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Frankly, we were pretty harsh on it. We were especially disappointed with the fake (non-functional) trim controls, and it's overall flying characteristics. But we are not ones to leave well enough alone. Whether or not it's broken, we'll "fix" it. So I whipped out my trusty Swiss Army Knife and dissected my X4. Read on to see my modifications, and the results....
Vive le CX, or Maybe the C6, or Maybe the DS9 or...
When Citroën stopped making the CX in 1991, it was "replaced" with the Citroën XM. but the XM wasn't a CX. While it was a fairly large executive car (at least for Europe), the XM was not as long or as prestigious as a CX -- especially a CX Prestige. It may have checked the "Executive Car" box, it never did replace the CX -- Not in sales figures or in the minds of Citronistas like myself.
Even typical Citroën haters (such as Mr Jeremy Clarkson) had kind words for the CX. Presidents (and dictators) cherished them. So did music stars. Producers and Directors filmed them.
People still compare the Citroën CX to a spaceship, aircraft, or car of the future.
It was not until 2005 that the Citroën CX (sort of) came back. It wasn't called the CX, it was given a name that sounded similar, but was in line with Citroën's naming convention of the time - C6. The long bonnet (hood), the curved rear glass, and the overall look were clearly reminiscent of the CX.
Citroën C6 (Photo:Wikimedia User: S 400 HYBRID)
The C6 carried forth some of the CX's style, but sadly it never carried forth the CX's multi-million unit sales figures. It was expensive to buy and expensive to operate, and really did not offer any advantages over the more practical Citroën C5. If you wanted the luxury of the C6, and the ride of the Hydractive suspension, just order a C5, and pile on the options. You can still do this today.
But today, Citroën's Pierre Monferrini (DS5 Project Manager, and now head of the "C" Line) confirmed that another big Citroën -- another incarnation of the CX, in my terms -- is in the works. More than that, he was referring to a real production car, not a prototype or concept, although which markets it will be sold in was not specified. He also declined to reveal a name. By C-Line they are referring to Citroen's new "C-hyphen-something" line, like the also recently announced C-Elysee or C-Catctus. Perhaps the name will show its CX lineage -- "C-Eacks"?, "C-Axe"? Or maybe a nod to the C6: "C-Sicks"? Perhaps Latin - "C-Sex"? or Late Egyptian - "C-Sa'w"?
Whatever it's name, the chances of it being sold in the US are somewhere south of nil, but at least the legacy of my old CX Prestige Turbo II will live on.
Posted by: carcynic on 25 September 13 @ 08:02 PM EST
09 September 13 @ 03:11 PM
The (not a) Car I Learned about Today: The Air Hogs X4 “Stunt” Toy Quadcopter
Classic Beetle Air-cooled Engine Photo listed as "Free to use, Even Commercially"
The Original (Type 1) Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most iconic cars ever built. Even just taken by itself, and not counting derivative vehicles such as the similarly iconic VW Bus, it was produced in larger numbers than any other vehicle platform. Regular readers may point the "Citroën Bias" finger at me again, but the same can be said of the Citroen 2CV. It's iconic, and it was produced in the millions.
What else do these cars have in common? They were both air-cooled.
The CX Survival Guide is continued with more information about getting parts for our favorite French Techno-Marvels here in the USA. This edition has some more common maintenance parts such as fuel filters and oil filters.
Yes, You can by a new Citroën in the United States
Notice I did not say you should, but you can -- In fact, you can buy several different models.
Today, no car maker is an island. Parts come from common suppliers, engines are developed by joint ventures, and cars are built on other manufacturer’s productions lines.
Citroën, Europe's 2nd largest car manufacture, is no exception to such practices. It is for this reason that you can buy several current Citroën models today in the US. Of course, you still can't go to a Citroën dealer in the US, and the car you buy won't have Citroën badging, but with the exception of some trim pieces, and a very few other changes, it will be identical to Citroën models sold in Europe.
Photos from respective companies' websites. Mitshubishi i-MiEV (left) and Citroën C-Zero (right)