Paris 2014: Citron C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Revealed Prior To Live Debut

paris 2014 citron c4 cactus airflow 2l revealed prior to live debut

In the 1930s, Chrysler experimented with aerodynamics to deliver a product that could slip through the wind better than the vehicles of the day, bestowing upon the public the Airflow. Alas, not too many people were ready for the future, leaving the concept a commercial failure.

Today, Citroën is giving the name and concept a second try, with fuel economy and the environment in mind.

Revealed prior to its live debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L’s own aero — including shutters for the grill and wheels, air extractors, underbody panels — help the concept deliver a rating of 2 liters — or 2L — per 100 kilometers (0.52 gallons/62 miles) traveled.

Regarding weight, aluminum, high-yield steel and composites contribute to a reduction of 100 kilograms (220 pounds) in comparison to the production C4 Cactus; total weight is 865 kg/1,907 lbs.

Finally, the Airflow 2L’s Hybrid Air drivetrain uses air power from its on-board compressor to move the concept around when the three-pot PureTech engine isn’t burning gasoline, with the ability to use both when necessary.

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  • Raresleeper Raresleeper on Sep 22, 2014

    Oy! Aero dog dishes!! Drenched in French weirdness.

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Sep 22, 2014

    I am wondering how the compressed air is compressed. It would make sense if it was done in a similar manor to regenerative braking. It is mind bendingly complicated to convert from liters per 100km to MPG... And that is NOT because the metric measurement is the problem. I suggest this site just report metric and abandon MPG...

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    • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Sep 22, 2014

      @AustinOski I just want this site to change for now, the whole of the USA is my next goal ;-)

  • Gregtwelve While Sichuan managed to avoid the nationwide energy rationing witnessed in 2021, attributed to a lack of coalWe have plenty of coal. Let's sell them something for a change. And let us not forget that historically the Chinese hate the Japanese for what they did in WW2, so that might have something to do with it.
  • Jkross22 A toenail in every pot.
  • SCE to AUX If the plant had been powered by internal combustion, this wouldn't have happened. The entire plant is just a toy for the rich.
  • Jkross22 Gotta give the auto industry trollups some props - trying to guilt their johns into giving a bigger tip. Hilarious! Can't ever say Mary Barra doesn't have a helluva sense of humor.
  • SCE to AUX No, until the Board of Directors decides otherwise.Same with sports figures and actors. Don't like it? Then quit buying the product.