Citroën C6 (detail)After a Renault and a Peugeot as 'My classics', this time it's the turn of a Citroën top model, in which 'top model' can be interpreted in several ways. It wasn't only a timeless beauty, but also the flagship of Citroën, with which it automatically ended up in a line of illustrious cars. There is therefore almost no piece of text about the Citroën C6, both written and spoken, that doesn't refer to the DS, SM and/or CX. And although there absolutely are references to those renowned predecessors in the lining of the C6 – you could fill a book with it – the C6 is also a magnificent design in itself. It's almost more than just a car design; somehow the C6 always reminds me of modern architecture.
The C6 and its predecessorsFrom 1955 to 2000 Citroën always had a
The C6 Lignage concept car and the production model of the C6Citroën's hesitation in putting a model in the
Concave rear window, integrated spoiler, digital counters and head-up display, hydropneumatic suspensionI recently read somewhere that Citroën wanted to sell an average of around 20,000 C6s per year, while in the end between 2005 and 2012 only around 23,000 were produced in total. Ouch...
The main reasons for this came from Germany: the Audi A6, BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class. These are the cars the buyers in the E-segment turn out to want. In the best sales year of the C6 in the Netherlands, 2006, Citroën sold 316 of it. In the same year, Audi sold the A6 to 4,111 Dutch customers, BMW sold 2,896 units of the 5-series and Mercedes-Benz 2,029 E-classes. Volvo then follows at a distance with 680 copies of the S80. If you look at the total sales for as long as the model was in production, 816 C6s were sold in the Netherlands. There are competitors that did even less, such as the Honda Legend or Lancia Thesis, but most competitors did considerably better, including other 'outsiders' like the Alfa Romeo 166, Jaguar S-type, Peugeot 607, Renault Vel Satis and even the Opel Signum. How is that possible?
The C6 and the competitors mentionedI really have no idea. If I were in the market for a routière, I would choose a C6 without a doubt. In fact: I'm not in the market at all for such a large car, and yet I'm tempted every time I pass a C6. The C6 never really gets across in photos, I think (that's why I called it problematic in the introduction), but every time I see a C6 in real life, I just have to look at it. And I never get tired of it. I could now describe all shapes, surfaces and references, walk through every detail, but that still wouldn't put into words why I think this design is so magnifique. If you don't see it, I can't make it clear to you. Tastes differ, that's just the it is. For me, however, the C6 is the ultimate classic and an absolute masterpiece. And perhaps the most beautiful car ever.
Would a C6 Break have made a difference? (Own design)
In the My classics section, I regularly add a model to my digital collection of classics. For that, I select cars whose design appeals to me or evokes memories. So nostalgia, and very subjective. Hence the section title: my classics.
In the next episode: In a sense the Car of the Century...