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2022 Citroen C5 Rendered After Spy Shots, Will Be Brand's Flagship Car

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2022 Citroen C5 Rendered After Spy Shots, Will Be Brand's Flagship Car​


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While Peugeot has taken another crack at a midsize sedan with the stunning 508, sister brand Citroën is seeing things differently. It too will soon have a competitor in this segment, but as you can see, it's far from being a conventional four-door sedan like the old C5 axed in 2017. It's more along the lines of a sedan, wagon, and SUV all rolled into one oddly shaped car with an eccentric design typical of the double chevron.

With automakers obsessed to turn nearly all their cars into crossovers and SUVs, the new C5 will also ride slightly high and wear plastic body cladding around the wheel arches. Still unofficial, the adjacent rendering is more than just a shot in the dark as it takes after the spy photos we published only a few days ago.

 

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Just got my first Moderna shot yesterday at the Indy VA Medical Center. Just a little sore in the right arm. Maybe I'll get an opportunity this Summer to drive some more of the stuff from the PSA branch. In 2019, I'd driven a rental 2008 - good driver - and a C3 which was definitely a quirky but very adequate car, and as for the first attempted merger with Renault, I picked up a Megané hatch at Nuremberg airport in Sep 19, which was a nice ride, and did well on A3 at over 100 MPH. That was ironically in Frankfurt where you'd think the rental agencies would have more Opels.

Opel HQ in Rüsselsheim is 2 trainstops on the RE3 (Regio Express - regional express) on the way westerly from Frankfurt to Mainz/Wiesbaden from the FRA airport, and the Opelwerke stop is the 3d. You literally get off at Rüsselsheim Bhf (Bahnhof - train station) next to the old Opel factory.

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Background on my travels: I'm in the Army Reserve in a unit near MAINZ, and live in the INDY area. Uncle Sam only covers $500 of my flights, which I can pick up for about $7-800, and housing on the Army, for weekend drills. For active duty periods (14 day Annual Training, schools, etc.) travel allowances are fully funded.

On drills, I fly Delta. International flights come into Terminal 2. Sometimes I pay the extra and get the rental at FRA, if I want to go somewhere that's not easy to get to from the local train stations, or the busses don't run regularly enough - like the small Black Forest village where my family emigrated from in 1850. On one occasion, it made more sense to get it at the Sixt at Mainz Hbf (Hauptbahnhof - main train station), which was the first train station I ever set foot in, outside of the airport station, which is not a typical station - more of a train stop. Actually, until recently, the FRA airport rail connection was two separate train stops. The regional trains were under the main terminal, and the long distance trains are straddled between the Autobahn A3 and Bundesstrasse (Federal Highway) B43 in the ground level (really underneath) of the "Squaire" which houses businesses, hotels, restaurants, etc, in this spaceship-looking building, that was referred to as a "groundscraper" in a recent article about Lufthansa moving some 850 personnel out of it. More COVID fallout.

The positive things going on at FRA are the conversion of the old Rhine-Main Air Force Base side into Terminal 3 and a new people mover that begins next to the Sheraton hotel skywalk, which is several minutes closer to the train stations. Of course, it will not be done until next January. Note that the difference between the orange stop (a) on the new people mover doesn't look like a large improvement from the green (g) main stop in Terminal 1, but it's huge on the ground, especially if you're flying international in Terminal 2. Also, they've already converted the old Gateway Gardens - which was the European Theater gateway transient housing facility run by USAFE (US Air Forces in Europe) - into a big civilian office and hotelier complex. I stayed there a year ago today, then woke up to an announcement that they were closing the US border on Friday, so I hopped the last thing smoking back to DTW.
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TL;DR - German trains are fun, but they have been particularly problematic for timeliness the last decade, due to general deferred maintenance and expansion of the national transportation system. Privatizing Deutsche Bahn has not helped.

I like European trains and being able to get around by good public transportation has it's benefits, especially in old world settings where everything is connected by rail. It's typically better than public transportation in the US. However, contrary to urban legend, German trains do not run like clockwork these days. Swiss do, notoriously so, except in rush hour in Zurich, as do the Austrians, I think, but Germany has so much rail and road construction going on that it has really messed up schedules the last decade. I've been on delayed trains in Germany that caused me to miss connections that would normally be well outside the necessary time. Once, on a train from Nuremberg to Frankfurt, we had to detour around bridge construction, swing up to Fulda from Würzburg, sit in the middle of the station for 15 minutes waiting for a slot in a different rail line so we could head back down and over to Frankfurt. If you look on a map, the distances between the 3 cities (Frankfurt, Würzburg, and Fulda) are roughly the same and would make a rough equilateral triangle, so we made a considerable detour. Two years ago, I hopped the train from FRA over to Wiesbaden Hbf to meet one of my Soldiers, who lived up in Giessen, and was going to our unit, which is SW of Wiesbaden on the Mainz side of the Rhein. I was concerned about being late - it was a weekday, and the train schedules were all messed up. I found out why when he got there. A bridge construction project on the main arterial roads north of Frankfurt was causing major backups on the roads and people were taking trains that normally drove, which messed up train schedules to boot.
 

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