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Spotted in China: Citroen Elysee VIP in white

Published on March 22, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Citroen Elysee VIP in white

A wondrous white Citroen Elysee VIP, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far east of Beijing. The good old Cit’ was in fine shape, with a clean body and smooth paint, and mostly original. Sadly, there was some rot and rust all around. The Elysee VIP is a stretched variant of the Citroen Elysee sedan, extended by 16 centimeter in the middle for more space in the back.

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The extension is located in the B-pillar, between the front and rear door. The rear door has the same length as on the regular version. Wheelbase grew by

The Elysee was a China-only Citroen sedan, it was the successor of the Citroen Fukang, which was based on the European Citroen ZX. The Elysee was made in China by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture, production started in 2003.

The first major facelift came in 2010 when the name was changed to c-Clysee. The c-Elysee continued all the way until 2015 (!!!) when it was finally replaced by the all-new Citroen c-Elysee.

The VIP was made from 2005 and 2010, and exist thus only as Elysee, not as c-Elysee.

The Elysee VIP was powered by a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 105hp and 142nm, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Top speed was a reasonable 175km/h.

Size VIP: 4505/1707/1413, and wheelbase is 2700.

The Dongfeng-PSA joint venture was very creative with the good old ZX, besides the VIP they also manufactured a crazy van-version.

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This is how 15 centimeters looks inside. It translates in quite a lot of extra space for the legs. The leather seats are standard, but the trendy LV floor mats are after market.

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More leather and more LV floor mats. Plastic-wood panels need a good cleanup. Radio is not original, but the kinky gear knob is.

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License plate is as old as the car. Note the tiny mirrors.

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The VIP badge on the front fender.

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Alloys are factory standard. Antenna reaches high enough to reach the moon.

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The Dongfeng Citroen badge. Citroen and Peugeot each have their own badge within the joint venture, a practice that continues until today. The 16-v badge is for the engine.

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Optional sun roof, and sadly a very ugly rust patch on the passenger door.

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A standard sized Elysee seen close to my home.

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