When the car becomes an object of desire and emotion...By Shana Devleschoudere
Rarely has an "object" aroused so much passion. Born from our desire to conquer the world by road, this now robotized species, which reacts and obeys at a glance, offers us an intoxicating sensation on which we have all become dependent. " Every journey by car is first of all a journey inside oneself" wrote Octave Mirbeau in 1907. The author already perceived the automobile as a drug that is impossible to do without once you have tasted the intoxication of speed and the power it confers.
Whether you drive a classic car or an exceptional racing car, whether you like its technical side or its cosy interior, everyone has a special relationship with their protective cocoon. An extension of our personality, the car is also a reflection of our times. Today, the way we perceive the car has changed and it is no longer rare for a (very) young person to own his or her own means of transportation. For example, the Citroën Ami, a motorized electric quadricycle, which can be driven without a license! This is a far cry from the "daddy's car" which was first introduced in 1885. In 130 years, the car has gone from being an experimental technology to a ubiquitous and essential object in everyone's life. Today, there are 1.42 billion cars in the world, gasoline, diesel, hydrogen, hybrid, electric and even... flying!