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WRC Japan: Loeb and Citroen take World Rally Championship

By - October 1, 2005 13 Pictures
October 2, 2005 Frenchman Sebastien Loeb and his Citroen Xsara took the FIA World Rally Championship today, finishing second to a resurgent Marcus Gronholm’s Peugeot 307 and extending his points lead to 36 points with three events still to run in the championship series. After leading the rally for all but two stages, Subaru’s Petter Solberg was robbed of victory in the penultimate stage when he hit a rock and broke the Subaru’s steering. Victory therefore landed in the lap of Marcus Gronholm, his second win of the season. Loeb only needed to finish third, regardless of rivals’ positions around him, and drove the rally required to secure his second title. Subaru’s Chris Atkinson drove to third, his best-ever result, while Francois Duval claimed fourth ahead of Mitsubishi driver Harri Rovanpera. Ford maintained its record of scoring on each round; Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta finishing sixth and seventh respectively to claim Ford’s 57th consecutive points-scoring finish. Daniel Carlsson, stepping in for Markko Martin, rounded off the top eight. Read More
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German WRC: Loeb leads Citroen 1-2

By - August 28, 2005 22 Pictures
August 29, 2005 Citroen notched up its first one-two of the season yesterday with Sebastien Loeb claiming his eighth victory of the season and extending his lead at the head of the Drivers’ Championship to 32 points with five events remaining. It is also the Frenchman’s fourth consecutive win in Germany. Team-mate Francois Duval repaid the team’s faith by claiming second, 37.4 seconds adrift of the reigning World Champion. Marcus Gronholm, winner of his home event in Finland, finished on the podium in third to retain second in the series. Read More
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The Aliens have arrived in London - driving a Citroen C2 ...

By - August 18, 2005 5 Pictures
August 19, 2005 Looking unlike anything else on earth, an amazing one-off version of Citroen's C2 VTR has been built in the UK at a cost of GBP115,000 pounds, more than ten times the cost of a normal Citroen C2 VTR! The Alien-inspired Citroen C2 VTR is the culmination of six months work by renowned modification specialists, SQ Plus. Loaded with GBP30,000 pounds worth of stereo equipment from sound system experts Alpine, including 20 speakers, eight subwoofers and 11 amplifiers, the futuristic C2 by SQ Plus belts out an incredible 15,780 watts - similar to an average nightclub - guaranteeing that it's heard before it's seen! Read More
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Citroen's C-SportLounge concept car

By - August 9, 2005 3 Pictures
August 10, 2005 It's that wonderful time of year before the major European Auto Show again, and all the heavyweight automotive manufacturers are teasing the automotive world with their next big concept vehicle that will be released at, in this case, this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show (12-25 September). The latest example of cutting-edge styling from the Citroen design team, the C-SportLounge concept car looks set to wow the crowds this year. With its distinctive combination of powerful, sleek lines and 2+2 comfort and refinement, the C-SportLounge captures the true essence of a 21st century Grand Tourer. Read More
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WRC Rally Finland: Gronholm and Peugeot break Loeb/Citroen winning run

By - August 6, 2005 14 Pictures
August 7, 2005 Peugeot’s Marcus Gronholm has taken a magnificent fifth victory in his native Rally Finland, his seventeenth WRC win in his career, and boosted himself to second in the drivers' championship. Team-mate Markko Martin completed a great team result to end the rally in third place, less than 30 seconds behind runaway championship leader Sebastien Loeb who finished second. Peugeot’s strong team showing has enabled the marque to retake the lead of the Manufacturers Championship by a single championship point over Citroen. Read More
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WRC: Citroen and Loeb continue record smashing spree

By - July 16, 2005 15 Pictures
July 17, 2005 Sebastien Loeb and Citroen broke a number of rallying's world records with a dominant performance in the Argentinean round of the World Rally Championship at the weekend (15-17 July 2005) giving them the record for the most consecutive wins in a season (six) and, adding their win in the Monte Carlo season-opener, the most wins in one season … with seven more rounds to come. Loeb, who just a short few years ago was dismissed as a tarmac-only expert, has set the records on six out of seven gravel events so we can expect more wins and more records as the season unfolds. Read More
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Wild 120kW Citroen C2

By - July 5, 2005 2 Pictures
July 6, 2005 Citroen UK has built a very special Citroen C2, christened the Citroen C2 Ninja, for Max Power Live, the UK's largest gathering of performance car and special car conversion fans, which boasts a very special body and a wild 120 kW engine. Valued at more than twice the normal Citroen C2's price tag, the Citroen C2 Ninja has a custom made turbo-charged engine that lifts power from 83 kW to 120 kW, a unique body kit, huge wings and spoilers and bulging wheel arches to accommodate its 18 inch alloy wheels. Inside is a sound system that is more than capable of drowning out all other sounds, while special upholstery and dashboard trim completes the visual feast. Read More
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Citroen shows drive-by-wire C5

By - June 24, 2005 3 Pictures
June 25, 2005 Citroen has revealed a fly-by-wire prototype C5 that has done away with all mechanical links between the driver and the car, along with the conventional pedals, to save weight, boost safety and cut costs. Already used in a variety of Citroen Show cars, such as the C-Crosser and the C-Airdream, the 'C5 by Wire' replaces the mechanical connections between controls (steering wheel, pedal assembly, etc.) and sub-systems (steering, brakes, etc.) with electronic computer-controlled connections in a production car for the first time. Not only have the pedals disappeared in the 'C5 by Wire', a special steering wheel now contains all the controls required by the driver for the steering, braking and acceleration. Read More
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WRC Turkey: Loeb and Citroen again

By - June 4, 2005 18 Pictures
June 5, 2005 Citroen continued its crushing domination of the 2005 World Rally Championship at the weekend with Sebastien Loeb's fourth win in a row after his complete domination of the Turkish round of the championship in his Citroen Xsara at the weekend (3-5 June 2005). Citroen has now won three Rallies of Turkey, Loeb has extended his world championship lead and with Carlos Sainz being brought out of retirement to bolster the speed of the second car finishing in fourth place, Citroen's bid to retain its manufacturer's title is back on track as it moved to within four points of leader Peugeot (72 points). Read More
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The Citroen Chevrons: Much More Than A Badge

By - March 20, 2005 11 Pictures
The Citroen Double Chevron badge is much more than one of the most famous brand marks in the world, it is constant reminder to every other car maker that their products rely on a Citroen invention: The Helical Gear, which is used in every vehicle on the road. Before the helical gear, gearboxes were noisy with constant whining, gears were difficult to engage and, once engaged, they provided a far from reliable transfer of power. Andre Citroen changed all of that. His family company Engrenages Citroen, invented, licensed and produced the first helical gears and their distinctive herringbone teeth provided the company with its first and enduring badge, one that has just been given a facelift for the new Citroen C5 and Citroen C4. Read More

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