If Citroen Hadn’t Sold Out...

Let’s pretend for a second that PSA doesn’t exist, and that Citroen is an independent manufacturer with strong French views about how to make cars and what they should be, feel and look like. What would they have ended up making? Well, Janne Nummela, a young and talented Finnish car designer gives us a glimpse with a very interesting concept.
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Photo: Janne Nummela
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The idea behind this car is keeping the Citroen tradition and philosophy alive, while also improving it, slightly. It was designed as the flagship of the range, featuring a very smooth six-cylinder twin-turbocharged boxer engine, which aside from powering the car through a smooth automatic gearbox, also operated a hydraulic pump which drove the hydropneumatic suspension and the brakes.

The design is clearly Citroen-esque, with the ultra-tapered rear end, covered rear wheels and sleek aerodynamic profile. Inside the car, the one-prong steering wheel is kept, but brought up to date, with leather cladding and a modern design. The cabin itself would have been sumptuous, soft and comfortable, which is what all Citroens should have been like, even after the PSA merger...

Sadly, this car is just an idea, and no matter how good it may be, Citroen has moved so far away from their original core values that nothing even remotely similar will ever be built. . . Nothing they make these days, aside from the C6, can be called a proper Citroen.
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