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The Citroen Nemo fails the elk test

By Rigval on 05 May 2010

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To those who intend to purchase a Citroen Nemo or a Peugeot Bipper Tepee do consider asking one or two important questions; does it come with ESP and if it does not, is there an option to get it fitted? This is because the Nemo when subjected to the elk test turned turtle.

The ADAC, which is Germany's Automobile Association and Which? Magazine conducted a group test on the mechanically similar Fiat Qubo, Peugeot Bipper Tepee and the Citroen Nemo Multispace. The elk test conducted meant that the cars were driven towards a chicane at 90km/h, then at the chicane a swerve maneuver, left and right as if avoiding a stray animal (like an elk) crossing the road. This test was mad famous when the original Mercedes A-class failed it spectacularly.

The Fiat Qubo passed the test as the model tested was equipped with an optional Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The next car tested was the Citroen Nemo, which wasn't equipped with ESP and when going through the elk test, landed on its roof. The Peugeot version wasn't tested as it didn't feature ESP also and obviously the testers did not want to risk a repeat incident.

Both Citroen and Peugeot do not offer ESPs on both vehicles in petrol forms and only as an option in the diesel version.There seems to be a diesel version of the Citroen sold in Singapore and from the looks of it, ESP isn't specced. So people looking to buy this Citroen should better check to see whether it now has such an option. Those that have bought one should see if the dealer can retrofit such a system as it may be dangerous. Even that the mostly slow average speeds of vehicles in Singapore it may be dangerous as it still rains, and accidents do happen.

I do know that the PSA group aren't taking things seriously enough as a spokesman said that the elk test is too severe and their normal test procedures do not include it. I'm sorry but I have to disagree. These vehicles are vehicles that are still used on highways and also speed unlimited places like the Autobahn. An incident resulting in emergency manuvers may happen at speeds in excess of 90km/h. I mean, 90km/h is not that fast. It is the speed limit for most urban highways all around the world.

In fact Citroen will only fit the ESP standard on diesel Nemos from September of this year, and petrol models will get it even later as they haven't developed one yet. Fiat and Peugeot will follow suit. But no actual news from them too on this. Amazing. Utterly amazing.

Click here to see the video of the test if you're interested in watching a Nemo bite the dust.

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Source:Autoexpress

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Rigval
Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.



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Optix May 07 2010 01:43 PM
You might have unknowingly written the article with a bias. There are many models of Hondas, Toyotas, Mitsubishis, Kias and Hyundais that are not equipped with ESP (or their equilvalent) plying the roads in Singapore. So don't go on a witch hunt against PSA.
Rigval May 07 2010 03:24 PM
check out the video and see if there is a bias in the test.

Of course, recently Lexus had to do the same for its large 4x4 in the U.S. where the ESP is late in reacting to a drastic maneuver but it didnt cause a flip. But this is more relevant since the Pug is sold here.

Its just that since we are aware (with some sort of proof) that there is a chance of something being sold in SG that is capable of rolling over, I think the article is very appropriate.
Optix May 13 2010 02:06 AM
Let me quote your article:

"There seems to be a diesel version of the Citroen sold in Singapore and from the looks of it, ESP isn't specced. So people looking to buy this Citroen should better check to see whether it now has such an option. Those that have bought one should see if the dealer can retrofit such a system as it may be dangerous. Even that the mostly slow average speeds of vehicles in Singapore it may be dangerous as it still rains, and accidents do happen.

I do know that the PSA group aren't taking things seriously enough as a spokesman said that the elk test is too severe and their normal test procedures do not include it. I'm sorry but I have to disagree. These vehicles are vehicles that are still used on highways and also speed unlimited places like the Autobahn. An incident resulting in emergency manuvers may happen at speeds in excess of 90km/h. I mean, 90km/h is not that fast. It is the speed limit for most urban highways all around the world.

In fact Citroen will only fit the ESP standard on diesel Nemos from September of this year, and petrol models will get it even later as they haven't developed one yet. Fiat and Peugeot will follow suit. But no actual news from them too on this. Amazing. Utterly amazing. "

I hope you can write in an unprejudiced manner in the future (i can live with the plagiarism).

For your info, the following top selling cars sold in SG are not equipped with ESP or equivalent:

- Toyota Corolla Altis
- Honda Jazz
- Kia Cerato Forte
- Hyundai Avante

Utterly Amazing.
Rigval May 13 2010 08:01 AM
The vehicles you mentioned are cars. Have you ever heard of a car rolling over? This is a mini van. It has a higher center of gravity. Much higher than the CARS you mentioned.

Have you ever driven a mini van fast? I have..it is sooooo much easier to topple one than any of the cars you mentioned.



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