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Since we are setting our clocks back an hour this evening, I will be using my extra hour to sit quie

Since we are setting our clocks back an hour this evening, I will be using my extra hour to sit quietly and contemplate the unparalleled Citroën Méhari. It’s going to be a good hour.

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The DS X E-Tense Concept Is An Asymmetric Sports Car That Sends 1,360 HP Through Its Front Wheels

The French. They’ve designed some seriously strange stuff over the years, so it’s no surprise that when PSA Group’s luxury brand let its designers craft their “dream car for 2035,” the scarf-wearing artists came up with something thoroughly wacky. What is surprising is that the brand chose to send 1,360 horsepower to

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Let’s Go To France And Buy The Rad Old Cars

Paris doesn’t want its old cars! They’re sick of the pollution, sick of the traffic. Eliminating those things are noble goals and I support them for many reasons—not the least of which is that I’m hoping France’s loss could be America’s gain.

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Peugeot-Citroën Plots Return To The U.S. With Unexpected Three-Part Plan

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën today confirmed that they are, in fact, plotting a return to the United States after being gone for decades. But not in the way any of us expected.

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Which French Cars Would Do Well In America?

Which French Cars Would Do Well In America?

This week we learned PSA Peugeot Citroën has an ambitious plan to return to the U.S. and permanently dethrone Germany and Japan as the manufacturers of America’s favorite imports. (Okay, none of that is really true.) What cars should they bring over?

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The Fabulous History of the Citroën DS

This documentary retraces the history of one of France’s most iconic cars. All in French, no subtitles, but if you love French cars vous probablement pouvez comprendre le français aussi.

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French Cars Might Work In The U.S. Now, If They Ever Make A Return

French Cars Might Work In The U.S. Now, If They Ever Make A Return

A return to the U.S. market is probably the last thing on the minds of Peugeot-Citroen and Renault. There have been no new French cars for sale here in almost 25 years. The companies are still on shaky financial ground. But the cars being pressed with saving them look good, and good enough for Americans.

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The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

It was November 2006: I was post-college unemployed and had just moved to Long Island City. When I wasn’t job-searching, I was pretty deep into reading random Wikipedia entries and watching Arrested Development reruns.

Naturally, this is when I became infatuated with the Citroën DS. As you do.

New York is one of the harshest environments on an old vehicle, but somehow it still remains a fantastic place for finding weird, obscure cars. I was still learning this when I was out at night and found a white Citroën DS street-parked a few blocks away from my apartment. I ran home and grabbed my terrible 2005-era digital camera and took some terrible 2005-era digital nighttime photos of it. Our apartment wasn’t large enough so store a tripod, so, I apologize for the general crumminess of this image:

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

Knowing how bad the shots where and that I didn’t have a lot going on the next morning, I made a return visit to the Déesse the next day.

But when I got there, there were two of them! And the owners were standing beside them chatting! It was a Citroën DS Ambulance, covered in handprints and graphics and grime. I guess he had stopped to meet up with another local DS enthusiast. I spoke to them, briefly, and they explained the Tour, but it didn’t set in immediately. Before I knew it, the DS ambulance was on its way.

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

This happened years ago and I still think about it. It’s one of the most serendipitous things that’s ever happened to me. Much later, I researched the Lunaya World Tour, and found little tidbits across the internet. The driver, Manuel Boileau, (or maybe it was Lunaya) described the purpose was "to meet local populations and to produce photo and video features depicting children from all over the planet."

Citroën and Lunaya both used to have news features about the trip but they don’t seem to be reachable anymore. According to this article from Brazil, the whole trip lasted from 2005 to 2008, and Boileau only used paper maps to navigate, no GPS, which is kinda cool. It’s a remarkable achievement and I’m glad I was able to be in the presence of it, even if by accident.

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

There’s some seriously Grade A French car porn over at Hooniverse today, if you’re into that kind of

There’s some seriously Grade A French car porn over at Hooniverse today, if you’re into that kind of thing. (I know I am.)