It's an open secret that my automotive heart doesn't just beat for Saab alone. Brands like Alfa Romeo or Citroën also take a certain part. I have a lot in common with Citroën in particular. Privately and in the company, the vehicle fleet was once firmly in the hands of the brand with the double chevron. If Saab hadn't shown up, I might be writing a Citroën project today. I don't want to rule it out.
Citroën, my other car brand
The Citroën story began in early childhood on the red back seat of a DS. That influences a whole life, because anyone who got his automotive imprint in a DS will never get rid of it. Unfortunately, the DS only belonged to my neighbor and not to our family. Nevertheless, I had the pleasure of floating through the world with the DS on a weekly basis. Later, a CX replaced the goddess. Another followed, and it would probably have gone on endlessly if my neighbor hadn't moved back to Berlin in 1989. The Wall had fallen, Berlin was a free city, and the time spent in Bavarian asylum was over.
The neighbor left. But the floating remained.
Many years later I finally started to levitate myself. After I had spontaneously sunk my Mazda RX 7 in a ditch in Upper Bavaria, I ran into a BX. An innovative car whose vision had never been fully understood in Germany. My Citroën dealer recognized the opportunities that arose, and it wasn't just a Citroën. Many more followed, including the odd limited edition model I should never have sold.
I still like the brand today as it saved a few things over time which I appreciate. Citroën is far from the premium claim of some manufacturers, but the cars are affordable, unpretentious and have a high utility value. The lack of vanity is something that is hard to find these days. Something that, along with ingenious innovations, has always been part of the core of the brand.
Because which brand already afforded the balancing act between 2CV and DS
Now, after many years, there is a Citroën in the family again. A Berlingo - which a friend said driving it was like a holiday on wheels - enriches our fleet. The decision was a return to basics that we have never looked back on. The Berlingo is an uncomplicated, relaxed car in the best brand tradition. It slows down everyday life, is cheap to maintain and reliable.
Incidentally, more reliable than my German premium make, which I currently (still) use as a company car.
And now? A few months ago I received a package from my other brand of car. Then came the new building, the move, the package stayed put. It was almost forgotten, other things came to the fore. Now it's back on my desk.
So go ahead, let's finally unpack it
Of course, there is something from Citroën in it, and this week I invite the readers to a short trip to the brand with the double chevron. I promise it will be unconventional, entertaining and pleasantly analogue. Because our friends on the other side of the Rhine always do things differently and come up with good ideas. You just have to want to get involved.