Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Just a Car Geek Car Becomes A Celebrity

I featured this Citroen back in May. You can find the post here.

Car & Driver magazine bought it. They tried to send it back to France. Sort of.

You can find the story here.

A big thanks to Just a Car Geek reader, Wes, for pointing this out!

10 comments:

rrshadow2 said...

I loved that article in Car and Driver, sounds like the car spent most of the trip on a car trailer and in the end they found is was probably all for the better since the subframe was about to break apart from rust, Looks like this particular CX was a total Dog! it's unfortunate

Anonymous said...

Can't understand why they had to trash this Citroen... simply put it on CL,or give it to a Citroen Club. Could have save everyone a trip to the bone yard.

Dan

Just A Car Geek said...

Dan - I agree 100%

Trevor said...

Just a bunch of rednecks who can write trying to make a point no one cares about. People like this didn't/don't buy Citroens anyway (however, Citroen should have figured out its US market better). I guess there's a reason I never read Car and Driver in the first place.

R1326 said...

Did not understand the underlying anger in the piece. Why did they utilize a car from a company that has not imported cars or parts here in years, and what was the real problem he had with French cars? Did the writer own bad French cars in the past?

It was an odd Car and Driver article about a car that had little chance of traveling 100 miles, let alone over 1,000.

Blair Russell said...

First off, welcome back. I can understand being away as I imagine recovering from that freak storm has been a real nightmare the past few weeks.

As for that article, I've only read a little bit of it, but I don't know if I want to finish said article, given the condescending tone throughout. Seeing terms like "froghead" doesn't eliminate the douche tone throughout.

Jon said...

I think this Car and Driver writer tried to create an article out of what could have been a typical Top Gear UK skit.

Somehow it doesn't seem to work on paper...

Back in the early 80's C&D used to have satirist P.J. O'Rourke write "gonzo" style articles for the magazine. Readers liked these stories and a collection formed the basis for his 2009 book "Driving Like Crazy."

Fast forward to 2011...

My October issue of C&D had a "funny" article comparing a Buick LaCrosse to the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

I quit after a couple of paragraphs...

These days when I want a laugh, I read Dan Neil (Rumble Seat) in the LA Times.

Thank god for the internet.

Richard said...

Agree with you Jon, as I was reading the article I felt like they were trying to be Top Gear TV/Magazine funny.....no where close.

Pity, Citroen make some beautiful cars, just take there current range and compare it to anything that Chevy/Toyota/Honda etc is turning out, Citroen still has the style and innovation only the others can dream about.

Usually I could care less about articles such as these, but if they keep printing this out of date crap then the US will never see some of these beautiful cars :(

Trevor said...

Agree with Jon, however P.J. O'Rourke is actually funny and has talent; these guys, not so much...

Anonymous said...

Just read the C&D article online. It did seem like a cheap shot at a brand that is unlikely to buy advertising with their magazine any time soon.
Alden