What's Wrong With This Picture: Citroen Rescues The Van Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture citroen rescues the van edition

Citroen has been catching our eye of late with its “anti-retro” DS line, and the Tubik Concept looks likely to keep the trend rolling. Inspired by the classic H-Type delivery van, the Tubik takes an aged aesthetic and pumps it full of futuristic French élan. Yes it’s miles from a production model, and more loaded down with more conceptual details and avant-garde styling elements than a Berlin disco, but it accomplishes two basic tasks: first, it shows how well classic French design can be adapted to a fast-changing future, and second, it shows that vans do not have to be dull, utilitarian things. In this age of dull crossovers and anonymous international design, these are accomplishments worth noting. And the Tubik is a design that’s worth remembering.

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  • Wmba Wmba on Sep 05, 2011

    What exactly is the question that this thing answers? Enhanced commercial practicality? Hardly. A French update of the Oskar Mayer Wienermobile to fit tiny back roads? No, too chic. Ah yes, a 2011 paean to the Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion with wheels discreetly moved outwards, clothed in Nissan Joke semi-spatted mini fenders, the latest faux Audi grille, decontented to meet cost targets, and supersonic ramjet air intakes cunningly arranged above the windshield. Very nice. Pour un cochon.

  • Budgenmotors Budgenmotors on Sep 09, 2011

    I like it I think that it looks funky and cool, I think that it is made more for the passengers than the driver as the seat seems to be very closed in and set away from the other seats, mind you great if you have a personal driver!

  • Art_Vandelay “Fain also invited President Joe Biden to join the striking workers on the picket line”Yes. Please go on strike Joe. One of this Cosmo Kramer Bagel making strikes that lasts for a decade or so
  • SCE to AUX No sitting President should visit a picket line.
  • Scott So a sled manufacturer makes a sled on wheels. Where is the surprise?
  • Add Lightness I had one of these for a company truck. It was also 2WD thankfully as part-by-part the truck got everything replaced over the course of a year. If it was 4WD, that would have just hurt the company more fixing the extra drivetrain.
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