Citroen

Citroen DS3 Racing

The DS3 R should have been a cracker, but lovers of feisty French hatchbacks could be disappointed

Citroën C4

With the new C4, the French manufacturer has once again forgotten what it used to do best

The Timeline: Citroën CV

The CV was first conceived in the 1920s when Michelin conducted a study to develop the perfect 'people's car', although design did not begin until 1936. In 1939 the CV, designed by Pierre-Jules Boulanger, was ready to meet the world, and was due to be unveiled in October that year but the launch was cancelled when war broke out in Europe. The car, also known as the 'Deux Chevaux' was finally presented in 1948 at the Paris Motor Show and was a firm favourite for 42 years until production ceased on the 27 July 1990.

Citroën DS3 1.6 THP DSport

Price: £15,900
Top speed: 133mph 0-60mph 7.3 seconds
Consumption: 42.2mpg
CO2 emissions:
155g/km
Best for: Mini owners who have tired of retro
Also worth considering? Alfa Romeo Mito, BMW Mini, Fiat 500

Citroën C3 Picasso 1.6HDi VTR+

Citroën's range is becoming more and more complicated. Once, a C3 was a C3 was a C3, but now the third rung of the Citroën is getting crowded. The original C3, now renamed C3 First, is still there, as is the open-topped C3 Pluriel with its unusual demountable roof; these have now been joined by an all-new standard C3, while a similarly-sized up-market city car aimed at competing with the Mini, the DS3 will be launched shortly.

Surprised by Daihatsu

I was reading up on Daihatsu's plans for the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. For some reason I've never really given much thought to the company or its products; for some reason I had categorised it as a manufacturer of interchangeable, small, boxy cars.

Todt stands to replace Mosley

Jean Todt, the former team principal of Ferrari, formally announced his intention yesterday to stand for the role of FIA president which will be vacated by his close friend Max Mosley in October.

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Citroën C5 2.0 HDi

The French car maker has turned it's ugly duck into a swan with this futuristic model that glides easily into the premium league