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Opel denies reports of deal to make Citroen C5, Peugeot 508 at its plant

Opel will not build Citroen C5 and Peugeot 508 at its Ruesselsheim plant in Germany, dismissing a report by daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as speculation. Citing a union official as its source, the daily reported that Opel will build the next generations of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s C5 and 508 cars at the Ruesselsheim site. 

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted Armin Schild, a senior German union official, as saying that serious negotiations are ongoing. If the report is true, such a move from Opel, a unit of General Motors, would provide Ruesselheim with an extra 130,000 units of annual production, making the site more cost efficient by operating on three shifts.

Although GM and PSA currently have an existing partnership agreement, the area of manufacturing is not currently an element of the deal. The alliance between GM and PSA involves logistics, purchasing and engineering, according to Opel. PSA's Rennes site in France currently produces the C5 and 508, while Opel’s Ruesselsheim plant builds the sized Insignia and Astra models.

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Citroen C4 Cactus scraps quirky look for a more mainstream guise for 2018

Since its release in 2014, the Citroen C4 Cactus has always been loved by car enthusiasts, thanks to its quirky look. But for 2018, it seems like the French automaker plans to give the compact hatchback a more conventional look instead. Aside from that, the automaker will be giving it substantial upgrades, inside and out - from a softer suspension to a floating-roof design. Plus, customers will have over 31 exterior combinations to choose from.

But if you were a huge fan of the C4 Cactus’ original look, there’s nothing to worry about because some of the design cues still carry over. These include the Airbump side panels but these have been minimized and moved further down to the bottom sill. The sleek headlights also remain from the 2014 model year. The company explains that the C4 will still be bold, while it “gains enhanced status”.

For the exterior, customers can choose from nine colour options including Polar White, Platinum Grey, Sport Red and some others. The body can then be paired with your choice of five different alloy wheels - from 16-inch grey and black square designs on the lower trim models, or the 17-inch cross wheel that is available in several colours too.

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Citroen partners with Le Coq Sportif to release customized Type H

In partnership with Le Coq Sportif, Citroën revealed that it will be releasing a customized version of a genuine Type H. The brand will also be coming out with a New Dispatch van. The two will utilize the Le Coq Sportif. With these, the brand is celebrating the Type H van’s 70th anniversary. With the Type H, the brand hopes to express nostalgia and authenticity with the use of warm materials. The New Dispatch on the other hand reveals a more contemporary and smooth spirit through the use of white color and simplicity.

For those not familiar, the Type H was originally launched in 1947 with actual production from 1947 to 1981. When it was released, it became the first-ever mass-produced van to have front-wheel drive.

This four-door van has a length of 4.28 meters. Moreover, an impressive total of 473,289 units were manufactured. The New Dispatch meanwhile uses a platform that allows for a maximum payload of 1,400 kg and it is capable of pulling a braked trailer that can weigh up to 2,500 kg. The New Dispatch will be offered in three different lengths which are the base model, compact, and the XS. The XS in particular is seen as practical especially with a length of 4.60 m. With a height of 1.90 meters, it can fit in a car park.

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Production of current generation Citroen C5 and its hydraulic suspension finally ends in Europe

Citroen is phasing out the current generation C5 in Europe after it produced the final example in Rennes, France. The C5, being one of the aging models released for the European market since 2007, coincides with the ending of Citroen’s famous hydropneumatic suspension. It can be recalled that the automaker officially confirmed that it will end the use of this “old technology” in 2015 due to low customer demand and high production cost. Having said that, Citroen intends to replace its famous hydraulics system with a more innovative set-up this year.

For more than a decade, the French marque was able to sell over 635,000 examples of the C5 and 435,000 of it was marketed in Europe. In 2016, Citroen however sold fewer than 10,000 examples of the C5 to the European market.

While the station wagon was the final example of the C5 made for Europe and the production of the sedan came to a halt the previous year, Citroen will continue producing the C5’s revolutionized version in China. As for Europe, the French automaker is working on a new generation model that could possibly take the shape of a sporty hatchback instead of the traditional sedan body style.

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Everyone, meet the new presidential car. Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed the latest DS 7 Crossback as his official car during the recent inauguration. It was barely a couple of months ago since Groupe PSA introduced the new crossover but it wasn’t until the parade that the public finally saw what the new crossover looks like. Otherwise known as Distinctive Series/Different Spirit, the DS marque actually had been Citroen’s sub brand from 2009 until it became an independent brand in 2014. No matter how deeply rooted DS Cars are with Citroen models, it is worth noting that these two have very distinct qualities when it comes to manufacturing and engineering.

The presidential car certainly has more special features than any regular unit ever built by the premium car brand. Apart from the soft top roof cover, the custom designed SUV comes with a flag holder on one side. Atelier Maury meanwhile designed its Black leather interior which matches the Ink Blue exterior paint perfectly. To complete the premium look, the presidential SUV comes equipped with a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels in two tone finish plus gold detailing.

Despite the lack of details about its powertrain, the French automaker assures that the presidential car has all the latest technologies similar to the upcoming production version. One of which is the highly advanced DS Active Scan Suspension with built-in camera as well as the DS Connected Pilot for autonomous driving.

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Two years after Citroën revealed the Aircross Concept at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in China, the production model will then be introduced at the same event this week. Love it or hate it, the C5 Aircross will be having the same eccentric exterior just like the C4 Cactus, except the Aircross will be having a much larger body measuring at 4.5 meters long, 1.84 meters wide, and 1.67 meters tall.

Citroën released a couple of videos online to put emphasis on the “Progressive Hydraulic Cushions” as this is one of the highlights of the SUV - in fact, the all-new suspension benefits from this.

Both damping quality and ride comfort have both been improved with this technology. The two hydraulic stops are for rebound and compression, creating a two-step suspension. Reports say that no less than 20 patents were registered during the development of the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions.

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PSA Group - the French automotive manufacturer who gave us Peugeots and Citroens automobiles, is seeking to establish a stronghold to the US Market, and naming the former TrueCar and Nissan Exec Larry Dominique to lead its conquest.

There has been several news in the past that mentions PSA Group's plan of expanding to the US, but it seems this time, it is for real. PSA's affinity for the US all started around 1960 when the Peugeot 404 sedan was made available to the public, and was followed by 504. The last vehicles that Peugeot released in the US were the squared styled, rear wheel drive 505 saloon and its wagon counterpart, and the front wheel drive 405 that has been made in both body styles.

Citroen also departed from USA as early as 1974, with chosen automobiles being shipped via specialist importers. The last offering of PSA Group is the DS Automobiles which is viewed as the store version of Citroen, a Lexus/Infiniti-ish offering that ranges from city hatches to midsize cars. Only recently, PSA obtained Opel- another auto manufacturer who has been long gone from US.

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PSA seems very confident about conquering the world. The purchase of Opel/Vauxhall for €2.2 billion ($2.3B) from General Motors makes PSA the second largest car company, just behind the Volkswagen Group, but taking over Renault-Nissan’s spot.

Jean-Philippe Peugeot, a family shareholder of PSA, said that they have already discussed a potential acquisition of Opel back in 2012, as early as when the General Motors made a deal with the French company. However, it was not the right time for the marriage of both companies so they waited until this year to announce their plan to the public. He also added in his interview with a German newspaper that PSA wants to go global in the coming years. Thus, the goal was set to “conquer the rest of the world step by step”.

The acquisition includes: Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, the brands they carry, assembly and component manufacturing facilities, an engineering center in Deutschland, and all their employees. Now that Opel is part of the PSA group. It is a big help for the company’s plan to achieve important economies of scale, and this means manufacturing at least three million cars for a core market. Robert Peugeot (Chairman of the PSA Group’s strategy committee) further explained himself and said that “all large carmakers have a volume of three million cars in one important market.

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Now, it has been signed. Discussions over the possible acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors by the PSA Group have finally reached a conclusion. The parties, including international banking group BNP, have finally inked an agreement in which GM is selling both its automotive and financial operations in Europe for a whopping EUR2.2 billion (around $2.33 billion).

According to the terms of the agreement, PSA will be acquiring Opel and Vauxhall – GM’s automotive operations in Europe – for EUR1.3 billion (around $1.38 billion). PSA and BNP Paribas are forming a 50-50 joint venture to acquire the European operations of GM Financial at 0.8 times of its pro forma book value or around EUR900 million (around $953 million). Thus, the transaction – the sale of Opel/Vauxhall automotive operations and GM Financial’s entire European operations – has a total value of EUR2.2 billion.

PSA’s share of the entire transaction -- Opel/Vauxhall and half of GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the French group around EUR1.75 billion (around $1.85 billion). BNP Paribas’ share of the transaction – 50 percent GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the banking group around EUR450 million (around $476 million).

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Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5.

While still on sale on this part of the world, the C5 has been discontinued in Europe mainly due to low sales. With this in mind, Citroen is hoping to give the current version the rest it deserves by coming out with a new model that it hopes to unveil by the start of the Shanghai Motor Show, which is set for April.

At present, there is still no actual model as the preview that Citroen has shown is available in two design sketches with one for the exterior and the other for its interior. Initial impression for the design though is not that optimistic, given that instead of revealing a new generation, the drafts simply show a facelift. Early photos though have shown that the front end will be redesigned entirely. In addition to having new headlights, the bumper and the grille will be new as well ensuring that it does have a new look.

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For French carmaker Citroen, offering adventure and utility doesn’t really having mean to create an SUV or a crossover. This is why Citroen is introducing a new 4x4 minivan concept that should serve as a stylish and practical mode of transport for the modern adventurer – the Citroen SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept.

According to Citroen, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is a contemporary vehicle that combines off-road ability, versatility and comfort, as inspired by the carmaker’s "E" collection of limited edition lifestyle products. The carmaker described the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept as an ideal companion for outdoor pursuits, thanks to a ground clearance that is around 60mm higher than the SpaceTourer MPV production model. But that is not all that defines the concept’s adventurous spirit.

Serving as the dynamic core of SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept is a BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This turbodiesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel powerplant – already featured in a number of Citroen vehicles – is rated to develop 150 hp (112 kW) of max output and 370 Nm (273 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to all four wheels of the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept through a selectable 4x4 transmission courtesy of Automobiles Dangel. Thanks to this unique drivetrain, the SpaceTourer 4x4 E Concept could enjoy 4x4 traction, with Auto 4WD and R.

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It looks like Opel/Vauxhall will have a new owner soon. This comes as the PSA Group and General Motors are currently holding talks over the possibility of GM selling its Opel unit to the French carmaker.

The discussions were first reported by Reuters and Bloomberg News, citing sources. In a recent statement, GM confirmed that the two carmakers are exploring several strategic initiatives with the objective of improving profitability as well as operational efficiency. GM added that the discussions included a potential acquisition of Opel Vauxhall by the PSA Group. GM also noted that the carmakers have been in alliance since 2012, with the partnership covering three projects in Europe.

Selling Opel to the PSA Group wouldn’t be an easy thing to do for GM. There are quite a number of financial, industrial and political considerations that needed to be factored in. That said, both GM and PSA could also earn some benefits from such transaction.

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A few weeks before Citroen reveals the production version of the replacement compact SUV for the C3 Picasso, the French carmaker has unfurled its concept variant – the Citroen C-Aircross Concept.

Splashes of bright orange, light grey and fluorescent coral colors are found inside the cabin of the Citroen C-Aircross Concept. The interior also features a sleek dashboard, suspended seats, a single spoke steering wheel with intuitive commands and a fabric-covered dashboard with a tinted "head-up vision" board.

Citroen is also touting the off-road capability of the C-Aircross Concept. It is provided with the so-called Grip Control function that allows the C-Aircross Concept to be brought away from the urban roads, making it a good companion for family getaways and hangouts with friends.

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Motorists wanting to have the 2017 Citroen C-Elysee in their respective garages may now be able to place an order for the compact sedan in France. This face-lifted iteration of the Citroen C-Elysee could be availed at a starting price of €13,750 ($14,459).

According to the French carmaker, interested customers could only avail of one trim level for the 2017 Citroen C-Elysee, dubbed as Live. The base version of the 2017 Citroen C-Elysee is laden with an array of standard equipment that includes the Citroen Connect Radio system. This feature comes with a new touchscreen (measuring seven inches), which has an interface that paves the way for a more responsive in-vehicle experience. Allowing users to connect their smartphones to the vehicle through Bluetooth, this seven-inch touchscreen serves as a hub from where users could control the multimedia and telephone functions through smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink).

Designed to appeal to markets around the world, the new Citroen C-Elysee is underpinned by the same components that underpin the Peugeot 301. As many have guessed, the 2017 Citroen C-Elysee sports a revised look – although overall, its appearance has not changed that much. Cosmetics tweaks implemented on the new 2017 Citroen C-Elysee include a revised radiator grille as flanked by redesigned headlights, LED daytime running lights and fog lights as well as taillights with three-dimensional effect lights. Cosmetic tweaks for the 2017 iteration of the Citroen C-Elysee also included the addition of Lazuli Blue and Aluminum Grey colors, replacing the Teles Blue and Steel Grey hues, respectively. New 16-inch wheels could also be availed for the 2017 C-Elysee.

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The much-awaited car event this season will showcase Citroen Racing’s C3 WRC Concept. We have to say; we’re also just as excited to see it compete in the upcoming Monte-Carlo Rally next year. Citroen’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship definitely opens new challenges both for the French car manufacturer and the racing team.

Citroen has already won three world championship titles in the previous years. The brand is also set to take home its 3rd manufacturer’s title with its very own C-Elysée. Currently, Citroen has 96 record wins and 8 manufacturer’s titles under its belt. This only proves how Citroen is bent on winning another major title with the new C3 model. Good thing, the racing team is already preparing for the FIA WRC and is more daring than ever.

Although Citroen is bringing the new C3 in this year’s motor show in Paris, we just found out they have yet to finalise other details for the racecar version. Still, the world will see it up close for the first time and that would be enough to give everyone an impression of what to expect after the final touches.

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The 2016 Paris Motor Show is fast approaching and fans and critics alike are excited to see what the automakers have in store this year. One automaker however, has decided to show off its newest concept car before its supposedly grand revelation at the Paris Motor Show; and that automaker is none other than Citroën.

The French automaker has recently revealed the Citroën CXperience Concept, a car that embodies its maker’s mantra: “Be Different, Feel Good” despite being a fairly large sized saloon. The CXperience Concept aims to become an ambassador for global comfort – for which Citroën has been known for.

In terms of design, it has a very distinctive body style that benefits from the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme which focuses on the well-being and comfort of its occupants. At almost 5 meters in length, this two-box saloon’s new and exceptional international body styling puts the French automaker a step forward towards success. The unique and distinctive body lines on the CXperience take it to a whole new level in the executive saloon department. The designing itself puts a stamp of Citroën on the CXperience, with its shape lines and graphics screaming Citroën. It has also been designed to give emphasis on the aerodynamic properties of the concept car. All these are the works of Citroën Styling at the Design Centre in Velizy, brilliant minds that have found ways to show Citroën’s brand new aesthetic codes – high tech on the inside, but warm and cozy on the inside.

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Citroën Racing is continuing to develop their 2017 World Rally Car in Portugal, less than a month after the race. Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre achieved considerable mileage during the four-day test despite challenging weather variations and conditions.

The initial test was completed in southern France. Almost immediately after, Citroën Racing took their 2017 World Rally Car to the Algarve in Portugal for a second set of development test runs. The car is a prototype assembled by the Versailles Technical Centre. The testing team of Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau had their hands full negotiating the car through fog, rain and hail as well as sunny weather, in preparation for the Rally de Portugal where they will be part of the Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.

Laurent Fregosi, Technical Director of Citroën Racing said that they were very thankful to put the car through such a variety of weather conditions to thoroughly evaluate the possible set-ups and how the body withstood accumulations of mud. The test objectives included assessing how the car’s components reliability held up. Mileage for each part is recorded and verified with the specifications. Additionally, Fregosi adds that they “also focused on looking for performance and driver comfort.”

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French carmaker Citroen and French fashion house Courreges have partnered to create a car inspired by the Citroen e-Mehari. The Citroen e-Mehari by Courreges concept car is an all-electric four-seat cabriolet that exemplifies the values being triumphed by the two French brands.

For instance, Citroen is advancing the creativity, freedom and optimism, which are also part of the philosophy of the French fashion house. Just as Courreges revolutionized the fashion world of the 60s and the 70s, Citroen reformed the motoring world with the Mehari, which was launched in 1968.

Both brands are driven by free-thinking visionaries and both share the essence of freedom, creativity and youth. Realizing that the Courreges carries the same values it has, Citroen approached the fashion house to collaborate on transforming the new e-Mehari model into a distinct yet gleaming creation.

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French automobile maker Citroen, in collaboration with the popular French pop group “HYPHEN HYPHEN”, will unveil its latest 4x4 concept vehicle in the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It is dubbed the Citroen SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept.

Geared towards an adventurous mindset, the CitroenSpace Tourer HYPHEN concept is best described as breezy, bright and unlimited. Because of this, it can easily motivate worry-free unrestricted journeys. In addition, its wide spacious interior encourages families and groups to travel together as it sends out the message that everyone is welcome to partake of this adventure.

Coming from the same mold, joining forces with the pop group HYPHEN HYPHEN is only natural. The group from Nice, South of France is known for their upbeat, vibrant music and is so popular among its fans that the group was even nominated for the 2016 French Music Awards.

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The highly versatile Citroen SpaceTourer is set to make its global premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this March. The vehicle is the perfect epitome of comfort, performance, fuel-efficiency, looks, and practicality all combined into one spectacular SpaceTourer.

Equipped with the latest innovations, the car provides unparalleled safety and user-friendly driving experience. The new modular EMP2-based platform offers a bigger cabin space and superior manoeuvrability. This platform is a variation of those used by the C4 Picasso and the Grand C4 Picasso.

The 4.60-meter long SpaceTourer can be availed in three versions. A first in the automobile market, the vehicle has a nine-seater capacity. It is specifically designed for both family and business-oriented people. Some of its key features include hands-free sliding doors on the side and a rear window that can be fully opened.

Read the entire article 2016 Geneva Motor Show: Citroen SpaceTourer is targeted for family/business needs