Citroen fields versatile van

Citroen's C-Crosser concept is a firm indication of the French carmaker's desire to move into the leisure-vehicle market. The C-Crosser takes the style of Citroen's future C3 Pluriel production model a step further. The C-Crosser is a four-wheel-drive leisure minivan that features an aircraftlike joystick instead of a steering wheel; sliding side and rear doors; and a panoramic glass roof.
A flexible roofing system means the C-Crosser can be converted into a pickup at the touch of a button. The C-Crosser is not a four-wheel drive vehicle for extreme conditions, said Ludovic Amuah, who was appointed head of Citroen marketing after masterminding the launch and promotion of the big C5 sedan. Rather, the C-Crosser shows how Citroen wants to expand its range and build spacious, versatile leisure vehicles, said Amuah. Asked whether the C-Crosser was meant for production, Amuah said nothing was planned in the short term. He joked: "To get the regulatory approval for the steering joystick will take some time." The C-Crosser, one of Citroen's boldest concepts in years, also highlights the French brand's return to financial health.

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