WTF Car? Awards: Citroen C3 Pluriel Charleston

Posted by The Insider at 11:40 am on Friday January 23, 2009

Winner of the Shameless Historical Pillaging Award…

There’s little to get a car enthusiast more indignant than when a manufacturer starts ram-raiding its own back catalogue for a cynical dose of nostalgia. The Citroen C3 Pluriel is a dog of thing.

Bold idea maybe, but ballsed up royally from start to finish. ‘So’, reasons Citroen, ‘maybe we can shift a few more of these snotboxes by evoking the spirit of the 2CV.’ (Not, we should admit, a direct quote).

To make matters worse, it’s the most staggering half-hearted attempt we’ve ever witnessed. The original Charleston wasn’t even that much to shout about, just an iffy two-tone black and maroon paint job and a few toys. And now the Pluriel Charelston appears with much the same, minus the charm.

Where’s the crimpled bonnet, the sardine tin roof, the lethal suspension, the boot full of chickens?

Agree with this? Wade in below. We’ll add up the total number of comments on each of the WTF Car? Award posts to work out the overall winner, so type carefully.

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  1. Ivanhoe Trousers said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I looked at one of these and it took the salesman 45 minutes to get the roof down. And he was a Ccitroen salesman! After his life and death struggle with the roof (and leaving me holding the roofbars as there’s nowhere to store them in the car) I said I’d get back to him. That was 3 years ago and I’m convinced he’s still waiting for the phone to ring, in a car with no roof.

  2. Svrallo Svrallone said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    pluriel, i dont care the paint, it’s just a pluriel. i don’t like it

  3. djimbob said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This looks like an amphibious car! Somebody should at least try to drive it into that river… see what happens!

  4. Tom TG said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Why have a citroen in the first place? Never mind one that looks like a mangled dog.

  5. skul said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    what happens when you enlarge a ladybird to 10 times is original size?

    you get the citroen c3 pluriel

    i must say it really is a looker…

    if youre french that is

  6. Ricardo said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The Pluriel works fantasticly for french girls, I tell you that!

    When you take into account the Micra CC and the Ka CC, the Pluriel actually makes sense. They’re simply aimed at the feminine market.

  7. Mikeado said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    So it might have a market, but it’s so poorly executed.

    I didn’t realise Citroen themselves actually did this. I thought it was from one of those tuners that would star in ‘Fazination’ for giving Gulf colours to a Hummer! That’s poor, Citroen. The only way we can forgive you is if you build the GT well (some say it’s going into limited production with a V8 & AWD!!).

  8. Ragnam said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I love this car. It’s so cute… My uncle has one and we had to live with it for 2 weeks in France and we survived, so it can’t be that bad. But it was grey and I never had to sit in it. We were always driving around in my dad’s car (a Ford Galaxy)

  9. tejas said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    EVERY CAR IN THIS BLOG IS A TRUE WINNER HOW CAN U DIFF. BTW THEM AND CHOOSE A WINNER SUCH A TOUGH COMPETITION MORE CLOSE FOUGHT THAN ANYTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN. WHAT A TOUGH FIGHT!!!!!

  10. wannahunt said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    if you turned it upside down and positioned a small child at each corner it would make an excellent see saw type thingy.

  11. Lee Lawd said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like a french frog that has been booted up the the backside

  12. The Stiglet said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like it’s crashed into a Dame Edna, minus the specs

  13. Wyvern said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:38 am Link to comment Report comment

    If this is aimed at the female market, its appeal is lost on me. It’s hideous, and also not very well thought out. This was the car that inspired the ‘Cars That Sound Like Diseases’ game (alongside the Lotus Ebola… sorry, Evora). Thanks to a friend of mine, it will forever be the Citroen Pleurisy. The Charleston version was just the unattractive icing on an already unpalatable cake. If I should ever pass one in the street, I will be compelled to point and laugh.

  14. RWF said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:12 am Link to comment Report comment

    I will not even drive that car into a lake. I will just push it in and call it, Le Frog!!

  15. Bailey said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:22 am Link to comment Report comment

    The citroen c3 is an awful looking car anyway without this messed up version, just pretend it doesn’t exist

  16. Shocker said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:47 am Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like the only car ever to leave the factory with a “D” Notice.

  17. darrenmoss said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it looks like a ford KA has landed on top of a citroen!

  18. Stigs' Evil Twin Bro said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like it was built of some part from other cars.

  19. jiggyb2 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    WHY MAKE A CAR THAT LOOKS LIKE A CLASSIC BUT ISN’T?
    ITS JUST A C3 WITH A HORRID PAINT JOB REALLY!
    I SAY- GET A PLURIEL IN A PROPER COLOUR INSTEAD OF PAYING MORE FOR THIS WEIRD AMPHIBIOUS LOOKING, FRENCH BUILT PILE OF JUNK

  20. Vincent said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this has to be the most weirdest car in the world! a hatch back-converible-4×4 that sentence is the main reason this car should be the winner of wtf car 2009

  21. 1000TC radiale said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    only few carmakers will survive. With this citroen has made speculation more easy. WTFCAR!

  22. lamp-hard said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    charleston deserve to stay in only one place. PAST

  23. Benji said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    One word ‘UGLY!’

  24. Emma said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    From Citroen’s website…
    “The C3 Pluriel attracts attention wherever it goes” They left out ‘By attention we mean you will get laughed and pointed at and not in a good way’

    “But the C3 Pluriel really turns heads when it’s in one of its five different body configurations – you just need to check the weather and decide which one you prefer today.”

    Yes it’ll turn heads, in a ‘WTF is that?!’ and let’s hope when you check the weather it’s foggy so nobody can see you!

  25. Skye said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’ve just noticed the picture is taken by the edge of a river. Was the photographer hoping to get it in the river? “Abit to the right…more…more…oh shame it’s in the river. Oh well”.

  26. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    all that protective plastic & user friendly size.. perfect for your blind pensionist, most wives and other trafically handiccaped. It was probably designed by a bloke whose c5 constantly gets dented and scratched in the lot where he parks by ppl who simply can´t drive..as an alternative to sniping them from your window this c3 is great thinking.. minimalize the damage shouvinist style..:D:D:D should not be on the wtf list !

  27. Rayz said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Luckily, no one has the balls to drive it!!!! er….Except maybe Gordon Brown.

    But thats only cos nobody told him he would look like an idiot. A bit like when he became prime minister.

    I warned him then, but he didnt listen. Now this is your official warning Brownage: Dont buy this car for the sake of your own reputation. And Scotlands!!!!!

  28. Kim said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car looks like a kidney perched on top of a loafer.

  29. Rayz said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    You sure this isn’t a LADA with a manky frock??

  30. Tom Servo said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s like a 2CV and a New Beetle had a love child, but the 2CV was screwing around on the side with a shopping trolley and some of the genes got mixed up.

  31. mr. Macstremist said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:34 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s a french beetle! they only came 30 years too late with this one… still, not the awfullest car in the WTF blog.

  32. Bumba said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 11:08 am Link to comment Report comment

    Thats just awfull! Or how we finish say it ´´Vitun ruma´´!

  33. Belgian said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 11:34 am Link to comment Report comment

    One of the ugliest and most dreadful cars I’ve ever seen

  34. From Hell said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    how many blondes does it take to remove the roof in a citroen pluriel ?

  35. me said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    47.

    it’s just…

    weird!

  36. Ema said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s just wrong!!!
    It looks like an angry fish on steroids…

  37. jeanclaude said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it’s ugly. A LOT!

  38. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:24 am Link to comment Report comment

    are they trying to kill the French? which might not be so bad..but WHAT IS THAT?????

  39. the stig 2 said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:29 am Link to comment Report comment

    it is shit

    wtf

  40. Autofiliac said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:22 am Link to comment Report comment

    Lovely car.Just LOVELY! If ur gay,live in Notting Hill and ur favorite TV-show is Queer eye for a straight guy,or whatever.For everybody else,its a bloody eyesore.Makes me wanna scratch my eyes out with a fork,an offence to everybody!But then again,that IS what the french does best,offend ppl!

  41. fallero said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it’s really a useless car. the idea is nice but thy’ re never sell the pluriel resprayed or not.

  42. lullaby said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    bad news for citroen,: This car is pointless.

  43. car buncle said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car is soooo hideously French I would not be surprised to find the wheel arches unshaven!

  44. Plough said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think it would be more fun to burn it. That would be so much more fun than having to look at it on your drive, or worse, having to drive the thing!

  45. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    that has to be the worst car here.is it aimed at first time drivers?because if it is i cant think of anyone who would have the nerve to drive it.except some city born french poof who knows more about fashion than cars.its so ugly useless and slow looking.looks like a turtle,could be slower aswell

  46. Aimee said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’d rather get a bus driven by an angry idiot of a bus driver than be seen in that…

  47. Oscar said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Citroen has taken an already horrid Citroen C3, went to an American used car dealer and found an Isuzu Vechicross, and thought… yes this is the car we will make the C3 look like…but instead we’ll give it a ridiculous name! Epic Fail

  48. I said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like one of those little plastic cars you used to play with when you were a toddler!
    What were they thinking?!

  49. Penry said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Don’t know if it’s pig ugly but it is hilarious, I can’t stop laughing when I see it. WTF!

  50. Canadian fan said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Pluriel means plural…YOU MEAN THERE ARE MORE TO COME!?!?!?!?!?

  51. California Stig said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Glad we don’t get Citroens here. Ugh.

  52. Dave T said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That car is horrific, it is a test to cameramen, “If you can make it look good, you can keep your job”

  53. FreedomFry said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s French… Need I say more

  54. European American said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Silly French, cars are for people who know what one should look like.

  55. alain said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    really horrible

  56. fire the banjos said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That’s freak, man! what a car!

  57. karloffson said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    that paintwork really don’t fit with the car body.
    what were they thinking!

  58. AbCat said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Citroen really should stop pretending to be ‘ahead of their time’.

    The styling on this one looks a little bit like a vagina, only without the desirability.

  59. Thomas said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    OMG this car is rubish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Kim said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    In a way it vaguely resembles a Ford Ka as if you’d looked at it through an old fashioned telescope.

  61. ambel said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this car is pig-ugly

  62. doobie said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i will never spend my money on this thing.

  63. governator said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i like it.
    I like to run on it with my hummers

  64. governator said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i will probably buy two or three of those just to throw them in melted iron

  65. belgian boy said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i now i good way to buy it :D
    jou buy it and donate it to a monstertruck race hehe

  66. red said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    its red

  67. Morgan said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    1 word. 1 meaning. And that word is. . .
    CRAP

  68. mg bugger said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 12:54 am Link to comment Report comment

    lovely…

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