Citroën C-Cactus concept hybrid car for the Frankfurt Motor Show 2007By Matt • Sep 4th, 2007 • Category: Concepts
The Citroën C-Cactus is an environment-friendly, four door hybrid concept car that will also not hit your wallet hard. And to the joy of pure electric vehicle lovers, the C-Cactus also has a ZEV (zero Emission vehicle) mode that will use only the electric motor, useful in city driving conditions. The car will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in just a week from now.
The Citroën C-cactus will be positioned against the Toyota Prius; priced is expected to be pertty much the same.
When writing about concept cars, there is always the chance that it might be interpreted as a car that is about to go into production. Not so, let me assure you. The Citroën C-Cactus IS a concept car. It is based on Citrone’s C4. You wiill see Citroën implementing elements of this car in its future cars, and that’s it.
Powered by a 70 Hp diesel and a 30 hp electric motor, the concept car has a top speed of 150 kph. Combined fuel consumption (when both diesel engine and electric motor are running) is 3.4 litres per 100 kilometer.
From the photos available prior to the Frankfurt Motor Show, the concept is definitely going to be a major draw.
What Citroën has tried to implement here is efficiency. The car is not complex at all, using half the number of components in a conventional car. A lot of stuff has been grouped together, including a music player, on the central console.
The C-cactus has a single-unit front-end: no separate bumper, bonnet. There are only two parts to the door, and the window glass has a sliding mechanism.
What will strike you though, is the styling. The simplicity of the C-cactus does not mean that it is boxy or ugly – faqr from it. Take a look at the photo gallery and judge for yourself.
At the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Citroën C-Cactus will probably take its place along side the Airscape Concept and the C4 BioFlex, a flex fuel vehicle running on bioethanol or petrol.