Citroen's Present And Future Perfect

A panel of UK experts in automotive design, engineering and manufacturing have declared the Citroen C3 Pluriel the Best Small Car, and the Citroen C-Crosser the Best Concept/Prototype, in this year’s Institute of Vehicle Engineers (IVehE) Motor Show Design Awards, presented on the eve of the Birmingham show’s public opening.

The judges commended Citroen’s fun and funky C3 Pluriel, which will go on sale in late spring 2003, for "the remarkable versatility of its adaptable roof system, offering five distinct configurations from a snug supermini to an open pick-up." In addition they also praised its "fresh and unique" styling.

Looking to the future, the judges singled out the Citroen C-Crosser for the Best Concept/Prototype Award. Citroen’s extreme illustration of how a sports utility vehicle of the future could possibly look was cited for offering a "step forward in the potential design options available in a single, highly versatile vehicle, and in particular its imaginative use of the ‘drive-by-wire’ technology to allow a choice of left, central or right-hand steering position."

Commenting, Motor Show Design Awards Chairman David Burnicle said: "The C3 Pluriel and C-Crosser are wonderful evidence of Citroen’s innovative approach to design and functionality."

Published 24 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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