and curious as to the name and looks. I wasn’t expecting a clown fish but then again I was expecting something better looking than what I saw. It’s another one of their MPVs based on the van of the same name – they did it with the Berlingo – and looks like the Fiat Qubo too. It also looks a little less than tasty.new citroen nemo

With so many people-carriers and mpvs out there now, I would like to think that if they really want this market they’d come up with something with a bit more flair. They’re obviously capable, have been since back in the days of the original DS, so why, in such a saturated market – give us something looks exactly what it is – a van with extra seats and windows.

Yes, there’s practicality but does it need to come at the sacrifice of style? If you need the space you’d get a van, right, if you’re after the extra seating side you’d get the Picasso Spacebox or something else that looked good too.

Would you want this parked on the drive? To be honest I’d park it round the block. Hopefully it’s a stop-gap effort and the last gasp before the newer flashy styling kicks in full swing. I just see it as bland and almost, well – I hate t0 say it, lazy.

The last few  I’ve seen and test-driven (having owned one a few years ago you get the invites) have been very nice and inspiring. I didn’t even want to take this Citroen round Sussex, no matter how nice a day it was. No offence meant guys but sharpen it up – literally.

Not so long ago I mentioned that I was suffering that rare condition of anticipation over a new Citroen. Yes, it’s a rare thing but it was because the French chevrons looked like they were going to be attached to a car bearing the DS name again. 

Well, they’ve done it again – Citroen have unveiled another car I’m looking forward to seeing on the roads and may actually consider buying. 

citroen c3

It’s the new C3 revealed ahead of the Frankfurt motor show and shares some of the same lines of the DS concept I showed recently, especially around the lights. This may mean that the next C4 and C1 also adopt similar lines as Citroen’s cars have had a similar look for sometime now across the range. 

It’s due to hit the roads later this year with a coupe following in 2010 and a convertible rumoured for 2011. I’m looking forward to the coupe though and hope it’s as dramatic looking as the C4 coupe. 

Another mid-range car that’ll look great and stand out from the pack, the more unique styling manufacturers develop the better if you ask me. Shame the Americans don’t get Citroens as this, to me, looks like it’d be at home in the bigger cities.

Dylan may have started it but now everybody’s going electric including the auto makers. The latest to make a push for the plug is Mitsubishi with this:

new mitsubishi

It’s the new Mitsubishi MiEV and it’s possibly the most normal-looking attempt at a hybrid or plug-in to roll of a production line – though I’m not saying it’s a real good looker. Very much of the Smart school of styling I think. 

The MiEV is part of the company’s plans to move away from the SUV market and into more economy-friendly demographics. It’s launching this year and may well see sale in Europe as a Citroen Re-Volt (not too sure the French have a great history with revolts) and the Peugeot 1001. We shall see.

While it’s certainly a funky little thing (I’m not going to get into the plug-in argument) the question is: would you drive one??