1980, some five years after Robert Opron had left CitroŽn for Renault,
the Bureau d'Etudes, under the direction of Jean Giret, turned from the
soon to be launched BX and concentrated its energies on working on a replacement for the CX.
This task was undertaken without the knowledge or approval of Xavier
Karcher and therefore without any formal design brief.
basis on which Giret's team operated was a re-dimensioned CX and the
car was fitted with a two piece tailgate allowing a classic boot or
hatchback configuration as desired. Frontal treatment was not
dissimilar to that of the BX.
had made it clear to CitroŽn that the CX was to be the last "quirky"
CitroŽn. When Art Blakeslee discovered this model, he ordered it
to be destroyed - and PSA then imposed its personnel in the Bureau at