Citroen has revealed the spectacular new Metropolis - a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to China's extraordinary development.
Created by Citroen's international design team - based in Shanghai since 2008 - Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1 May to 31 October, 2010.
Reflecting China's avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality, the sleek limousine concept immerses itself in 'Creative Technologie', balancing environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure.
Incorporating a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km - approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.
Metropolis' distinctive silhouette is a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury with an imposing stature (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century.
Powerful and engaging, Metropolis' subtle 'Pearl Silk' body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model’s generous curves and ultra-honed detailing.
Metropolis carefully balances width and stability with flowing aerodynamic lines - incorporating an active spoiler - and signature Citroen design flourishes, such as a concave rear window. Chrome touches around the side windows visually elongate the cabin, while 'origami' quarter-lights appear to float in the air - and also house a light source.
China is the world's largest automotive market and Citroen's second largest outside Europe - having been established there for 20 years.
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