Unique Citroen Survolt unveiled in Paris

Artist Francoise Nielly, whose work helped to inspire the Survolt electric racing car concept, has decorated the Survolt with a unique paint job for a second Paris Show.

Citroen’s C_42 showcase on the famous Champs-Elysees is an annual event designed to introduce Citroen’s model range shown at the Paris Motor Show.

In celebration, Nielly worked closely with Citroen’s design team to create the luminous effect on Citroen’s Survolt, which was recently seen racing an electric motorbike in a UK-based race.

Joining the Survolt will be several floors of new Citroen models, including the DS3 supermini and the all-new DS4 hatchback, the first two models in the more premium DS line.

The new Citroen C4 hatchback will also appear at the display, as will the fiery DS3 Racing and the eco-friendly C-Zero electric urban mobility model.

All of the models will be available to buy in 2011, and Citroen is keen to showcase the ‘Creative Technologie’ inside its new car range.

A special LED display on the outside of the C_42 show includes a multi-screen, digital creation and the brand will be showcasing its e-HDi micro-hybrid technology.

The e-HDi technology, seen on the HR1 concept from Citroen’s sister company, Peugeot, at Paris, comprises a standard diesel engine with Stop/Start technology. Restarting the engine is boosted by a small electric motor to increase efficiency.

The C_42 will also see the latest winner of the Citroen Creative Awards, a competition to design a personalised DS3 supermini.

The winner’s DS3, created by Flavio Melchiorre, will be available to buy in 2011 alongside a number of new customisation options.