The Citroen DS4 Racing is scheduled to be shown at the Geneva Auto Show. There isn’t a week that goes by where I am NOT envious of my european friends and how they have such fantastic ‘hot’ hatchbacks to choose from and buy!!! Americans simply do not understand hatchbacks; which is why we have 5 on the market here or something like that. What choices do we have in the US for ‘hot hatches’? VW GTI, Audi A3, Ford Focus, Mini Cooper, and some weird 3-door Hyundai Velociraptor Roster Foster Pentacoster….
For the love of god, SOMEBODY buy PSA (Peugeot/Citroen/etc) and bring us these french hot hatches! Ford maybe? Buy PSA! Nissan, stop diddling around with the miserable current lineup you have in the US and bring us some Renault Meganes and Clios! VW, hurry up and buy Alfa Romeo so you can bring us theirs as well as the Audi A1, S3, RS3! Suzuki, bring us the Swift!
oh and the Citroen DS4 looks pretty damn wicked from where i’m seeing it. 1.6 liter 256hp mini-rocket (256hp out of 1.6L? wow).
src: Top Gear
“PARIS — US auto giant General Motors is to acquire up to seven percent of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen which will raise one billion euros ($1.35 billion) through a share sale, reports said on Tuesday.”
Not that it’s going to help with the issue you discuss:
“The Financial Times has reported that the alliance would see Peugeot and GM’s European subsidiary Opel Vauxhall jointly developing parts and engines in Europe for vehicles sold under their respective brands.”
Buick DS4 Racing in 2015! I will start the petitions now…..not that it’s going to help. Thanks for the info Olivier, I had no idea GM was getting into PSA!
Come on. Focus is too big for a hot hatch 😛
….and underpowered in its regular form….but they are bringing the ST here next year (this year?) so that will qualify, right!? 🙂
Well… It may be sporty but in my opinion it is still too big 😛 I’m european so my view may be slighly different than yours because you know… we usually dont drive gigantic boats on wheels with sweet sweet V8’s 😛
hey man! both my cars are 4 bangers, i ain’t got no V8…..yet. lol
We do have a lot of hot hatches in Europe indeed. Way too many, if you ask me… In fact, almost every new hatchback is designed to be a hot hatch, which does not imply they are. But all try to look dynamic.
Why don’t you have them? NOT because those companies are not owned by a US company! (I don’t think I like the company who prevented Saab from surviving has a share in Peugeot and Citroen now…). It is just because you don’t have a market for those hot hatches. In Europe, the hatchback is the mainstream sold type of model. Try buying a large sedan here…
Have you seen the new Mercedes A Class being unleashed? That’s hot!