Seen in Frankfurt: Citroën Cacti
Citroën, of course, is a French company.
Guess where it has the majority of its sales?
That’s right: China. About 25% of its sales are there.
So the Aircross concept crossover vehicle that was developed by Citroën actually had its global debut in at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. It didn’t make it to Europe until Frankfurt in September.
If you want to know about the importance of the Chinese market to automotive companies that just aren’t Citroën, take that into account.
And if you want to know about the importance of crossover vehicles to companies including Citroën, take what it is doing, for example.
This is the donor vehicle for the Aircross and the Cactus M, the C4 Cactus
The Aircross is predicated on the C4 Cactus. A production crossover. This is meant to be a look at another spin on that vehicle.
To be fair to Citroën, it did introduce a concept at Frankfurt, the Cactus M.
Guess what vehicle the Cactus M is based on?
(Arguably, the designers at Citroën didn’t see the sales numbers of the Nissan Murano CrossCabrio before creating the Cactus M.)
So the world is, at least based on the Cacti variations, going increasingly crossover.
That said, here are some interesting sketches that led to the Aircross:
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
The high-end automotive CAD/CAM systems do a whole lot more than their name implies. In addition to design and manufacturing, they have the ability to support analysis, product data management, and more.
Nowadays in the U.S. market, vehicle manufacturers pretty much are all committed to producing crossover utility vehicles rather than their predecessor type, the sport utility vehicle.