May 19, 2017 21:03 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

RAY MASSEY: Citroen rolls out a car fit for a president

RAY MASSEY: Citroen rolls out a car fit for a president

At his inauguration this week, French President Emmanuel Macron waved to the crowds through the sunroof of the new DS7 Crossback, which will arrive in British showrooms next February.

Ever fancied being driven around in a car fit for a president? Well now you can, for the price of a family SUV.

At his inauguration this week, new French President Emmanuel Macron waved to the crowds through the sunroof of the new DS7 Crossback, which will arrive in British showrooms next February.

Flanked by police outriders, Macron took to the boulevards of Paris in a fetching 'ink blue' version of the SUV.

New wave: French President Emmanuel Macron en route to his inauguration in a DS SUV

New wave: French President Emmanuel Macron en route to his inauguration in a DS SUV

The model is the first DS off-roader since the marque became a stand-alone entity, rather than a slightly posher range of Citroens. 

But DS limousines have long had an association with French presidential and government service.

AA device can predict when you'll break down

After a year-long trial involving 10,000 customers, the AA has launched Car Genie, a device that predicts a third of breakdowns. 

The small black box plugs into the car's electronic diagnostics system and reads what's going on under the bonnet, transmitting details to the owner's mobile phone.

The system costs £29 a year to AA members.

Orders are now open for a limited edition version called La Premiere, which is priced at an ooh-la-la £42,000, with kit including active scan suspension to identify potholes and speed bumps ahead. 

There are also swivel headlamps, leather seats and lots of bling.

Prices for the full range, which can be ordered from December, start at just less than £30,000 for the five-seater SUV, which has an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a choice of a 2l BlueHDi 180 hp diesel engine or a 1.6l 220 hp petrol. 

  • Volvo's new generation of diesel engines could be its last, says the firm's Swedish boss Hakan Samuelsson. They'll be around until 2023, but rules to crack down on nitrous oxides could make investment in cleaner diesel too expensive, he says. 

VAUXHALL'S 'YOUNG AT HEART' SUV IS TEMPTING OLDER DRIVERS

I played the generation game this week with Vauxhall's latest model, the nifty five-seater Crossland X compact SUV.

It's aimed primarily at young and 'young at heart' families — parents aged 35 to 50 with one or two children — who want a practical but stylish runaround to suit their active lifestyle — you can also run your smartphone through its dashboard.

Vauxhall's five-seater Crossland X compact SUV is aimed primarily at young and 'young at heart' families — parents aged 35 to 50 with one or two children

Vauxhall's five-seater Crossland X compact SUV is aimed primarily at young and 'young at heart' families — parents aged 35 to 50 with one or two children

But older couples are being tempted, too, with the higher ride height and ease of getting in and out a bonus.

I drove three and found them all nimble operators. The perky 1.2l 130 hp petrol, from £19,395, was especially fun to drive.

The entry-level SE trim 1.2l 81 hp petrol (from £16,555) and a top-of-the-range six-speed manual 1.6l CDTi (£21,380) are on sale now, with first deliveries in the summer.


Jim Clark was my first boyhood racing hero.

Now, a book celebrating his life and marking his death at just 32 in 1968 is helping keep his memory alive. 

A royalty from every sold copy of Jim Clark by Eric Dymock (above, £22.50, dovepublishing.co.uk) is being donated to raise funds for a museum in his honour in Duns in the Scottish Borders.

Sir Jackie Stewart, who is among the contributors to the book, describes his friend Clark as 'the best driver I ever raced with and against'.

  • British drivers behind the wheels of classic cars were out in force for the ultimate Italian Job this week — the 1,000-mile epic Mille Miglia run. I saw £1 billion of vintage vehicles lined up in Padova.
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