Paris 2010: Citroen Lacoste concept

- Designed in partnership with fashion designer Lacoste - A small buggy with golf ball-style alloy wheels - It has a bright yellow soft-top that automatically inflates when it rains

It's better known for its trainers and t-shirts, but fashion house Lacoste has teamed up with Citroen to produce this striking new concept car.

It has no proper roof or doors, and resembles a beach buggy with golf ball-style alloy wheels. A gap in the sides and handles at the rear allow drivers and passengers access to the cabin.

What's all the fuss about?

Just look at it! Two stylish French brands merging together is a recipe for a barmy looking vehicle. This isn't the first time that Lacoste has lent its name to a car design either, as it appeared on special edition Peugeot 205s in the Eighties.

Production is unlikely, but the Citroen Lacoste concept features styling elements that may appear on the next generation of the company's C1 city car.

Any new technology?

There is a bright yellow soft top that automatically inflates in the rain, making up for the lack of doors or a roof. The windscreen can also fold away, which opens up the interior completely.

The three-cylinder petrol engine is no groundbreaker, but the styling is. The bonnet is designed to emulate a tennis court and the dash has a single strip layout with huge icons, which is apparently inspired by early computer games like Pong from the Eighties.

Estimated release date: It's strictly a concept and is likely to remain so

Estimated cost: It's anyone's guess

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