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Citroen to "crowd-source" the design of a Special Edition on Facebook


April 4, 2012

Citroen is crowd sourcing the design of a new C1 variant through Facebook

Citroen is crowd sourcing the design of a new C1 variant through Facebook

With the internet connecting not just billions of computers but billions of creative minds, the news that Citroën UK was collaborating with Facebook to "crowd-source" the design of a new C1 variant at first appeared very exciting. The reality of the situation though, is that participants "choose" the number of doors (2 or 4), the interior and exterior colors and ... just six multiple choice options to configure the "C1 Connexion".

Members of the public are being invited to choose the features they want in their C1 with the most popular version to go into production - the trouble is, I cannot see any differences between this car and the versions normally available on a brochure.

Like most people, we find the idea of crowd-sourcing very exciting but this particular implementation, while it may or may not be clever social media marketing, seems to fall well short of its potential in terms of generating design ideas.

The configuration process is open until April 30. The teaser video is below.

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1 Comment

How about start with making one that actually works?

John Lowry
9th April, 2012 @ 09:30 pm PDT
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