1997 Chrysler CCV – AutoGuide’s Back to the Future

1997 Chrysler CCV – AutoGuide’s Back to the Future


During the development of the Chrysler CCV, an American manufacturer looked at the Citroën 2CV. We are talking not only about the structure of the convex body with round lights and the reversible upper part of the canvas, but also about the extraordinary journey of suspension. This concept car, presented in 1997 at the IAA in Frankfurt, was therefore intended as a budget model for the developing world. And there the road is no better than in America.

It previously represented the China Concept Vehicle CCC 2CV abbreviation. But Chrysler quickly changed that derogatory name into a Design Fact Vehicle. And rightly so, because the composite materials from the PET bottles that the body was made of weighed down to 544 kg of ridiculous.

PT Cruiser

The Chrysler CCV was powered by a small 0.8-liter petrol engine. A two-cylinder air-cooled barrier produced a power of 25 hp with a maximum torque of only 49 Nm. So it was a bad place for big shows: the top speed was 113 km / h and the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h took 23.6 seconds.

2CV-like lines were drawn by Brian Nesbitt, a man who was also responsible for the Chrysler PT Cruiser exterior design. Most interesting was the very fast production method that the Americans had developed: The CCV could be built in less than 7 hours, three times faster than it was with a compact car in the late 1990’s.

Breaker of the game Mercedes

The Chrysler CCV was not a concept car that had to shine at an international automotive show, it was not a design exercise that sought to visualize the modern Citroën 2CV. But an efficient way to provide as much car as possible for as little money as possible, made from processed materials and intended for parts of the world where transportation is less visible than in Europe or the United States.

In fact, the project was already under way, but a merger with Daimler put an end to the whole project.

1997 Chrysler CCV