Official: Citroën Cactus Concept revealed, production version caught testing

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Citroen Cactus ConceptCitroen Cactus spy shots

After dropping a teaser on us last week, Citroën has released a full gallery of images for its forthcoming Cactus Concept (above) along with a short press release stating that this is “more than a concept car.” Proving that there is production potential for this Frankfurt Motor Show concept, our spy shooters have managed to catch what looks like the C-segment crossover already out testing in production trim (inset) as an added bonus.

The concept’s “airbumps” and floating roof obviously aren’t carrying over to the production model, but other elements of the crossover seem to be close to what customers will see in showrooms. From the outside, we can see the vehicle in the spy shots will have a similar overall shape, but the unique four-spoke wheels have been replaced by a more mass-audience-friendly eight-spoke setup. One of the more interesting aspects in comparing both the prototype and the concept is the front end. The production version seems to have a more conventional headlight design, but looking more closely reveals there is something covered by the extensive camouflage above the headlights, a hidden detail which matches what we see on the concept.

We don’t have any spy shots of the cabin, but as concept cars go, the interior of the Cactus isn’t all that far fetched. We would expect to see changes to the display screen, steering wheel and seat designs, but the cabin’s overall look probably won’t stray too far from the concept. Citroën’s press release for the concept, which is posted below, promises a hybrid powertrain, so that might also be headed for production.

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Citroen Cactus ConceptCitroen Cactus spy shots

After dropping a teaser on us last week, Citroën has released a full gallery of images for its forthcoming Cactus Concept (above) along with a short press release stating that this is “more than a concept car.” Proving that there is production potential for this Frankfurt Motor Show concept, our spy shooters have managed to catch what looks like the C-segment crossover already out testing in production trim (inset) as an added bonus.

The concept’s “airbumps” and floating roof obviously aren’t carrying over to the production model, but other elements of the crossover seem to be close to what customers will see in showrooms. From the outside, we can see the vehicle in the spy shots will have a similar overall shape, but the unique four-spoke wheels have been replaced by a more mass-audience-friendly eight-spoke setup. One of the more interesting aspects in comparing both the prototype and the concept is the front end. The production version seems to have a more conventional headlight design, but looking more closely reveals there is something covered by the extensive camouflage above the headlights, a hidden detail which matches what we see on the concept.

We don’t have any spy shots of the cabin, but as concept cars go, the interior of the Cactus isn’t all that far fetched. We would expect to see changes to the display screen, steering wheel and seat designs, but the cabin’s overall look probably won’t stray too far from the concept. Citroën’s press release for the concept, which is posted below, promises a hybrid powertrain, so that might also be headed for production.

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Official: Citroën to campaign World Touring Car C-Elysée with Sebastian Loeb

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Motorsports, Citroën, Racing

2014 Citroën C-Elysee WTCC front three-quarter

Citroën has released the first images of its latest racecar, the C-Elysee, which will be contested by Sebastien Loeb in the World Touring Car Championship next year. Based on the C-Elysee sedan, a model first shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the WTCC variant has been designed for the new regulations set to be imposed by the FIA.

The C-Elysee is offered with a range of low-powered gas and diesel engines, but the WTCC model gets a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 380 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed sequential gearbox from Sadev sends power to the front wheels through a twin-disk, carbon-fiber clutch. Hopefully all this potential won’t result in any shenanigans this season.

The roster for next season is far from finalized, although Honda will be contesting the championship with its Civic WTCC.The C-Elysee WTCC will make its race debut with Sebastien Loeb at the wheel when the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship starts, likely around the end of March 2014. Citroën will also be showing its new racer at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Report: Citroen to follow Fiat’s lead with DS3 Airflow convertible [w/poll]

Filed under: Convertible, Europe, Citroën

Citroen DS3

Citroën DS3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Citroën has come a long way with its revived DS line of premium offerings. What started with the basic DS3 hatchback has since grown to include the DS3 Racing hot hatch, the DS3 R3 and DS3 WRC rally machines; the DS4 crossover, and the new DS5. Now it seems a convertible is on the way as well.

Tentatively dubbed as the DS3 Airflow, the rumored convertible will apparently follow a similar approach to that taken by Fiat with the 500C. Look for a retractable fabric roof panel that will retain the pillars and door frames, in effect bridging the gap between a full convertible and a large sunroof. The advantage is a more cost-effective development cycle and superior handling, retaining much of the body’s rigidity while offering open-air driving. For our part, we’re interested to see what Citroën’s designers do with the car’s slick B-pillar treatment once the top drops. (Ben Walsh, we’re looking at you.)

European reports say the DS3 Airflow will launch in the spring of 2013. Of course, unlike Fiat, which has finally made a splashy return to North America, Citroën seems content to stay on its side of the Atlantic. Think it’s time for the French automaker to come back so we can sample cars like the reborn DS range? Cast your vote in the poll after the jump.

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Citroën DS5 revealed in Shanghai [w/video]

Filed under: Hybrid, Wagon, Europe, Videos, Hatchback, Citroën, Shanghai Motor Show, Design/Style, Diesel

Citroen DS5

Citroën DS5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Citroën has taken the digital wraps off of its upcoming DS5 as part of its debut at this week’s Shanghai Motor Show, and from the looks of things, the new model is about as sexy as a small wagon/hatch can be. There’s plenty of influence from the smaller DS3 thanks to an aggressively swept nose and curvaceous flanks, though expect to find a lot more interior room on board. The new production Citroën takes dead aim at manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, albeit with a uniquely French sensibility.

Technically, the DS5 is based on the Peugeot 508 platform, which means that the Citroën will likely inherit some of that sedan’s favorable driving characteristics. Drivetrain options are still up in the air at the moment, though word has it that buyers will be able to get their hands on a hybrid version once the car sees showrooms. In that guise, the wagon will boast around 200 horsepower thanks to a diesel engine up front and an electric motor out back.

Hit the jump to check out the full video unveil and to check out the official press release. Thanks for the tip, Walter!

Gallery: Citroen DS5

[Source: Citroën via Autoblog.it]

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Citroën to launch new DS5 in Shanghai, on Facebook

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Citroen DS5 teaser

With the DS3 hatchback already on the market and the DS4 crossover soon to reach dealers, Citroën has confirmed plans to launch the next model in its premium lineup next week at the Shanghai Motor Show.

We don’t know much about the DS5 at this point, except to assume that it’s likely based on the C5. Bearing in mind that the three-door DS3 is based on the five-door C3, and that the DS4 crossover is based on the C4 hatchback, there’s no telling what body-style the DS5 will carry on the back of the C5 sedan. Given the latest industry trends, we’re probably looking at a four-door coupe or five-door slant-back.

The car will be launched simultaneously with the Shanghai show floor debut on the French automaker’s Facebook page.

[Source: Citroën]

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Video: Citroën shows us what to do when you wish your car was fully loaded

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Citroën, Humor

Citroen video

Citroën’s “fully loaded” ad spot – Click above to watch the video after the jump

We’ve seen some amusing videos over the years here at Autoblog, many of which have taken the form of clever advertisements. This latest one comes from French automaker Citroën, and as far as humorous ads go, this is quickly becoming one of our favorites.

In the video after the jump, Citroën humorously imagines what it must be like for someone driving a bare-bones car while wishing he was driving something newer with all the bells and whistles. You know, stuff like power windows, sat-nav, a stereo, keyless entry… all the things we’d take for granted on a new car. Click past the jump to watch, and trust us, it’ll put a smile on your face.

[Source: YouTube via rpmgo.com]

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Citroën goes for extra style points with DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection

Filed under: Europe, Hatchback, Citroën, Design/Style

Citroën DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection

Citroën DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection – Click above for high-res image gallery

It’s French. It’s compact. It’s stylish. And it’s hard to get more chic than the Citroën DS3. Does it really need an extra touch of style, then, from a fashion designer? Probably not, but that’s never stopped the Parisians before, and it’s not about to now.

And so Citroën has teamed up with Orla Kiely for a limited-edition collection of DS3 hatchbacks. Only 500 examples of the four different models will be offered. Each painted in one of four different colors with four different roof designs that feature Orla Kiely’s signature stem or acorn design – a theme which repeats in the interior and on the rear tailgate. There’s also contrasting door mirror shells and 17-inch alloys in either white or black depending on the design.

Follow the jump for details and browse through the images in the gallery below for a closer look.

Gallery: Citroen DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection

[Source: Citroën]

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Francoise Nielly does the ‘art car’ thing on Citroën’s Survolt concept

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Europe, Citroën, Design/Style, Electric

Citroën Survolt Francoise Nielly

Citroën Survolt Art Car by Francoise Nielly – Click above for high-res image gallery

As if the Citroën Survolt didn’t have creative enough a color scheme going on as it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the French automaker has offered up the diminutive, conceptual electric sportscar as a canvas for an even more colorful interpretation.

A collaboration between Citroën and French artist Francoise Nielly, the resprayed Survolt just may be expressive enough to give all those BMW art cars a run for their money. The one-of-a-kind vehicle is set to displayed at C42, Citroën’s flagship showroom on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, but if your Air France frequent flier miles isn’t up to the job just yet, you can take the shorter trip to our own gallery below for a closer look.

Gallery: Citroen Survolt Art Car by Francoise Nielly

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Paris 2010: Citroën Lacoste Concept is a fashion buggy for the white belt set

Filed under: Concept Cars, Paris Motor Show, Citroën, Specialty

Citroen Lacoste Concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Citroën Lacoste Concept – Click above for a high-res image gallery

This is the Citroën Lacoste concept, which the automaker describes as “an emblem for a state-of-mind” – that particular mental state probably including sun, sand, bikinis and Speedos. The open buggy-like four-seater with floating headrests is the opposite of “always more,” powered by a three-cylinder engine that will make its pace as relaxed as its occupants.

Fashion and four-wheelers combine all around, with the golf-ball wheels outside and bench seats with a polo-shirt-like weave inside. The dash that’s as wide as the car goes in another direction entirely, with readouts in giant pixels popping up and running along its length akin to a Times Square news ticker. And although we probably won’t see it on the roads beaches soon, there is a chance we could see it or something like it: Frédéric Banzet, managing director of Citroën, has said he’d like to bring it to production. Ok then.

Gallery: Paris 2010: Citroen Lacoste Concept

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