Fruit of the imagination of designer Jean-Louis Bui, the 2 Deuch Concept is an electric and license-free reinterpretation of the Citroën 2CV. A study not totally disconnected from industrial constraints and that its creator would see on the road. The Friend just has to behave…
Neo-retro is on the rise. Since the success of the Fiat 500 (too bad for the New Beetle…), this trend of modernizing the features of a popular model to offer a modern interpretation has been emulated. We remember the plebiscite of the Peugeot e-Legend concept inspired by the 504 Coupé at the 2018 Paris Motor Show or more recently that of the electric Renault 5. Citroën, which nevertheless has an automobile heritage with intact sympathy capital, is more cautious about the exercise. Certainly the DS brand uses the eponymous model to create an identity and the Ami electric quadricycle advocates originality like its ancestor, but the aura of the famous 2CV remains untapped for the moment. A situation that could change, as foreshadowed by the REVOLT concept presented by the manufacturer in 2009.
But in the meantime, it is thanks to the initiative of Jean-Louis Bui that the Citroën 2CV revives. Designer at Protostyle, a company based in France which notably carries out the modeling of concepts on behalf of manufacturers, this is not the man’s first study of style. In his free time, he has already made reinterpretations of the DS and SM, which had echoed in the press in 2016 and 2020. Thanks to the time freed up by the successive confinements, he has this time Ci attacked the most popular of the French.
In 2016, the Citroën DS concept of Jean-Louis Bui had already been the subject of some echoes in the press.
Jean Louis Bui
Personal initiative independent of the manufacturer, this DS displays a futuristic look.
Jean Louis Bui
2CV scale model
The 2 Deuch Concept, that’s its name, is presented as a car without an electric license. The result is compact dimensions (drivers without a license must not exceed 3 m in length and 1.50 m in width) which give it the appearance of a mini-2CV. The parallel with the Citroën Ami quadricycle is easy to make, but its creator describes the 2 Deuch as larger, in particular to respect the characteristic proportions of the 2CV.
The inspirations come of course from the Citroën universe, but also from the designer’s past. It’s the case especially for rims. These are taken from the Acrea Zest, a small electric that Jean-Louis had designed in 2005 and which had been produced in 200 copies.
A style study by a passionate designer carried out alongside any order from a manufacturer, the 2 Deuch is nonetheless pragmatic. “I designed this concept by complying with the standards for cars without a licence. Therefore, if a will emerges, it would be very easy to industrialize the car to produce it », entrusts Jean-Louis Bui to L’argus. From there to imagine these small 2CV to circulate without noise in our cities, there is only one step…