Citroën C-Cactus Lesson in Less Is More

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We should all be so practical as the Citroën C-Cactus. We should all look upon ourselves with such a discerning eye.

We should all cut out those things we don’t really need. This new ecological car, equipped with a diesel hybrid drivetrain, has gotten rid of all the parts that don’t contribute to the running, safety or comfort of the automobile parts like the dashboard, among other things. Why? Because who really needs a dashboard? I don’t. I need some of the stuff on it, but I can do without the board itself. And so can you. Or at least that’s what Citroën is betting on.

In order to “trim the fat,” Citroën’s engineers have grouped several functions into single parts. Instead of a dashboard, all the important buttons you used to find there, including the onboard computer, are now attached to the steering wheel and the central console. And believe me, ditching your dashboard doesn’t mean you have to go skimpy on style. ‘Cause really, how stylish is the most stylish of dashboards? Not nearly as stylish as the sleek and cool Citroën C-Cactus.

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And if that doesn’t seem practical enough, the Cactus also includes a significant proportion of recycled or recyclable materials, including the windscreen and windows made of recyclable glass. Plus, like the car’s herbaceous namesake, the Cactus, is highly efficient. In fact, efficiency breeds efficiency in the Cactus, as the use of less parts makes for an all-around lighter car, which in turn leads to greatly reduced consumption and emissions.

Ah, to be so practical. To be so efficient as to only use what I really need. In such a perfect world, I would eliminate venti mochas from my life. I would be through with all forms of breakfast meat. And I would never again wear pants.

Thank you Citroën, for showing me the way towards perfection and giving me something to live up to.

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