Even if their avant-garde styling has historically meant that they would never enjoy the sales success of their more staid German counterparts, it was always somehow comforting to know that the French were building large sedans. With a history of nontraditional looks and peerless ride quality (a legacy built on the hydropneumatic suspension of the original Citroën DS), big French cars have always been an acquired taste.

And now it appears buyers with that specific palette won't have a clear place to go, at least for a while. According to Automotive News, production of the Citroën C6 shown above (click to enlarge) is scheduled to cease this month, leaving French buyers (and Francophiles) without a true-bleu option. As the article points out, Renault will still offer its Latitude – effectively a badge-engineered rework of the Korean-built Samsung SM5 – but patriotic consumers have apparently been staying away because it isn't French enough (Renault has sold under 3,800 examples this year).

Renault may yet provide an answer for its displaced countrymen in the form of a new Initiale Paris-branded flagship offering that would be developed on Mercedes-Benz E-Class britches, but it has not yet decided whether it will move forward with the car. The alternative, to follow Citroën and Peugeot in leaving the segment, is probably looking quite appealing now, especially with Europe's continued economic malaise.

Citroën, for its part, is still experimenting with large cars, as evidenced by its stunning Numero Nine concept revealed at this year's Beijing Motor Show. Whether the marque that kicked off the genre with "The Goddess" plans to revisit the large sedan remains to be seen, but it could be a good strategy if it wants to increase its presence in large-sedan-happy China.


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      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like knowing that cars like this exist (or existed) in the world. It's a reminder that differences can still be had and despite profit margins that often point in the other direction, bold attempts of creativity still happen in an industry that is continually compelled give us "more of the same." Some people might call the C6 a failure, but I think they are missing the point.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      One hasn't lived until one owns an SM, w/it's air bag suspension & Maserati V6, which ran like a V8 with 2 dead cyls. Wish i had it back, sort of.
        stevenh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        the SM required two sets of specialist care — Citroën specialists, and a rare Maserati specialist, to keep the engine in tune. Sounds like a nightmare to me. It was a neat design experiment in the early 70's and very futuristic and like no other on the car at the time.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Might be an older car but it still looks pretty good.
      texige
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprising considering the recent tax increases.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such a cool looking and sad we don't get anything close to that int he states.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      GFB
      • 2 Years Ago
      FWD proportions are particularly ugly on this car. There is a (good) reason French cars are not imported into the U.S. They have a myopic and inward-focused automobile culture that doesn't translate well. The last French car that interested me was Rene Bonnet Djet.
        powerlee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GFB
        GFB - PSA Peugeot / Citroen & Renault just can't be bothered with the USA, the consumer laws & the fact they would have to also modify there cars to be even allowed to be sold in the US just isn't worth the bother.
        mojonaut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GFB
        Pushrod V8s with high displacement, low power and high fuel consumption... And you call OTHER countries myopic and inward-focused?
          GFB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mojonaut
          This was about French cars. At least WE don't have to suffer the French malaise. Don't get me started on the U.S. car industry.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow ripoff of the 99 Cougar in the front. I guess thats why it kinda looks good. The Cougar was one of Mercury's best looking cars ever.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess they could always rebadge some Infinitis.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Infiniti: reliable, conventional, accepted in McMansionland, and boring to the extreme. But you are right, rebadged Infinitis would sell while the avant garde Citroen would not.
        mojonaut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Why would Citroen want to rebadge some Infinitis, when they fall under the auspices of their biggest rival in Renault?
      Durishin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want!
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