A new approach to design
C-Cactus is the result of an intelligent design process with a new objective: to reduce the number of parts required to build the car. To meet this objective, engineers grouped several functions on a single part, simplified a number of mechanisms to the extreme, and removed all non-essential parts.
The dashboard has gone, and its usual functions are now grouped on the central console and the fixed hub of the steering wheel. Another example of simplification: the part used for the front bumper is the same as the part used for the lower part of the tailgate at the rear.
This simplicity is also reflected in the design of the front end, which comprises just two parts: a fixed bonnet comprising the wings and a flap providing access to the vehicle maintenance functions (oil, windscreen washing fluid, etc.).
At the same time, a number of single-block units are used to cut the number of parts. The door panels, for example, comprise two parts, compared with twelve on a conventional hatchback.