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Citroen C-Cactus concept car

Citroen C-Cactus concept car

Citroen C-Cactus concept car


Citroen C-Cactus concept car


Citroen C-Cactus concept car interior
Make Citroen
Model C-Cactus
Concept year 2007
Production year -
Engine Diesel/electric hybrid

The Citroen C-Cactus concept is designed to be an environmentally friendly hatchback with cheerful, attractive styling.

Where possible the C-Cactus is made from recycled materials
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 its platform.

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 corrosion.

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 of power.


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