Concept Flashback – 2011 Citroen Tubik Brings Delightful Shapes of 1930's Tub Vans

There are numerous elements of the 2011 Citroen Tubik concept that are inspiring. The nose itself is very chic, and sets the tone for the Tub’s wild, semi-spherical curving panels.

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White gloss effect acrylic forms the entire nose and tail of the machine, but the central section is a floating layer of stainless steel.

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The idea has aero principles, recalls Apple’s best product designs, and is a fresh take on the corrugated steel panels of the original Type H vans from the 1930s.

The interior, like many French concepts, completely drops the ball.

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It is far too space-age, with silly purple velour everywhere, un-produce-able seating with no seat belts, and no real dashboard. It makes clear that this van concept is a million miles from showrooms.

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This is a shame because it makes the exterior, which is very production-friendly, seem just as far-fetched.

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The Tubik’s flowing panel shapes have carried onto production models, but offer none of the clean, future-tech style of this simple work-van shape. Concept Flashback - 2011 Citroen Tubik Brings Delightful Shapes of 1930's Tub Vans 4 Concept Flashback - 2011 Citroen Tubik Brings Delightful Shapes of 1930's Tub Vans 1 Concept Flashback - 2011 Citroen Tubik Brings Delightful Shapes of 1930's Tub Vans 3

The side windows are fantastic, with ability to change from a mirror finish, to dark tinted glass, and to clear glass via electric particles in the glass.

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