When all that mat­ters is how you get there

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

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.

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