Citroën introduced a neat 2+2 GT concept at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. This C-Airdream model, part of a range of models with the letter "C" in the name for some reason, is low and sleek and, dare I say it, looks even better than the Alfa Romeo Brera. In Citroën's vision the C-Airdream "continues to explore the language of styling", but in effect it's a well-proportioned car with aspects of it dating back to the Volvo P1800 ES (sports stationcar) model of the early 1970s. Not earth-shattering, not uniquely original, but very pleasing to the eye.
Underneath its attractive bodywork true avant garde technology is deployed. The C-Airdream is powered by a 3-litre V6 engine developing 210 hp @ 6000 rpm which is coupled to an automatic sequential gearbox, capable of adapting itself to the preferences of the driver. All controls are located on the steering wheel, including the ones usually operated by pedals. There is no direct connection between the controls and the mechanics they operate, all is done by "drive by wire" technology.
Could I have this car without the gizmos please?
Something completely different is this C-Crosser concept. No low and sleek styling here, practical versatility are the key words for this one. On the other hand the technology used in this concept, which first appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2001, is quite similar to that in the C-Airdream. The Hydractive 3 suspension system and full fly-by-wire controls are features of this concept as well.
Well, if you like the whole SUV and space wagon trend of recent this might become the car for you. To me it looks just like a van.
Probing the boundaries of concept vehicles is this Daewoo Kalos Irmscher. In essence it's a regular, Giugiaro designed (ouch!), Kalos 1.4 SE model gussied up by German Opel tuner Irmscher to test consumer interest in a sporty Daewoo compact. It features such exiting items like a new fog lamp design, an electric fabric sunroof, a twin exhaust tailpipe, uprated spring and damper settings, a lowered suspension and of course alloy wheels with wider tires.
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