In partnership with Le Coq Sportif, Citroën revealed that it will be releasing a customized version of a genuine Type H. The brand will also be coming out with a New Dispatch van. The two will utilize the Le Coq Sportif. With these, the brand is celebrating the Type H van’s 70th anniversary. With the Type H, the brand hopes to express nostalgia and authenticity with the use of warm materials. The New Dispatch on the other hand reveals a more contemporary and smooth spirit through the use of white color and simplicity.
For those not familiar, the Type H was originally launched in 1947 with actual production from 1947 to 1981. When it was released, it became the first-ever mass-produced van to have front-wheel drive.
This four-door van has a length of 4.28 meters. Moreover, an impressive total of 473,289 units were manufactured. The New Dispatch meanwhile uses a platform that allows for a maximum payload of 1,400 kg and it is capable of pulling a braked trailer that can weigh up to 2,500 kg. The New Dispatch will be offered in three different lengths which are the base model, compact, and the XS. The XS in particular is seen as practical especially with a length of 4.60 m. With a height of 1.90 meters, it can fit in a car park.
According to Citroën, the Type H, as well as the New Dispatch, will be transformed to a mobile version of a bicycle maintenance workshop. It can even be converted to a clothing workshop and will be showcased during cycling events in order to display the functionality.
The Design Centre of the brand worked with the styling office of Le Coq Sportif and used their expertise and combined creativity to develop the vans. Both will have the Citroën name and logo on each of the sides but will use the colors of Le Coq Sportif.
This is the same method that was used in designing the exterior of these two show cars. Painted in luminous white are the body parts and the wheels. The roof racks, which can be used to transport two bicycles, also come in luminous white though this is only available for the New Dispatch.
These two show cars were officially unveiled on April 25, 2017, during the Commercial Vehcile Show held in Birmingham. After that, they will be displayed during communication events sponsored by Le Coq Sportif. These events are not necessarily related to cycling but will also include inauguration of points of sale or delivery of Le Coq Sportif corners. All events though will be announced through social media.
These two models were also displayed through a video that was filmed at the CREPS velodrome. This is near the Limoges as well as the Le Coq Sportif factory located at Romilly-Sur-Seine.