Luxury isn’t what it used to be. Jean Pierre-Ploué had a good go at imbuing the 2005 Citroen C6 with some high-quality touches. However…
… all the money was spent on exotic wood and the world’s biggest plastic rear bumper. By the time he worked his way around to the upper doors there remained only enough resources for a remarkably tiny door-mounted tray. It’s not chromed either. This one is unusual in that it is not in the centre console. I had to check it was the front: it seemed so natural to have a rear passenger ashtray on the door. Presumably the same assembly works in the back too.
It is not as if there wasn’t room in the car for a centre-console ashtray. I could imagine a lot of French ministerial chauffeurs threw their Gauloises butts out onto the pavement around the Elysée. I do sometimes wonder about how thoroughly management look at the work of their designers. Of course, micro-management is unhelpful yet often the reverse is the case: an indifference to the handling of basic elements of a car. This ashtray is wholly tokenistic and not worth the effort. It calls into question the rest of the car, wouldn’t you say?
[Photos courtesy of our correspondent in Hamburg whose fine blog can be found here: auto-didakt. Highly recommended.]