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New Asterix movie with a Citroen tank

by Stewart Cole

In the latest collaboration between filmmakers and car manufacturers, Citroen has teamed up with Pathé, Trésor Films and Editions Albert René to unveil a chariot based on the iconic 2CV. The collaboration is inspired by the upcoming French film Astérix & Obélix: The Middle Kingdom which will hit theaters next year.

The film is an adaptation of a French comic that was created in 1959 and has spawned over 15 films and cartoons to date. For those who don’t know, the series revolves around the eponymous protagonists living in the last free village of Gaul surrounded by Romans and their adventures and exploits.

Sticking to the period-inspired look, the main body of the chariot, while styled like the 2CV’s cab, is made entirely of oak. The roof is made of canvas, while the wheels are redesigned shields inspired by those used by the Gauls in the series. Meanwhile, the suspension is made from “boar’s stomach,” while the spotlights on the roof are repurposed French helmets powered by fireflies that have tried “the magic potion” (a reference to the magic potion brewed by the Gaulish druid Getafix that gives the Galatians superhuman strength in the series).

The concept features the new Citroen logo at the rear, made entirely of metal, while the wheel arches also feature the Double Chevron.

The Chariot will be featured in the upcoming film, including a physical appearance and as an advertisement accompanied my message, “the 2CV, an incredible chariot made in Gaul, drawn by 2 horses.”

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