Citroën's next look into the future appears to involve a look into its past: according to Car Magazine, the French firm is planning a 3CV that will make a modern case for the beloved 2CV. It isn't expected until 2013, so only a few brains inside Citroën have any idea what it will look like, but the prognostications suggest "the spirit of the quirky Ami 6," lots of space and a comfortable ride.

Speaking of that ride, the company's CEO said "it's so relaxed that we may even cap top speed." That would be something special for a car to be built on the same PF1 platform that supports the Peugeot 207 and Citroëns DS3 and C3, yet will be smaller than the C3.


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      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautifully utilitarian. Sometimes you just have to love simple engineering.
        Leather Bear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        It was the great LJK Setright (IIRC) that considered the 2CV as the greatest example of automotive engineering of all time because of its simplicity. Look at one of these up close and you'll find all sorts of clever bits of design, and the suspension layout is nothing short of genius.
          nattomethane
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          Front traction, INDEPENDENT suspension, so easy to repair/change you can do it at home, all in a peoples car, in the post war. .
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      They have a long history of quirky innovation... I can't wait to see what they come up with.
      aacfx09
      • 3 Years Ago
      These 2CV's are somewhat comical. Being from Massachusetts (US) I had never seen one in person, and then all of a sudden, I saw one in Salem, and then I saw the same one again. It's a very interesting car to catch an unplanned look at among the other globs of metal on the road these days. It' must be imported.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes please. It could be a healthy competitor for the Mini and 500. Oh, and please bring Citroën to this side of the pond.
      A B
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd buy one. Toyota has to use the same philosophy with the AE-series cars they're "trying" to bring back.
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes it is. Part I:: noisy, inside/out, thermal insulation is almost absent, acceleration is completely absent, final speed good only if you know how big is the engine, crash resistance rate: French accordion + . Yes it is . Part II (compare to contemporary VW, Fiat 500). : Comfortable 2 drops of gas takes you farther than any other. Simple and reliable, 2 or 3 standard tools (supplied) can dismantle/repair the whole car, even body parts like fender were bolted, no welding necessary. Muddy or sandy roads? front traction (pioneer it!). Stability: just try to roll over it, at full speed in a curve, on a wet floor, cobblestones, ..or all at the same time to make it simple. Unique " Pot " suspension simple, effective. IMO: Time made his "Charismatic" looks only more lovable even by no car heads of both genders. This new version steering wheel is of late version, as AB blogger Bill mention it should be the single spoke one, the 2 spokes type had a triangle at the center, the one in the pic looks loaned from a Renault 3. The shift knob never was a tennis ball. Finally, is unforgivable they replace the " suicide doors" ! probably the Hermes guy was called " Citroen with open doors" in the school yard. (imagine celebrity invertor & dog duet) For those who think this model ugly, check the original prototipe :http://www.best-used-car.org/citroen/citroen-tpv/ . Ugly Duck 4 ever =).
      walthamdan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like for the past decade they keep saying they will produce a modern version of this car. Just do it already
      jweroy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, but: "Deux Chevaux" not "Deux Cheveaux;" that's sort of a cross between "Two Horse" and "Two Hair" ("Deux Cheveux")...
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remind me...why is this ugly French Beetle "beloved"?
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        is is unique and very special...and it was cheap and mobilized millions. ignorance is bliss
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember this piece of junk, from the old days of Citroen, when they almost went under. No wonder.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Spellchecker
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please do not call yourself a "car enthusiast" if you're going to call the 2CV "crap". It may have looked simplistic and utilitarian but it was quite advanced and revolutionary for its time and it was designed with a clear purpose in mind: simplicity - a car for the masses that was cheap, comfortable, spacious, reliable and frugal on fuel. The 2CV is one of the most iconic and legendary cars ever made. Anyone who slams this car clearly has no clue.
      GML
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they do something funky and different, and not what VW has done with the beetle.
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