"Citroen's 1972 Concept was about as typical as it got for the period. All the signature Bertone touches of the era are there - the sloping surfaces, flattened perspectives. There are louvred vents on the rear pillars. There is the minimalist "
Citroën Cactus Concept
Citroën has a long and noble history of automotive innovation – but very often the company has failed to live up to what it has promised. French industrial practices and a kind of cultural lag within France itself has often made it appear that the company has produced great ideas, but has failed to live up to those ideas in practical execution. I mean, look at the French revolution!
Anyway – one of the most striking concepts launched at Frankfurt last week was the crosser-formatted Cactus. It seems like the whole auto-world has caught on to the fact that people like pint sized utility – and if you can throw tech at a car and drivetrain efficiency, then you’re onto a winner.
So it is with the Cactus concept. Evoque-like light clusters in the front, a recurring motif of lightness, efficiency and design for user-friendliness.
Another innovation is a ‘thermally-treated’ panoramic sunroof which allows light into the cabin, but repels heat and UV rays – comparable to category-4 sunglasses. There are inviting bench seats in the front, too, which can only be a good thing in our book.
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