Citroen unveils high-tech minivan concept

Citroen has unveiled a distinctly unconventional concept set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this month.

The Tubik, a far cry from the sleek concepts normally on display at top auto shows, is a large van designed to explore the idea that 'travel should be fun.'

Capable of seating nine passengers, the Tubik is designed in conjunction with Multicity, a transport-sharing scheme operated by Citroen in France, and is designed to respond to 'a changing society where extended families and groups of friends travel together.'

Therefore, it's part vehicle, part lounge, with modular seats that can be rearranged to semi-reclined or face-to-face depending on the requirements of the occupants - the middle of the three rear seat rows can also be folded into a table or meridienne-style seat.

To make sure the occupants are never bored during the journey, the van is desicked out with a giant semi-circular screen along with high-definition surround-sound, as well as a one-way large panoramic window for privacy.

As the concept is designed as a more environmentally-friendly way to travel, Citroen has opted to include a hybrid diesel engine which it says produces emissions close to those of a conventional - much smaller - sedan.

The model will be on display, along with concept from Citroen's French stablemates Renault and Peugeot, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs September 15-25 in Frankfurt, Germany.

http://www.iaa.de/en

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