Citroën E-Mehari mystery solved!

Every since Citroën showed off its E-Mehari I’ve been trying to figure out what seems “off” about this car. Sure, its design blends a C4 Cactus front with cues from the original Mehari, but something about it’s specifications, lack of interior shots and the way in which no one expected it made me wonder. Well, the mystery is now solved thanks to our long-time reader Tuga…

Basically, the E-Mehari is nothing more than a re-badged Bolloré BlueSummer, an offshoot of the Bolloré Bluecar. Well, maybe I should not be so cynical, as the E-Mehari looks MUCH better than the BlueSummer, with properly resolved styling and big, chunky wheels. And given this kind of base and a limited target audience in native France, the E-Mehari suddenly makes sense – I actually applaud Citroën for having the stones to make this car at a time where most carmakers are too scared to release products that too far from the mainstream or, potentially, underdeveloped (well, except Ford’s disastrous EcoSport 🙂 The irony is that the BlueSummer, with its basic styling, is closer in in spirit to the stripped-down Mehari than the, presumably, more posh E-Mehari. Sort of like the VW Golf is much more of a “people’s car” than the retro-inspired VW New Beetle.

Here are the BlueSummer and the E-Mehari, side-by-side:




  1. Hi Phil,
    the new Renault Megane 4 is expected to start sales in France in January, with the rest of Europe following in March. But as far as the Megane RS is concerned, I wouldn’t expect that until 2017, as Renault Sport is keeping the current model in production until the end of 2016. But it is rumored to have 300+ horsepower!

  2. Thank You for solving the mystery. I wonder how much this Bollore/Citroen product corresponds with the Bollore BlueCar, which is the car in the Autolib, car sharing compare in Paris. There are 3000 of them in just Paris, and 150.000 persons have signed up as users, It is also possible for tourists/foreigners to sign up and use as a rental car. Interesting with the BlueCar is that it has a big battery, 30kWh, most common EV’s have around 20kWh. Nissan Leaf has updated for 2016 from 24 to 30, on My job we have a VW e-up, it has a 18 kWh battery. Interesting to know if Citroen put a big battery in the e-Mehari and where it will be produced. “French” cars today might be produced anywhere and the Bollores are italian, BlueCar was designer by PininFarina, due to the look it must have been designed on a monday.

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