Before I get to my handy compendium of other people’s opinions, I’ll offer my own.
It’s not a Citroen C6 but something going by the same name. A proper Citroen C6 would be a vehicle for the French market which shared more than a badge with its illustrious* predecessor. Now that raises a problem relating to Eurocentricity. Quite fairly our Chinese cousins could ask why a car sold in their rather huge market doesn’t count. Would a hydropneumatic study in French elegance that sold one copy in Europe be more properly the bearer of the name even if 215,000 of these rebodied Peugeot 308s found customers.
As with the peculiar situation of Buick (a million units sold in China, about 300,000 sold in the US), Citroen has become unmoored from its home-market. The new “C6” is what Citroen sells in China and the name is coincidental. It’s annoying for worshippers at the altar of Andre Citroen (that might include me). The Chinese don’t mind and PSA love anything to do with selling cars, any cars under any name and with any shape acceptable to the customer.
This is Jalopnik´s view: “Good news: Citroën, the French maker of forbidden fruit for us Americans, has revived the C6 nameplate for a new sedan. Bad news: unlike the last C6, which was weird and magical and smooth as hell to drive, this new car approaches Passat levels of boring.” I would take issue with calling the Passat boring. It does precisely what every Passat has done and customers love it. It’s meant to be that way while Citroens are meant to be something else.
Top Gear can’t help titling their article as if the C6 was something European customers might want. They then go on to say “We were big fans of the old C6, which is why we’re a bit disappointed Citroen has chosen to revive the name for something we a) don’t get in this country and b) probably wouldn’t want anyway. Revealed at this week’s Beijing motor show, the new C6 is a China-only luxo-barge. And that’s pretty much all we know. We know not what’s under the bonnet, not how much it costs or how quick (or not) it is. Sorry. We do know that we don’t particularly like the looks. The old C6 wasn’t a thing of beauty, but it was bold, interesting and pretty unique. This thing is a bit generic, and for Citroen, who in Europe can make even an MPV look quite stylish, that simply won’t do.”
I don’t think Top Gear were really big fans of the car. Sure, they ran some articles such as the one where Paul Horrell compared it to a Land Rover and drove it to Paris to check this contention. They also called it one of the car of the year (2004?). Despite that the C6 was always painted as a choice for the deranged
Car Scoops doesn’t go with the 508-theory. They see it as a derivative of the Peugeot 308 platform. I think that’s even worse than basing it on the 508. “The French brand wasn’t alone on the project, as it was given a hand from its local partner, Dongfeng. In fact, the new C6 is basically a rebadged version of the Dongfeng Fengshen A9 with a slightly updated exterior and a more premium cabin. Riding on the PSA’s EMP2 platform, just like its smaller sibling, the Peugeot 308 Sedan, the Citroen C6 is more than 5 meters (197 in) long and has a 2.9 (114 in) meters wheelbase. Inside, it has a 12.3-inch LCD full-color digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen display, leather and Nappa upholstery, wood trim, panoramic sunroof, four-zone automatic air conditioning and new driver assistance systems.” The Car Scoops photo gallery is quite comprehensive. The Dongfeng Fengshen A9 is a Passat clone. Ain’t that ironic, Jalopnik.
AutoExpress ran the story that alerted us. You can get a press-releasy wodge of verbiage here. There are some statistics and a note that the C6 is a D-Segment car. Can you base a D-segment car on a C-segment car and call it a D-segment car?
*It wasn’t illustrious, was it?