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Citroen Goes For Retro-Chic.

With vintage being such a trend these days, it was only a matter of time before it spilled over into car design.

Citroen will shortly be jumping right on the bandwagon, although very little about the model itself is known yet.

Retro design is not a ground-breaking idea in the car world: Morgan’s look like the blueprints were conceived back in 1930s (not that that’s a criticism), while the Mercedes SLS AMG was clearly based on the 300SL Gullwing.

But these are at the more exclusive end of the market. There is little choice of a true attempt at vintage chic on the common-market. In fact the Fiat 500 is the pioneer, with the Nissan Fiagro trailing somewhere behind. But Citroen are going to be upping the ante when the 3CV (Trois Chevaux) supermini is finally released, thought to be in 2013.

Citroen say that the 3CV is based on the spirit of the Ami 6, which is good because the Ami 6 was not exactly the prettiest car ever made, although it did have a slightly rustic charm about it. The 3CV’s design is not quite a blast from the past in the same way that the Figaro is, but the retro influences in the doors and wings are actually quite nice to look at. I particularly like the way the rear arches blend into the bumper, but I’m not sold on the front-grille: it looks like a plastic retainer, the kind some adolescent is presented with when his brace is removed. Overall though, it looks like everyday-car design might start getting a bit more eccentric in the near future, which is no bad thing in: if it’s not designed to handle like a dream (which your average car really isn’t on the whole), then at least make it something interesting to behold!

Well done, Citroen.

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