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Citroen's C4 Cactus Airflow 2L maximizes fuel economy (pictures)

Citroen modifies its C4 Cactus model with a new, hybrid drivetrain and aerodynamic features to achieve 2-liters of fuel usage per 100 kilometers.

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PARIS -- Citroen's new Airflow 2L concept is based on a standard C4 Cactus, a four-door hatchback with a low profile.

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Shown off at the Paris Motor Show, the body has been remade with composite plastics, high-strength steel and aluminum to reduce weight.

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The underside of the concept uses a fairing to increase air flow.

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Under the hood is Citroen's previously shown HybridAir system, which uses compressed air to help drive the wheels.

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Air intakes in the bumper automatically open or close to maximize aerodynamics.

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Automatic wheel flaps also adjust to maximize aerodynamic performance.

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Citroen calls this side feature AirBumps. They're designed to protect the sides of the car from damage.

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The orange flaps help guide air around the Airflow 2L concept.

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The cabin of the standard C4 Cactus shows LCD panels for instruments and infotainment.

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