Citroën Karin

Citroën Karin -

The Citroën Karin was a concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1980.

It featured a striking, pyramidal design and was designed by Trevor Fiore. The car was built in collaboration with Carrozeria Coggiola (the atelier responsible for Saab’s Sonnet 3 and 9000 as well as the original Mégane concept). Headlamp treatment was reminiscent of that of the SM.

This was obviously Citroën demonstrating their preparation for a techno­lo­gically advanced, future charac­terised by outside the box thinking and low drag coeffi­cients

The Karin was clearly inspired by Michel Harmand's design for a GS Coupé. The Karin was a three-seater with the driver being seated centrally and ahead of the two passengers, this layout pre-empted that of the McLaren F1 of 1992.

The fashion in the early eighties was for motor manufacturers to display scale models of concept cars rather than vehicles that could actually be driven and Citroën was no exception.