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27 April 13 @ 03:15 PM
Citroën CX Survival Guide - Part 2
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In addition to this article, the Citroën CX Survival Guide - Part 1 has been updated. Please see that article for new information.
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.
Posted by: carcynic on 27 April 13 @ 03:15 PM EST [Article Anchor]
21 April 13 @ 06:17 PM
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)
Posted by: carcynic on 21 April 13 @ 06:17 PM EST [Article Anchor]
14 March 13 @ 11:03 PM
Holy Citroën! It's the Popemobile!
With all the news about the newly elected pope, a few things caught my attention.
Citroën makes a big deal out of it's cars' associations with famous people, including Popes. In a despicable attempt to capitalize on the Papal election (You know, kinda like this article), a currently running advert shows Citroën Engineers "cleaning up" the black smoke emanating from the Sistine Chapel. Frankly it's an ad that is stupid on so many levels that I don't have time to cover it here.
Image from Citroen Advertisement
In another advert, this one from 2009, the 1970's Citroën Popemobile -- A fantastic car based on a lengthened, convertible Citroën SM is shown briefly.
Posted by: carcynic on 14 March 13 @ 11:03 PM EST [Article Anchor]
08 March 13 @ 11:52 PM
Safety Tip Presentation: Vehicle Lighting
Adapted from a “Safety Tip” presented to a group of NASA engineers, 2011.
Due to the high Integral of Danger associated with driving, discussion of a seemingly minor aspect of motoring can be more important than other safety topics that may initially appear to us as more dangerous or threatening.
Learning about vehicle lighting may help us understand and react correctly in a split-second driving situation. It will also help us make rational decisions about vehicle purchases that may someday help protect both ourselves as drivers, and our passengers.
Vehicle lighting is controlled by Federal Law. Why bother having federal laws for the lights on our cars? Because lighting really makes a difference in traffic situations.
That said, US vehicle safety laws have, in some cases, fallen behind European law. In some cases, current US law is simply incorrect.
Posted by: carcynic on 08 March 13 @ 11:52 PM EST [Article Anchor]
21 February 13 @ 11:34 PM
Today (Feb 22) is Robert Opron's birthday.
Robert Opron may not be a celebrity in the sense that Beyoncé is a celebrity. In fact, it is quite safe to say that Robert Opron bears little resemblance at all to Beyoncé. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure he's OK with me saying that.
But to owners and enthusiasts of the Citroën DS, SM, GS, or CX, along with several other famous cars, he is just as much or more of a celebrity. If you are at all in to design (of pretty much anything) Robert Opron should be a celebrity to you, too.
Posted by: carcynic on 21 February 13 @ 11:34 PM EST [Article Anchor]
12 February 13 @ 08:47 PM
The Car I Learned About Today: The 2014- Fiat 500L
Photo: Fiat USA
The Car I Learned About Today: 2014 - Fiat 500L
Here in Florida, we are always worried about what the coming summer will bring us. Tropical Storms... Oppressive Heat... Mosquitoes...
This year, summer's also scheduled to bring us the new 4 Door Fiat 500L.
Posted by: carcynic on 12 February 13 @ 08:47 PM EST [Article Anchor]
More Cynicism Awaits: Previous Articles 07 February 13 @ 09:22 PM
The Peugeot Citroën Air-Powered Hybrid: Why is this Different Than "Miracle Cars" of the Past?
Photo: PSA Peugeot Citroen
I've seen it before. The 100 MPG Carburettor. The Car that runs on Water. Buses that run on "Learium", and yes, cars that run on Air.
In some cases, by "seen it before", I mean in Popular Science Magazine. In some cases, I mean in person. A guy in South Florida once showed me a car (a Chevy Impala, as I recall) that ran on water -- Well, water and some electricity. He towed around a trailer with a large, vertical tank on it. At night, it would make Hydrogen and Oxygen by electrolysis of water while plugged into the electric socket. The gaseous Hydrogen was fed into a modified carburettor, and the Oxygen was allowed to escape. With an all-night "charge", He could drive a few dozen miles. Efficient? No. Clever? Perhaps. Potentially Explosive? Definitely.
So what is it about the PSA Peugeot Citroën Air Hybrid that makes it different?
Posted by: carcynic on 07 February 13 @ 09:22 PM EST [Article Anchor]
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