The Future of Mobility: Citroen AMI ONE

I am writing this article in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public transportation is nearly empty most of the time, while the government has suggested people to avoid it. The alternative to public transportation typically ends with private transportation, which for most of us is a car. Yet using a car for a short commute is too much and sometimes even a small car can be a huge hassle to park.

Citroen AMI ONE could be a solution for the personal transportation issue, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It is small, cute and manufactured by Citroen (I am hoping that it won’t breakdown). It is fully electric and the ideal size for the urban commute.

Ami One Concept reaches a top speed of 28mph (45km/h) with zero CO2 emissions. With a range of 62 miles (100km)

I think the future of commuting will rely heavily on public transportation and vehicle like the Citroen AMI ONE. What do you think?

Citroen AMI ONE

Citroen AMI ONE

Citroen AMI ONE

Citroen AMI ONE


The Clothes Show Live from Olympus Pen | #olympusPENgeneration

The Clothes Show Live from Olympus Pen camera. Few days ago, I attended to The Clothes Show Live 2014. I wasn’t there as a blogger, just a visitor. While I was going around the venue area, I saw the Olympus stand with their mirror-less digital camera, Pen. And they were very kind to lend me one for one-hour and take some photos.
The Olympus Pen is a really good camera. You have the all DSLR function and you don’t need to bear the weight of a DSLR. Of course, DSLRs are easier to use thanks to their buttons and knobs but they are bulky. Olympus Pen also offers changeable lens and like in a DSLR, you can replace your lens with different selections.
Here are the results from the Olympus Pen Generation.
(Starbucks, Diet Coke, Miss Birmingham, Alcatel, Conde Nast, Peugeot, Citroen, FSL Clothing)


Leica X2 Product Review

The X2 is the latest compact camera from Leica housing a DSLR sensor (APS-C CMOS), and offers full manual control like that found in a DSLR camera. Thanks to dials placed on the X2, it is really easy to change the shutter speed and focal length. In many compact cameras and some DSLR cameras, these functions are frequently hidden under the menus where you really have to browse through the menus just to change the shutter speed. In my personal opinion, the design of Leica X2 is really ergonomic and makes it extremely easy to control the settings.

The principal functions of the Leica X2 are namely automatic program (P), automatic aperture priority (A), automatic shutter priority (S), and manual setting (M). You choose the appropriate menu by selecting the A mode on the dial or by selecting the desired values. Of course, you need to be familiar with photography to get the most out of these settings; otherwise the results may not be at their full potential. However, having these easy controls will also allow you to become familiar with the fundamentals of photography with ease.

The main advantage of the APS-C sensor within the X2 is the improved image quality thanks to the ability of larger sensors, which bring in more light than those, which are smaller ones. Even in low light conditions. Moreover, you don’t need to bear the extra weight of a DSLR camera, and fundamentally the Leica X2 is a camera with a DSLR sensor, which can fit right into your pocket.

The Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH lens is Leica made as well and is comprised of, 8 elements in 6 groups, as well as 1 aspheric element. The 8 elements are a major plus for improved picture quality, when you have less elements in a lens, the light received by the sensor gets better. Moreover, the f/2.8 value (it goes up to 16) enables the sensor to receive more light, which creates blurred backgrounds.

Also, the Elmarit lens gives you amazing results and extreme sharpness and detail on the pictures. This does not happen coincidently as Leica is renowned as one of the best lens manufacturers in the world and their lenses are used in a wide range of areas.

The ISO levels on the Leica X2 are; 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, and 12500. However I never needed to use more than ISO 400 as the APS-C sensor receives a lot of light in any conditions. Even in low light, the Leica X2 produces very good pictures. Back to ISO levels, it is not good to use high ISO levels, because this increases the noise level in the picture and reduces the quality. Therefore, go for the lowest ISO level, mount the cameras on a tripod, reduce the aperture value and increase the shutter speed. For the X2, Leica should have a lower ISO than ISO 100, because in many cases the camera receives more than enough light and I felt the lack of a lower than ISO 100 level.

Image saving formats are DNG and JPG with fine and super fine levels. However, the Leica X2 does not enable you to save solely to DNG files, but you have to save with a JPEG copy as well. Unfortunately, this consumes memory space and extra work to delete JPEG files when you transfer the pictures into your computer.

Lastly, I really like the gold-coated USB connection port and the battery performance. Gold is the most conductive material and improves the data transfer speeds! Other disadvantages of the X2 include no video recording facility, but this is of course not critical for everyone. Another point is that the macro focus range starts from 30 cm and sometimes you may struggle but not a big problem as well. Many people never use macro function at all.

Every product has downsides but you can compensate these with the superior advantages. This is especially relevant to the Leica X2, which boasts great ergonomics, ease of use, and superb picture quality, which of course cannot be ignored. Also the battery performance was more than adequate. I did not need to recharge the battery for two days.

Finally, Leica X2 is an excellent camera from packaging to picture quality. You will not be disappointed with your purchase, and also you will have a DSLR performance that can fit into your pocket without any extra weight and a complex menu structure. Also, during the events I attended with Leica X2, you will be treated as a professional photographer and receive plenty of attention!

Photos were taken in: Birmingham City Centre, University of Birmingham Business School, Main Campus and Vale Village Mason Hall, London SMMT.

The price of Leica X2 is £1500 and more information is available on Leica’s website.
The rest of the photos are in Cars & Life Facebook Album.
Night Photos
Train travelling around 200 km/h

50 Years of James Bond: Bond Cars And Bond Girls Part 2

Here is the second part of the Bond Cars and Bond Girls. Placing all photos in one article will increase time to read, so I separated the post into parts.

The Man with Golden Gun (1974) (Roger Moore)
Britt Ekland
AMC Hornet
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) (Roger Moore)
Barbara Bach
Lotus Esprit S1
Moonraker (1979) (Roger Moore)
Lois Chiles
MP Lafer
For Your Eyes Only (1981) (Roger Moore)
Carole Bouquet

Octopussy (1983) (Roger Moore)
Maud Adams
Range Rover Convertible
A View to Kill (1985) (Roger Moore)
Tanya Roberts
The Living Daylights (1987) (Timothy Dalton)
Maryam D’abo
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
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United Artists

Citroën Girls at CV Show Birmingham

Citroen had one of the best stand in CV Show 2012 in Birmingham. They have designed the stand with an airport concept! The taxi way, grass, parking spaces and hostesses were perfect!


Commercial Vehicle Show 2012, Birmingham

Today for the first time I visited a commercial vehicle show, Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show 2012. Similar to passenger vehicle show, they were many new technologies and new vehicles, however I don’t have adequate knowledge to compare or judge the vehicles like I do it with passenger vehicles.

Commercial vehicles are totally different, even their marketing is different. People never buy a commercial vehicle because they want one, they buy it because they need one! This is the difference between passenger vehicle and commercial vehicles, wants and needs!

So, before the show finishes I highly suggest you to visit it. Because, you will see the new gorgeous Mercedes-Benz Actros, E-Vito (Electric powered), Unimog. Also, Citroën has a great show and one of the best stand in CV Show! You should see it. Ford revealed the new Tourneo and Transit, also they have a 3.2-lt diesel Ranger pick-up. Peugeot also features an electric vehicle. MAN features only two tow trucks but you can see how a diesel engine looks like from inside. Lastly, you can play a remote control LGV model and try to park in reverse! And there are lots of many industrial products that I am not interested at all. And some models!

Still, worth a visit :) It will be open until Thursday from 08:30 to 17:30
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Citroën DS4 with The Saturdays

Stunning British and Irish pop music group, The Saturdays (Frankie, Mollie, Vanessa, Rochelle and Una) will reveal their new single, 30 Days, on May 13. Before that, they released video clip! So, why I am telling this? This is not a music blog and you may think, nothing can be related with cars. Actually, new Citroen DS4 took place in the video clip and it caught my interest. Unfortunately, I never listened any album of The Saturdays! Thanks to Citroën, this is the first time :)

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Citroën Saxo in reliability test

I always had some doubts with reliability of French cars; Renault, Peugeot and Citroën. They are not like German cars, but they are not that bad either. French cars tend to make more noise, love to visit workshop more often, interior parts may not look that nice, you might suffer some more problems and etc!
However, they always manage to survive in one piece. I mean, wheels are stay connected with the car, doors are working, engine is also placed roboust enough to cope with the stress. The mechanical parts cause problem but they never tend to evacuate their selves.
Honestly, French cars are opposite French fashion brands. This is the easiest and best way to explain them.
Unfortunately, this video is totally unbelievable. I have never seen something like this before; a car losing its both rear wheels due to hand brake turn. I can accept some cars are not that well-made but come on, major parts of the cars are manufactured for a century and they are at the top of the engineering hierarchy. Everything can go wrong but major parts keep doing their job! But this Citreon Saxo disproof this theory and shows that, even a modern can act like a lego!
I am pretty sure that, the owner was very tough on this car never made a proper maintenance. And started to race directly. Even though, owner’s ignorance behaviour on maintenance, the wheels should be keep moving and stay health after a hand brake turn :)
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Achtung: Citroën

I was lazy last month and I couldn’t read my magazine on time! I always try to keep up with the journalist but sometimes they are faster than me! Anyway, recently Fifth Gear presented the Citroën DS3 Racing model. As I don’t like French cars, I didn’t pay attention. It is fast, good looking and that’s all.
Actually that wasn’t all, this new DS3 Racing was named totally wrong. French marketing people forgot their mother language. It should have been named as DS3 Super Léger (Super Light). This small car, which is a slightly bigger than a very well feed cat, only weighs 1165 kg. That’s nothing in terms of automotive, just 1.1 tonnes. And this car has decent airbags, air condition, seats, four wheels, one transmission and one engine. That engine produces 200 HP of power! When you combine 1.1 tonnes with 200 HP, it ends up with zero to one hundred kph in 6,5 seconds. That’s really quick.
This car is beyond my expectations from boring Citroën. I am really serious, this car changed the rock solid brand image of Citroën in my mind. Even though, I don’t like manual gearbox, I wish to drive one of them. And I am sure that, it will be a great experience.
By the way, the next Citroën WRC car will be based on this one!

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Lacoste Car: Citroën

I always respected integration of fashion and automotive brands but it does not happen that often. Actually the brand which supposed to be engaged with automotive brands does not involve. As I remember Mercedes and Armani had a special edition CLK, Ferre with Mini and Prada with Hyundai Genesis. Yes, that’s right Prada and Hyundai worked together. I really don’t know whether these cars sold to customers or they were just PR campaign.
Now Citroën introduced a concept car with Lacoste. For me Lacoste is the most boring fashion brand! They are selling the same polo t-shirt for last two thousand years. I am pretty sure that if you dig enough in Pyramids, you can find someone with Lacoste polo t-shirt. Also the long sleeve polo sweat shirt offers the same dullness with senseless prices. Lacoste is the definition for over priced products. They are selling their perfectly boring t-shirts for very exciting prices! If they were producing cars, they would be selling VW Golf for 50 000 € !!
There is no price and product relation! It is just a Lacoste. And probably Citroën Lacoste will be priced with a lot of zeros and it will be the same car for next four decades and offering ridiculously too much colours options. Citroën says it is offering minimalist Lacoste styling (I have never heard something like this before) with golf ball style and plenty of performance from engine and lastly inflatable roof.
I have never heard something more pointless and ridiculous than this :) If I summarize; golf ball inspired car with plastic roof and nobody knows how many horses are inside the engine. And tyres looks like really ridiculous. Sorry Citroën, my review is not that good! I hope it will be a concept forever :)
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