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Citroen C4 – The Bubble-Wrapped Car

Air Bumps offer ding and dent resistance for urban drivers.

by on Mar.05, 2014

The Citroen C4 Cactus features air bumps on the doors and bumper designed to cut down on dents.

We’ve long been fans of the eccentric French auto industry, a nation that can replace the traditional brake pedal with a button called the champignon, or mushroom, or proudly fall in love with a car whose name, the 2CV, roughly translates into “two horses.”

There are models with names like the Renault Twingo and Twizzy, and some of the most distinctive, if not off-the-wall, designs we have seen short of the concept cars at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show. And once again, the French are pushing the envelope with the new Citroen C4 Cactus. But despite what the name might suggest, there are no pricks on the outside of these cars.

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In line with the French maker’s “Creative Technology” mandate, both the front and rear door panels of the Cactus, as well as the back bumper, are, instead, covered with a material that looks almost like oversized bubble wrap. (more…)

Citroen Rebuilds Brand With New DS Line

From stodgy to stylish.

by on Oct.07, 2010

The DS4 is the latest entry into Citroen's new brand-within-a-brand.

Few cars are more emblematic of quirky French design than the classic Citroen DS9.  Its sweeping curves predated by decades the coupe-like sedan styling that has become so popular today, and was echoed in the unusual technology within, such as the car’s hydraulic suspension and “champignon,” or mushroom-like brake button.

But these days, Citroen has earned, if anything, a reputation for stodgy, uninspired styling, as well as an assortment of quality issues that have led to a steady decline in sales and share.  Until recently, anyway.

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With the introduction of the new DS4, at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the French maker hopes to continue building momentum started with the earlier launch of its small DS4, the first in what is expected to be a new brand-within-a-brand targeting a decidedly more hip, affluent and youthful buyer than the typical Citroen customer.