Funky concept car hints at next C1; part of a tie-up with French fashion house
30 September 2010

Citroën has unveiled its new concept - the Lacoste - at the Paris motor show and claims it could be in production in three years.

The company is aiming to bring fashion flair to its models as part of a tie-up with the French fashion house - whose badging appeared on special-edition Peugeot 205s during the 1980s.

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The new concept is a small buggy that is “stylishly minimalist and elegantly laid back”, according to the French company.

Citroen’s claims that the concept will become a reality "within the next three years" and that many elements of the concept will make it on to the final model - although it won’t be an open-top.

The Lacoste concept has no proper roof or doors. Instead, the car has a central bar running from the top of the windscreen to the top of the boot. It supports handles that aid access to the rear seats, and one of the front headrests, but it also contains a bright yellow soft-top that automatically inflates in the rain.

The car’s windscreen can also slide down out of sight, opening up the cabin entirely. There’s no boot space as such; instead, the rear bench seat slides rearwards when required, freeing up room for luggage behind the front seats.

The Lacoste is just under 3.5 metres long, around the same length as today’s C1. It’s wider and taller, at 1.8 metres and 1.52 metres respectively, but it does share a similar wheelbase and is also powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine.

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It’s likely that elements of the front-end styling - including the integration of the lights into the bumper instead of the sheet metal - could make it onto the next version of Citroën’s smallest model, due at the end of next year.

The cabin is wide open to the elements, but the Lacoste has covered stowage in its dashboard and under the two bench seats. Its single-strip fascia displays information in oversized icons; Citroën says this is designed to reference early video games such as Pong.

The Lacoste cues include “square relief designs” on the bonnet, which Citroën says resemble sections of a tennis court, and the choice of seat material, which is similar to the weave used on polo shirts.

John McIlroy

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20 September 2010

Its good to see Citroen still showing outlandish concept cars... on a serious note its not too hard to imagine a toned down hatchback version of this, keeping the black plastic wheelarch details etc, which would look really cool, IMO, & probably still be cheap like the C1.

20 September 2010

I think it looks good, reminds me of the C-Airplay and C-Buggy concepts from a few years back. Hopefully Citroen won't get too carried away with the whole wraparound bumper thing, or else the new C1 could end up looking like the previous Ford Ka. Otherwise, and exciting little design! Looking forward to seeing how this develops.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

20 September 2010

Is this going to become the new Mehari?

20 September 2010

I love it, and the designs that come out of Renault. I hope they make it to production. Although the reliability and customer care would have to improve from both.

20 September 2010

[quote Freelance journo]I hope they make it to production. Although the reliability and customer care would have to improve from both.[/quote]Renault are actually doing very well on this front, much improved from a couple of years ago. The Megane finished 5th in the latest Driver Power survey, for instance. Whenever we take our Modus for whatever needs doing (service or whatever), we always get a phone call telling us who'll be looking after us, the work is explained, the car is cleaned and valeted, and we receive a follow-up call a couple of days later to check everything is okay. Top-notch service I think, and the Modus hasn't gone wrong yet! I'd say Renault are quickly improving.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

20 September 2010

its good to see proper concept cars rather than thinly disguised ones. I'm looking at you BMW & Vauxhall!

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20 September 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]Is this going to become the new Mehari?[/quote]My thoughts exactly - we can but hope, I'm sure there would be a martket (in the Med) albeit a small one.

Another "tick, VG" to Citroën for a proper outlandish concept car - well, for them perhaps not so outlandish, perhaps they can sedate their bean counters long enough to sign something off.

Just the thing for pottering around Nice, dahhhlinks!

20 September 2010

Funky design, I especially like the upright windscreen - so much better than the oversized angled ones, and probably also a lot cheaper. Citroen is doing a fantastic job rebuilding the brand after long years of dull designs and heavy discounts. For me it seems like a success story in the making!

20 September 2010

Petrol engine, steel body, three pedal control, steering wheel, hydraulic brakes, plastic bumpers. Yes, very radical. Replace all of the more unusual design features for production items and what do you have? A C1.

20 September 2010

A moderately funky design, although that bar along the top of the seating area makes it look like a handle to carry the car with. Perhaps they could not quite bring themselves to build a proper convertible.

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