When Citroen released details on the DS5 late in 2011, I looked forward to driving it not least because Citroen have produced some of the most interesting cars in the motoring industry, but also because I thought it was a very good-looking car. The only problem is I initially had no idea what kind of a car it was – whether it was supposed to be a saloon, a station wagon, an MPV, or a crossover SUV. But if you look at it a bit more, you realize that it is more of a stylish, upscale hatchback. Whether it’s a niche market that promises Citroen plenty of success remains to be seen, but on first impression the DS5 definitely gives off a classy vibe.
The Citroen C6 has always come off as a peculiar car since it was introduced seven years ago – very stylish, unique in its appeal, very French, but not much of a big seller. In fact the C6’s days on the showroom floor are nearly over.
Even for a European resident the C6 remains a rare sight indeed, until I travelled to Paris a few weeks ago – C6s are everywhere. Spend a little bit of time in central Paris and you will see a couple dozen of them from morning to evening, rather than one every other month like elsewhere in Europe. Obviously, being French-made makes it a common sight, and a default fleet choice for the French government. But it’s not only the government that uses them: taxi drivers, chauffeuring services, as well as embassies seem to be loyal Citroen customers. So, if you like, the Citroen C6 is France’s Lincoln Town Car – a few people buy them, but they’re mostly seen in some kind of fleet service.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything but short of exciting new cars. There are far too many cool cars to have them all posted here, but with more than 100 photos, it's more than just a taste of what the show has to offer. Make sure you come back next week for the ultimate standouts of the show.
Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG
Mercedes Benz has splashed details on its new SL63 AMG roadster, prior to an unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new SL63 AMG continues making use of a folding metal roof, but the whole car now weighs 125kg less (at 1845kg) than its predecessor, thanks in part by making use of an all-aluminium body. Another new feature is the twin-turbo 537hp (or 564hp with the AMG Performance pack) 5.5-litre V8 engine found in other hot AMGs like the E, S, CL, CLS, and M-Class.