Why the Citroën C5 didn’t make a soft landing

In 2001 Citroën exchanged the razor-sharp lines of the Xantia and XM for the less subtle curves of their joint successor, the C5. A car that, despite its ingenious new suspension system, did not make a soft landing.

Citroëns are not usually bite-sized chunks. Fortunately, because cars that should appeal to everyone were and are already enough. In the 90s things went a bit in the wrong direction with Citroën in this regard. Under the leadership of PSA CEO Jacques Calvet, the brand threatened to become a poor imitation of Peugeot. But there was hope, in the form of the Xsara Picasso, which single-handedly proved that Citroën could build a wonderfully refreshing Âmodel on its own. Just when that good atmosphere was in place, the all-new top model C5 appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, successor to both the elegant Xantia and the award-winning XM. But …

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