Citroen C-Cactus Concept
Named after the desert-dwelling plants that survive while consuming very little, the C-Cactus is a green concept that minimizes both the amount of materials that go into its construction and the amount of fuel it needs to operate. The latter half of that equation comes from its hybrid HDi diesel-electric powertrain equipped with a ZEV mode. Like sister company's Peugeot 308 Hybride HDi, the C-Cactus also delivers 70 mpg in the combined cycle, and it actually beats the Peugeot show car's C02 output, emitting a paltry 78 g/km. But the car's ecological approach doesn't end there.The engineering team's mission was to minimize the use of unnecessary materials, and as such, some interesting, innovative details find their way onto (and into) the Cactus. Take the body, for example. Both the upper part of the front fascia and the lower part of the rear hatch use the same panel, with the taillamps residing in the same openings used up front for the headlights. (In a neat turn, the taillamp assemblies are see-through from the inside of th car, granting the driver some extra rear visibility.) There's no traditional hood on the Cactus, either. Instead, the 'hood" and fenders are a single, fixed piece. Access to features that require checking, filling or other maintenance, like oil and windshield washer fluid, are accessed via a flap directly ahead of the windscreen.