Citroen has scooped two major accolades at this year’s prestigious Autocar magazine awards with the innovative C-Airlounge and its British designer, Mark Lloyd, taking the ‘Concept Car of the Year’ and ‘Designer of the Year’ titles.
Citroen’s C-Airlounge concept, introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, was praised for its stylish looks and numerous innovative design features. These include highly advanced aerodynamic technologies, such as blade vortex generators, which help give it a drag coefficient figure of just 0.26, as well as an ingenious interior lighting system that uses fibre optics and video-projectors to bathe the interior in a range of mood-setting lighting.
Head of the C-Airlounge design team, and winner of Autocar’s Designer of the Year award, Mark Lloyd has also been responsible for several other Citroen concepts, such as the C-Crosser and the C-Airdream. Educated at Sevenoaks School, Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art in London, Mark has been with Citroen since 1989.
Autocar comments, "The C-Airlounge brings a refreshing dynamism to the two-box form, explores new technologies and makes an important point about the poor visibility offered by most modern cars. Most dramatically, it pioneers a whole new way of creating cabin ambience. This car signals a colourful future for one of Europe’s most historic marques".Published 18 November 2003