The Citroen Lacoste concept is a beach-buggy style concept
car (like the Citroen
C-Buggy) which was developed through a collaboration
between Citroen, and the clothing brand Lacoste. This
isn't the first time Citroen have joined forces with a
non-automotive company to make a concept car. At the 2010
Geneva Motor Show they unveiled a concept co-developed
with the mens lifestyle magazine 'GQ' called the GQbyCitroen
The Citroen Lacoste concept was designed to portray elements
of both companies. That means the designers have tried
to blend the automotive world with fashion and sportswear.
At the same time they have tried to simplify the car and
give it a playful and easygoing persona.
The open passenger compartment of the Citroen Lacoste
is normally only protected by the windscreen (which can
be lowered), and a T-bar which runs the length of the
cabin. However if you do get caught in the rain - or too
much sun - thin inflatable panels grow out of the T-bar
to provide a roof over the entire passenger compartment.
The golf-cart/beach-buggy feel of the Citroen Lacoste
is accentuated by the simplistic interior. The dashboard
display is made up of a number of oversized pixels which
provide the necessary driving information and navigation
in a fun and funky way. The unusual dash display was inspired
by old-school video games like Space Invaders.
The seats of the Citroen Lacoste are overstitched in tough
white cotton, with a weave closely resembling that of
a polo shirt - an iconic Lacoste design. Building on this
theme, the seatbelt anchor points have "necklines"
like a polo shirt.
No complicated hybrid-drive or electric propulsion unit
is used on the this back-to-basics concept. Instead Citroen
opted to power the Lacoste with a small displacement 3-cylinder
internal combustion engine.
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