Citroën and its strenght: Family Cars

One thing is certain, carmaker Citroën has given us some spectacular and avantgarde car designs over the years. Starting with the the iconic Citroën 2CV and the Citroën DS from 1955 to many more innovative and even futuristic designs. Now in present days Citroën sticks to its methods and presents us yet another unique car, the Citroën C4 Cactus, a car for you and your family to enjoy at the fullest.

Cactus Family Car

Although the name might mislead you this car will probably be found amongst others of his class mostly on the supermarket parking space. Its iconic “airbumps” the plastic panels fixed to the doors sides serve as a protection againts for example supermarket shopping carts that have gone out of control. One thing is for certain this car surely is a head-turner and we will probably see equally many amazed and annoyed people by it. It comes with a “funky” looking inside, smart touch and seats that make you feel like at home on your couch.

Catching anyones attention are probably the outside bumps but more than that the cost at which this car is running and its innovations are what make it even more amazing. For example it does come with a roof mounted passenger airbag, in order to have a very competitive price the inside is kept simple. Some parts such as sun blinds and electric seats are left out in order to achieve this price and save weight. A panoramic glass roof can be purchased additonaly. Due to its light weight (200kg less than an equal C4) it should save you roughly 20pc compared to similar family cars from other car brands.

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Having tested the Cactus with and 1.6 litre engine (Diesel) it is supposed to need about 3.1 litres per 100 km and have a CO2 emission of only 89g/km. Prices for this jewel start at roughlty 18,000 Euro and go up to about 24,000 Euro ranging in engines power and equipment.

Being on the road the suspension makes you feel very at ease soaking up most of the big bumps and steering feels light and easy. Due to its body however wind and noise can be a bit up at times and be a bother. All in all Citroën has managed to create a stylish and innovative family car and surely not only people here in the United Kingdom but all over the world will like it. Soon we will see the Cactus all over the world, in the USA families and their pets, in Mexico familias and their Maskota and in France la famille and its animal de compagnie will be making tours in its brand new  Citroën Cactus C4.

Back on the Road: Citroën C4 Cactus Flair BlueHDi 100 , a review of this interesting car.

First thing that grabs your attention when looking at the Citroen Cactus are its sides that are covered by rubber panels that can be switched out and exchanged are commonly are called “air bumps”. These panels are not only a design clue but are also supposed to reduce accidents and the harm done by such. Being compact it does not have a four Wheel drive and is not equiped for “off road” tours. I would more put it in the city/family car section. By buying a Citroen Cactus you will definitely have the attention on your city making your daily tours in the city or during a trip to the countryside. Turning on your stereo in the car at a higher volumen the rubber panels are vibrating to the music which is a funny thing and one cannot be really sure if this is meant to be or just happens.

Citroen-Cactus Flair

Inside the car, control san control center are handled intuitively and without any big obstacles, the SatNavigation is a bit slower than usual and could interfere with your cel. Steering through the gears it went very smoothly, while the acceleration is not a highlight in the car manual it states “0-62mph in 10.6”, however driving mainly in urban áreas it never feels out of place or not fast enough. Even its relativily slow top speed of 114mph does not really bother you. It fulfills its purpose splendidly.

You can choose from various ranges with certain distinctions. For example model Flair has an front arm rest which gives direct Access to the parking brake. The interior is very original including a panoramic skylight, automatic air-con, lights and wipers.

Looking at the exterior, excluding the air bumpers we have already discussed at lenght previously, looks very nice. It is a mix between square and elegant with tinted back Windows, a slightly aggressive nose and elegant lights. A nice car for the youhgsters of today.

 

 

 

 

 

The race has begun: Citroen is building a brand new WRC C3 for the Rally World Cup in 2017

Before the Rally in Monte Carlo the next year Citroen want to be finished building and introducing its new Citroen C3 Rally Car for the World Cup. Testing is supposed to begin at the end of April in about a few weeks time.

Having data of many parts from the Citroen DS3 and other previous World Rally Cars this will then be the first time all parts are put together and we will see how that works out and to what extend everything will play together. Chances that everything works at once are probably very low and replacing parts (“fix” them) can probably tke several month so the timeline will be very tight for the french automobile manufacturer. The longest to fix will probably the engine so that one should be perfectly integrated from the beginning and other things probably adjunted around it. Building a brand new car has the advantage to create a way better and more competitive automobile but then it is way trickier as you can not get back to research data and experience from previous studies.

Citroen C3 WRC

Should Citroen not finish until the Rally Monte Carlo which is sheduled for January 2017 they are left with two choices, either start with an unfinished car which they have to “improve” throughout the season or they will finish the car before taking on any serious competition in 2017 and skip Monte Carlo. With all the testing that is supposed to begin and everything ahead it might just be a tight race for them.

Looking at the companies history it becomes evident that Citroen had quite some success in the rally sport in the past years. In 2007 the Citroen C4 WRC in its debut won first place, in 2011 the DS3 WRC won its second event on the tour and the Citroen Xsara in 2001 won after only 4 events. In order to focus on the future and the new car in progress there will be no Citroen Factory Team in 2016 to come back strongly in 2017 with the all new Citroen C3 WRC.

Whats it worth — Cash for your old and used car

The car industry has a new favourite Word – Scappage. Scrappage is a new developed sheme in which car owners that have cars older than nine years can bring their old ones to a recycling plant and receive a lumb sum of 2,000 british pounds in the purchase of any new car they are acquiring at a car dealer. Sounds like a great deal for car owners, the environment, recycling plants and automobile dealerships … or maybe not?

First of all you have to be aware of that shemes such as this are already outrolled in many other countries so that you can use their examples as comparison and reasearch. Results showed that car sales increased and hereby the economy was boosted. Employment in car factories and automobile dealerships was maintained and the environment benefitiated from fewer cars with a high pollution on the road. Looking at these results it seems like there is no other decisión than implementing the same for the United Kingdom.

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The person in charge for this change and the implementation of such a deal is Lord Mandelson, known for its numerous comebacks, and if implemented 500 million pound would be available for this sheme. However there is a slight knot no one seems to have noticed. In reality cars produced in the UK are made for other people/countries. There is not really a big exisiting british car industry. Round about 86 % of all cars bought in Britain have been imported ad roughly 76% of all cars made over here are being exported.

Taking the observations of such shemes in other countries it becomes obvious that most people buy highly fuel – efficient cars for their 2,000 pounds of reimbursement. Those types are not being produced here in the UK. Only two cars fabricated in Britain fall into this category and they are Nissan Micra and MINI. Together they account for only 4 % of the british market. As a result this means that about 96% of the money from the shemes goes into “subsidizing” foreign car companies and factories that do no even opérate inside the UK but have their plants outside England. The German scrappage sheme has around 65% of the vehicles subsidized produced in Germany. In France its 62%.

Whereas factories in Britain would not benefit a lot it could help the dealerships on homesoil, though they usually offer discounts of more than the amount of 2,000 pound so the market has not really experienced a big “kick start”. Probably for the dealers this 2,000 pound will not really make a difference. If they offer to take back and old Land Rover and give a discount of 7,500 pound for a new one and this does not work and extra 2,000 pound from the government will probably not make the decisive difference.

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Looking at the ecological advantages off such a sheme, old high polution car that have to be removed for new shiny and highly fuel efficient cars come to mind. However looking at carbón outpost it becomes obvious that the amount of carbón produced by the mere production of a brand new car outweights whatever benefits earned. So actually taking your car from the road after only nine years is fatal when it comes to ecological aspects. Renown Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation is off the opinión that an ideal tradeoff for the environment would be to drive your car for 18 years and then Exchange it for a new one. Although he also notes that for some “high pollution cars” even after nine years a scrappage can be useful but under no circumstance there should be a “one size fits all solution”. Scrapping a nine year old Citroen Saxo in order to receive 2,000 pound reimbursement on your brand new 5 litre VW Touareg is surely not what the inventors of the sheme had in mind.

The public, believing polls and the car industry in the United Kingdom are in favor of the act and asking any person if they would like a discount of 2,000 pound for their new car returning their old one most definitely they will say yes althoug maybe they cannot even afford a car at that moment.

The question at last is if scrappage really is a valid solution? In order to so you need to focus more on the problem you want to solve. What is it…car sales? …. The environment? ….old vehicles that pollute the environment? …. Or maybe even the authorities trying to implement a new policy for popularity but little sense? One thing is certain, that time will show and tell.

Discovering perfect prices for the Citroen DS3

From all models the car manufacturer Citroen is producing the Citroen DS3 in probably one of the most popular ones being very reliable and stylish at the same time it makes a great car for anyone. Using this car that is the perfect fit for many people we will show how to find best prices for it.

As many of you know it can be a pain to find good prices, sometimes the search can take day, weeks ore ven month until you find a satisifying offer but then it can also only be a matter of minutes or hours until you are successfull. Instead of stressing yourself to an almost nervous breakdown try and find other means to look for a reasonable and good price.

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Today instead of driving around from car dealer to car dealer, which can be a tiring and unpleasant experience, you can start your search on the internet. Put yoursef in front of the keyboard and start your search instead of making your way to every car dealership that is in your área.

Popular pages such as oneswoop.com let your compare car prices browse through all available models, make adjustments, look for specific details and offer a load of free services. Looking for the Citroen DS3 automatically entering the page you will be shown deals and special offers. Also you can switch any detail such as style, body and many more in special functions ore ven search for a completely different car.

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Having completed your thorough research you will then see a list with all cars matching your criterios and you can order your list by prices, distance to your home and many more features. This allows for a very cutomized search based on your special needs. You can then get in touch with the seller, a dealership or private person and ask for test drives and a visit. Although there is already a price for the car you can still negotiate terms and discounts.

Even though you currently are not looking for a car all this information can be very useful and you can keep yourself up to date on the current market situation of cars for the time when you actually want to buy a new/or used car. Being prepared and up to date is the first important step towards finding a great price for your new car.

The story of a used Citroen 2cv (deux chevaux vapeur)

In 1948 the first Citroen 2cv (2 tax horsepower) was released on the market and the line of production stayed open over 40 years until 1990. For its time the small, funny looking car war very innovative and had many techological advanced features on board. Its body and look had been inspired by the Bauhaus style.

The idea for the car was to sell it to the “peasants” in France to facilitate their change from horses and carts towards cars. Until today the Citroen 2cv is one of the most iconic cars made by Citroen and probably one of the most iconic cars in the world until today. Its design, low cost production, versatility, reliability and easiness to use were its key advantages, as well as its ability to drive off-road. Having been built for the rough countryside in France it possessed an enginge easy to service, long and soft travel suspensión and lights to shine out the road ahead of you that many times did not yet have illumination on the sides.

Having a production  lifetime of more than 40 years in total 3,872,583 Citroen 2cv were built and although there are getting rare many still drive on the roads all over the world today but especially in France. Originally the car was built for 2 persons inside and another space for merchandise (for example farm goods) of about 100kg. The speed was calculated at roughly 37mph (60km/h) along the rough and many times muddy roads in France. Considering these facts the usage of Gasoline was calculated at around 3L for every 100 kms. Due to its amazing suspensión it was also said that the little car could drive acroos a ploughed field and not break one of the eggs it was carrying in its interior.

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Over the time many special edition were sold for example the SAHARA which, which already states its name, was constructed for even more difficult terrain. However only 694 models of the SAHARA were made over time. A fun fact is that the demand was so high that at peak time a client had to wait around 3 to 5 years for its new car, many people were unwilling to do that and instead bought a used model so it happened that used Citroen 2cv became more expensive than a brand new one.

Th original Citroen 2cv was built with an air cooled flat win four stroke 375 engine which then gave the driver of the car a small 9bhp. In 1955 a bigger engine was implemented with 425cc later Citroen decided to integrate 602cc engine which resulted in 28bhp but only if the driver accelerated to 7000 rpm. Due to tax classification the car actually changed to a 3cv but Citroen decided to keep the same name for it. A big advantage of the Citroen 2cv was its easiness to start the car. In case of battery failure of the motor the car could be started with hand cranking with a jack handle. This feature was kept by Citroen until the stop of production in 1990. The 2cv is the only Citroen, apart from Pre War cars that can be bought with a hand crank.

Citroen 2cv

If you are looking for a used Citroen 2cv on the market today you can find them for prices of 350 pound (unrestored) up to 8,750 pound (restored). However, in the UK most owners hold on to their Citroen 2cv and care for it a lot. A lucrative business as a Citroen 2cv SAHARA for example can sold easily for around 62,000 pound in Europe if in perfect condition.

Speaking to a Citroen 2cv owner they will tell you that this car is easy to drive and to maintain as you only need a hammer and one spanner. Its a fun car which may have a poor performance for todays measures but with a bit of expertise and passion for the car you can easily flow within todays traffic and you dont have to fear any speed bumps ever again. Another benefit is that you can change its colour and redesign and remodelate it from your own garage.

 

Classic Car – Era Of Change

Cars that have been manufactured before 1959 are most commonly called classic cars, however an exact definition is complicated as it a highly subjective matter because almost every car manufacturing Company has a different idea and definition for it, so do magazines, car clubs and associations all over the world. In general most cars that are old are considered to be some kind of classic by the general public.

One definition of the classic car is that it is build after the Great Depression in 1929 until the 70s when the era of modern cars emerged. You can generally distinguish them between pre and post world war 2.

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In the beginning before World War 2 cars with fenders and enclosed structures were very popular, a few years later car with trunks, storage and a sedan body  very among the most sold and produced. Ending this era of classic cars some popular models such as touring cars and phaetons got used and produced less and less.

The look of cars changed and V12 monocoque, flat-headed V8 engines, front Wheel transmission, specialized parts and other parts such as running boards and arms and headlights found its way into the car and paved the way for the new look of the classic car. During that time many car manufacturers went out of business mostly through mergers and acquisitions.

The following names are only a few of the famous classic cars of that time: Citroen Traction Avant,

Rolls Royce model Phantom III, Bugatti Type 57, Alvis Speed Model 20 and 25 and Ford V8.

The next evolution of the classic car can be seen after World War 2. Having suffered a great deal by both wars the car industry was on its knees. Big names had been vanished of destroyed greatly. It was time for new and different cars and models. Many new companies produced various and extravagant cars to leave their footprint.

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Big surviving companies suddenly felt the need for family cars and that is why automobiles such as the Morris Minor, Rover P4 and the Ford Consul appeared successfully on the surface. In Europe and the United States the Volkswagen Beetle became a great succes due to its compact size and its shape. Beetle until today is an enormous success story.

Due to the neccesity of family cars that were compact suddenly Japanese automobile companies entered the market offering successfully their cars that fit the demand perfectly. One of the most popular cars during that time was the British “Mini” an all time classic and with its makeover a favourite still today.Other trending cars included sports cars such as various models from Porsche, Lancia and Ferrari. They were known for its excellent performance and great looks. Ending the classic car phase new cars were developed with high tech engines, twin V, bóxer engines and many more. The designs and technology became more advanced and focus was put on speed and power.