In a few months, a new 100-percent-electric car will be on the market –
in France, at least. Called the Bluesummer, the two-door four-seat
convertible was designed by electrical systems manufacturer the Bolloré
Group, but will be built and distributed by Peugeot Citroën.
Whether it's the compressed air of Peugeot Citroën's Hybrid Air powertrain
, or the raft of air channeling aerodynamic upgrades on concepts like the C4 Cactus Airflow
, air mixes freely with concept car design at Citroën. The all-new Aircross Concept keeps the trend alive and packages air friendly-design into a larger utility vehicle. The concept also highlights some interesting new interior entertainment and communication technologies.
Not only was 2014 a great year for sports concepts
, it was a great year for green cars. Environmentally friendly production cars like the Toyota Mirai
fuel cell vehicle and Volkswagen Golf GTE
made their debuts and numerous concepts provided a window into a cleaner commuting future, showcasing technologies that will get us from point A to point B without so much impact on the rest of the alphabet. Here are our favorite green concept cars from the year.
With introductions like the Renault EOLAB
and Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow
in the days leading up to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it became obvious that the French had big plans for their home show. French automakers, big and small, didn't disappoint, showing a multitude of highly stylized, tech-heavy concepts and vehicles during the show. They had such a strong showing, in fact, that we thought it appropriate to give them a dedicated space separate from our main Paris wrap-up
. Here's what the French have to say about modern vehicle design.
Citroen has never been one to follow convention in the automotive world. The French manufacturer is best known for its DS, which coupled pioneering hydro-pneumatic suspension with a gorgeous aerodynamic body to wow crowds at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. Fast forward to 2014 and Citroën is again using the Paris Motor Show to showcase its innovative creations, this time in the form of the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA
was the only vehicle to achieve the maximum 5 stars in Euro NCAP's latest safety ratings, scoring an impressive 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 88 percent for child occupant protection and 70 percent for safety assist.
Three years ago, we first heard about TRW Automotive's new roof-mounted airbag system
. At the time, the company claimed that it had a "significant production contract" with an unnamed auto manufacturer, that might see the technology appearing on production vehicles. Now, TRW has announced that the airbags will be standard on the new Citroen C4 Cactus
Citroën's DS3 Cabrio Racing is a potent combination of value, practicality and performance. Developed from the double world-championship-winning DS3 WRC (arguably the most relevant motorsport to sporty cars driven on public roads), it also has Citroën's unique and practical Cabrio roof, offering several sporty cars in one for £29,300 (US$46,600).
Unlike the prickly desert dwelling plant, Citroen’s new C4 Cactus CUV/hatchback mashup is approachable and easy to hug. Lighter than the regular C4, the airbump-bearing vehicle is more about making a design statement than pushing the technological envelope.
The exhibition halls at Messe Frankfurt are a fertile hunting ground for lovers of concept cars at this time of year, as automakers unveil vehicles that give a glimpse of possible future design directions, technologies that might be integrated into forthcoming production models, or pure flights of fancy. This year proved no different, with vehicles big and small, practical and absurd, strutting their stuff on the Frankfurt stage.