CIMOS CITROEN DAK 1985

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The Cimos “Ctroën” DAK (Dyane AK) is a car made by Cimos (a company – from Koper, formerly part of Yugoslavia, nowadays Slovenia – which used to build Citroën models. Now Cimos is the largest Slovenian supplier to the automotive industry).

The Cimos “Ctroën” DAK (AK Dyane) was based on the Citroën Acadiane, a small commercial vehicle derived from the Dyane and only available in left-hand drive, produced from 1977 to 1987. Citroën had already used the prefix AK for its light commercials, so it was an obvious pun to name the  Dyane AK  “Acadiane” (similar pronunciation in French).

The “Acadiane” differed from the Dyane on which it was based in having heavier-duty suspension, a slightly altered chassis and a rear-brake limiter whose action was dependent on the load.
The DAK/Acadiane was also fitted with wind-down windows in the driver’s and passenger’s doors. The Dyane car had horizontally-sliding windows.
The payload was approximately 500 kg (1,100 lb), but handling was impaired when fully loaded.

The Cimos Citroën DAK, which is very similar to the the “Acadiane” with the difference being only fitted with local Yugoslavian tires, was available in commercial (two-seater) form or as a “Mixte”, with sliding rear windows and a removable rear bench seat. The Mixte version also had a passenger sun visor, missing in the more basic commercial version.

In line with many Citroën light commercials, the roof of the rear bodywork was corrugated to add extra rigidity at little cost.
The DAK/Acadiane cruised on the flat comfortably and economically at 55 mph (89 km/h).
Top gear in the four-speed box was usually referred to as overdrive. This had been so since the earliest days of the 2CV. In most circumstances it was best used as such. Progress could be maintained in top, but further acceleration was unlikely. As the motor thrived on revs, third made a perfectly good gear to get up to 80 km/h (50 mph).

(Adapted from an Excerpt from the “Citroën Acadiane”, in Wikipedia)

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