the new type HG van is a homage to the never realized citroën type G prototype

the new type HG van is a homage to the never realized citroën type G prototype

in collaboration with designer david obendorfer, fabrizio caselani unveils a contemporary reinterpretation of citroën‘s type G prototype that never saw the light of production. the project pays homage to the characteristic shapes and styling of the iconic citroën van while bringing the vehicle into the 21st century. 

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citroën’s 1948 type G prototype with the new HG van

images courtesy of fabricio caselani and david obendorfer

 

 

the iconic citroën H van was produced between 1947-1981. originally developed as a simple front wheel van after the 2nd world war they continue to be extremely popular, particularly in the street food scene. however, only few people are aware of its scaled down version. the type G project was intended to create a compact commercial vehicle able to carry a 500 kg payload. the G van was never produced as the project was cancelled in 1948 and resources were put to develop the van derivative of the 2CV.

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type H on citroën jumper basis with the small delivery van HG

 

 

in 2017, the new type H was born from the idea of fabrizio caselani in collaboration with designer david obendorfer, an up-to-date reinterpretation of the citroën HY packaged as a complete body kit developed on the underpinnings of the citroën jumper van. today, caselani’s type H becomes a family of vehicles, and the type H van on jumper basis is joined by the smaller type HG model built on the citroën jumpy / spacetourer series.

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type HG camper based on citroën campster and vanster

 

 

during the development of the project, caselani was supported by the PSA peugeot citroën technical center. the type HG is assembled in caselani’s factory in sospiro, cremona, italy, under citroën official licensee, in a small numbered series, with a wide range of customization possibilities both for private customers and for companies looking for a vehicle capable of becoming a real operation of marketing. 

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type HG crew cab van – exterior rendering

 

 

the design by david obendorfer is a respectful reinterpretation with the clear aim of bringing the shapes of the iconic citroën van into the 21st century. the type HG has dynamic lines that adapt to the modern proportions of the jumpy / spacetourer series. 

 

video courtesy of fabricio caselani and david obendorfer

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

type HG passenger van based on citroën spacetourer – exterior rendering

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

type HG passenger van based on citroën spacetourer – prototype

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

type HG passenger van based on citroën spacetourer – prototype

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

type HG passenger van based on citroën spacetourer – interior

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

type HG versions

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

type HG prototypes

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

large type H panel van and small type HG prototypes

the new type HG van reinterprets the never born citroën type G prototype designboom

old citroën HY; citroën type G prototype from 1948; new type H 2017 and the 2020 new type HG

 

 

project info:

 

project name: new citroen type HG van

design: fabrizio caselani and david obendorfer

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • You gotta love ‘corrugated’ Maybe.. until it comes time to wash it.

    Still, there are so few iconic shapes or looks that totally secure their place in the future – the Beetle, Vespa, Land Rover, Meyers Manx…

    Jimmy

    Jimmy Xi
    Sep 21, 2020

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