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Robin Brown

Sid Vicious also had a somewhat pithier view of the 'man on the street'.


I may be old enough to help here...

My family used to run Citroens back in the 1970s and they loved them. The first car I ever drove was a GS estate and it was weird. Handbrake that was a strange shaped handle on the dashboard, non-self-cancelling indicators, hydropneumatic suspension, brake pedals with negligible movement. All things that had good reasons for existing.

However, the man in the street compared them to the contemporary Ford Escort and thought that they were over-complicated and weird, which led to low sales and truly epic depreciation.

Citroen's reputation in those times was legendary with certain areas of the car press (Car magazine being a prime example) but the legend didn't translate to high sales levels and so Citroen went mainstream starting with the BX. Sales improved, depreciation was less horrific.

I think that now there's a fear of going back to the bad old days where the cars were idiosyncratic but unpopular. No sales, no Citroen.


The issue will make a difference if the customer will have to pay lower taxes to a downsized model. Whilst this is the case for the different engine related versions of one model, this is apparently not the case with regards to ancillary power demand. Seems that there is some call for action here, refining CO2 taxes!

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