When all that matters is how you get there
CITROËN once made a van called the Type H, with corrugated sides, used for deliveries, as travelling shops, horsebox conversions and so on. It developed from the TUB. Here is the homage to that van, the Tubik concept, which is at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.
“It’s not the destination, it’s how you get there that really matters – Tubik concept focuses on the fun of the journey,” says Citroën. While most travellers would reason that it is in fact the destination that “really matters”, the ninepassenger tub should at least provide some, err, fun to onlookers.
It resembles an aircraft cockpit on wheels. The body is metallic grey, with a pearlescent white at front and back. The doors are big enough to give access to the front and rear seats – aka the living area in Citroën speak.
The power units are a diesel engine for the front wheels and an electric engine for the rear wheels – the Hybrid4 technology being introduced by Peugeot and Citroën on current cars. At 189 inches long, with a cross section of 80 inches by 80 inches, it is far from sleek. However, useful details include suspension that lowers at speed.
Don’t expect to see one in the showrooms anytime soon, if at all, but you never know. It looks much more exciting than a Tranny van.