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I Have No Idea What Peugeot Are Saying But Something Looks Good.

By Tim Smith

Listen, we all have our own dogmatic ways of speaking. It gets us by. It makes us feel important in our tiny little bubbles of life and work. I get it. I do it myself.


‘With its sleek and athletic lines, EXALT embodies the power of PEUGEOT design. Sitting on wide tracks and powerfully rounded wheel arches, this five-door saloon expresses its style over a length of 4.70m. The alliance of flat surfaces and straight cut lines reconciles aggressiveness and softness.’

Holy mother of lions that’s some language right there. Also, the name, EXALT. IN CAPS.

How about this:

‘PEUGEOT EXALT is athletic, powerful and sleek, incorporating original materials. Its cabin, trimmed in natural materials, is dedicated to comfort and instinctive driving. This innovative concept makes the saloon even more attractive and more versatile, in particular the boot with its unique opening mechanism exposing a large boot.’

It has a large boot.

I know, how about we just look at it?

Better than words.

Better than words.

That brushed panel look is because the body was hand beaten (ahem). Which, actually, is quite cool.

I think you may agree it looks quite good, and from the emphasis in the release, this car is allll about China.

Power-train is, as you’d expect, a hybrid. A 270bhp version of the PSA THP 1.6 engine that you can find in quite a lot of things that have either Lion, Double Chevron or MINI badge on the front or back is coupled to a 50kW electric motor featuring brake energy recovery. Total power output is claimed to be 340bhp.


Maybe a bit wider than words as well.

It looks really quite good, and is most likely a preview of something China-bound. That market is currently paying quite a lot of people’s mortgages, so this is probably a great move by PSA.

Just, you know, show us some love over here in jolly ol’ Europe, too. Oh, and let the work do the talking…





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Next Citroen C1 Won’t Look Like A Skull Anymore



By Tim Smith

Have you ever noticed that ‘facelifted’ cars tend to look worse than the original design? Witness the Renault Megane, once plain but handsome, it  now appears to have put a funny mask on.






Similarly, the once cute little Citroen C1 appears to have had its nose ripped off leaving it somewhat reminisent of a skull. I jape you not. Just look at one next time it flies by on a magic carpet of demon dust. You will not be able to unsee that. No way.



But now there is good news. Citroen have released official pictures and details of the new C1. And it doesn’t look like a skull anymore. In fact, it looks rather good.


I have no idea what ‘driving, refined’ means

Citroen say it will be available in three body styles: 3 and 5 door and an ‘Airscape’ open-top. Expect that one to have a roll back roof similar to the Fiat 500.

They also say it will weigh 840kg. So that’s efficiency, and hopefully a spritely drive taken care of.


Nope, still no idea


Having driven the last generation 107 (identical to the C1 except for the badge), I can confidently say it was a rather good little machine with a soulful 3-cylinder motor. I liked it. Citroen/Peugeot/Toyota should get rid of the old power steering pump, though. ‘Feel’ was replaced by the sensation that you were stirring PVA glue like you did when you were 5. Right before you would coat your fingers in it then have the pleasure of peeling it off like a second skin. Don’t look at me like that. You did it too.

As before it will be tripleted with Peugeot and Toyota versions built in the same factory.

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