Paul M’s (our Saturday guy) words on the Citroen 2CV, Ami, Dyane, XM, CX, C1, C3 and C3 Pluriel…
Citroen 2CV, Dyane and Ami
The world famous 2CV. It’s as French as you can get. Paris Autos have a close relationship with the Citroen 2CV and its variants. They’ve owned, sold, serviced and continue to rebuild these little French classics. All three models share basically the same engine and chassis. The real difference is the body design. All three models are highly individual. You love them or hate them.
The story of the Citroen 2CV goes back many years, to 1949 in fact, and continued until 1990 when car production ceased at the Portuguese factory in Mangualde.
They can still be heard driven along the roads of Europe, Stockport and beyond with their very distinctive engine tone.
The little Citroen C1 is a new breed of Citroen. It’s small, economical, roomy inside and very reliable. Almost identical to the more expensive Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo, all three are built in the same factory in the Czech Republic. One 3-cylinder petrol engine is available.
The Citroen XM was ‘Car of the Year’ for 1990. This ‘big Citroen’ has the older style ‘carpet ride’ suspension that Citroen itself was so well known for. Many petrol and diesel models were available throughout the car’s 10 year production span. The Citroen XM was plagued with electrical problems from the very beginning and did nothing for the car’s reputation. Production ceased in 2000.
The CX was the model before the XM and won the coveted ‘Car of the Year’ award in 1974.
The Citroen C3 was introduced into the UK in 2002. It was hailed as having some similarities to the 2CV in its shape.
Citroen C3 Pluriel
A new C3 variant was introduced in July 2003. The C3 Pluriel could be configured as a full or partial convertible. It has detachable roof bars and a fabric folding roof. 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines were available, or a 1.4 HDi diesel engine. Production ceased in 2010.