The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 May 2007

Deux Chevaux, part deux

Citroën's 2CV was to France what the Volkswagen Beetle was to Germany or the Austin/Morris Mini was to Britain: a low-end transportation device that unexpectedly turned into an icon. Designed in the 1930s, the first production 2CVs appeared in 1948, with front-wheel drive, an air-cooled flat-2 engine delivering a modest 9 hp, and windshield wipers powered by the speedometer drive. Eventually the little twin was expanded enough to kick out 30 or so horses, which accelerated the 1100-lb 2CV, um, eventually.

The last 2CV was produced in 1990; the Beetle and the Mini were still being made, albeit in small quantities. When VW introduced the New Beetle and BMW acquired Mini and gave it a complete updating, it seemed a shame that Citroën wasn't thinking about bringing back the 2CV.

Now they are. Presumably based on Citroën's C3, the new 2CV will be pitched as a premium product, where once again it will be competing against the Mini and the New Beetle. Powerplant? Maybe a new hybrid diesel. No sense in producing a retromobile unless it's fully up to date. And don't look for it here: PSA Group, which owns Citroën (and Peugeot), doesn't have any firm plans to sell anything in the States. Yet.

(Via Autoblog Green.)

Posted at 5:02 PM to Driver's Seat