Citroen Lacoste hints at future small car

The buggy-style model features sporty styling including golf-ball style alloy wheels, tennis-ball inspired effect on the storage compartments and space to carry sports equipment.

However, one feature not expected to make it onto a production model is the ‘roof bar’ instead of a conventional roof. The Lacoste concept features an inflatable roof that instantly inflates when it begins to rain.

With no doors and the option of winding down the windscreen, the Citroen Lacoste concept can be completely open air, but this is expected to change if it reaches production.

Any production model would most likely include a roof and the styling would be toned down. At 3.45 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, it would be slightly larger than Citroen’s C1 city car.

Unlike many of the electric concept cars appearing at Paris, the Lacoste concept features a standard combustion engine – in this case a three-cylinder petrol engine.

Where any future production model stands in the Citroen line-up remains to be seen, but the Citroen Lacoste received plenty of attention at Paris and is expected to be a popular small car if it is sold in the UK.

Also appearing at the Citroen stand, the striking electric Citroen Survolt concept car took pride of in the Citroen display.

The DS3 Racing also proved a popular attraction. The 200hp hot hatch appeared alongside the World Rally version for the first time at the Paris Show on the Citroen stand, which was one of the largest at Paris.

Other models included the new DS4, the second model in the revived DS line, and the first to bear the DS name, the DS3 supermini.

The C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso received a facelift for Paris 2010, including new engines to improve fuel economy and several styling tweaks to complete the French manufacturer’s line-up.