The Citroen C-Cactus concept is designed to be an environmentally
friendly hatchback with cheerful, attractive styling.
Equipped with a hybrid diesel/electric drivetrain the
C-Cactus is intended to be sold at the same price as the
entry-level Citroen C4, from which the C-Cactus borrows
Where possible the C-Cactus is made
from recycled materials
The exterior styling of the Citroen C-Cactus concept is
characterized by rounded forms and curved lines. This
starts at the front where the headlights, grille openings
and badge housing are all rounded and set into a curving
facia. Down the sides the simple rounded shape is highlighted
by the unpainted doors which stand out from the painted
body, but also complement the profile. The large 21"
wheels also feature rounded spokes. At the rear of the
C-Cactus concept the taillights, central badge and sloping
rear window echo the styling of the front.
Inside the Citroen C-Cactus the simplistic rounded forms
continue, and interesting features can be found. The ignition
key of the C-Cactus is a portable MP3 player with a touch
screen. When it is plugged into the fixed hub of the steering wheel, it is recognized by the vehicle which can then
be started. The steering wheel includes a wide variety
of functions. In addition to the usual controls, it also
includes the speedometer, which is of an unusual design.
The figures, placed in relief around the hub, rotate according
to speed and are positioned with respect to a fixed point.
The Citroen C-Cactus is an environmentally friendly vehicle
in not only its power source, but also its construction.
The C-Cactus is made from as few parts as possible, fewer
parts also means smaller quantities of raw materials.
In addition, a significant number of the materials used
are recycled or recyclable. The windscreen and windows
are made of recyclable glass, the tires are also recyclable,
as is the steel used for the door panels. The door metal
is unpainted and unvarnished but has been treated for
Like the plant it gets its name from, the C-Cactus is
frugal on consumption, using just 3.4 litres (0.9 gallons)
per 100 km (62 miles). It achieves this with the use of
a small 70 horsepower diesel engine, and a 30 horsepower
electric motor working in conjunction For urban use the
ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode provides silent, all-electric
operation. During more rapid journeys, or those which
require successive acceleration and deceleration, the
hybrid system limits fuel consumption by using both forms
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