If cars really can be viewed as Art, where does this leave the 1999 Citroën Xsara Picasso?
Here at Driven to Write, we are fond of celebrating the worthy, the left of field and the more outlying inhabitants of our vehicular rich pageant. However, nobody in possession of the requisite technical or visual discernment would willingly choose to scribe a hymn of praise for the Citroën Xsara Picasso (to lend it its full name) – a motor vehicle which could perhaps only lay claim to the quality of mercy.
There have been many phases to the double chevron’s creative trajectory over the 100 years of its existence, and it would not be especially uncharitable to suggest that the Picasso model not only spoke eloquently of the vapid Kacher/ Calvet PSA era – ably abetted at Vélizy by the creative leadership of Art Blakeslee, but even by these tepid standards, a particularly misbegotten looking exemplar of the breed.
Which isn’t to suggest that it wasn’t in possession of many fine qualities. It would appear that not only did it fulfil its brief with competence and (relative) durability, but married this with affordability and a certain Depardieu appeal (of the Gérard variety) – one which in retrospect, Citroën perhaps might have played up to their advantage.
Nevertheless, for all its sins, the Picasso celebrates the 20th anniversary of its introduction, and by way of tribute, we invite you to click on the link and revisit this report by DTW reader and author, S.V Robinson, detailing his long-term Picasso-related findings.
[The related post was first published on Driven to Write on 2 June 2016.]