The unity of technology and art.
As should be expected of any modern,
high performance luxury sedan, the CX embodies such features as front wheel
drive, fully independent suspension, ventilated anti-lock disk brakes, variable
power steering, monocoque unit body construction, and more.
The superiority of the CX, however,
results not from any one single feature, but from its total concept. It is a
result of technology designed to attain the highest standards of driving
performance, comfort, and safety. This has meant discarding many traditions and
popular gimmicks, and designing, instead, an automobile replete with genuinely
creative engineering ideas and innovative solutions.
For example, the CX has a
hydro pneumatic suspension system that provides a level of riding comfort and
security impossible to achieve with steel springs. It has the longest wheelbase
of any standard production car in the world, thereby providing interior space
unavailable in any other standard-size sedan. Its ergonomic design provides the
driver with finger-touch response and promotes a degree of driving enjoyment,
safety, and security never before attained.
Even the name "CX" reflects a specific
aspect of its superiority. "Cx" is the notation used by engineers to denote the
co-efficient of drag: a measure of aerodynamic streamlining. (When the first
streamlined CX design came out of the wind tunnel in 1975, the rest of the
automotive world had barely begun to think about it.) It is, therefore, a name
befitting the automobile which, along with its predecessors from Citroen,
pioneered the concept of aerodynamic efficiency.
Equally important, the CX demonstrates
convincingly that aerodynamic streamlining can produce a beautifully sculptured,
Modern design, however, requires more
than low frontal drag. As important are low cross-wind effects, efficient weight
distribution for low center of gravity, minimum overhang beyond wheels,
efficient internal volume, structural rigidity, passenger safety, and
The CX meets each of these criteria
brilliantly. It is a car whose design is truly timeless.