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World’s First ‘Dent Free Car’ Arrives on Australian Shores

Posted on: March 15, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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Meet the Citroen Cactus – it has been dubbed the world’s first ‘dent free car’, and is popping up in showrooms across Australia.

The French car maker Citroen is experimenting by placing absorbent rubber panels across the side doors that are designed to take the impact of the door of a negligent driver parked next to you, or a clip from a rogue shopping trolley.

Citroen is claiming that the panels could take the full brunt of a shopping trolley head on – travelling at 40km/h carrying 40kg of assorted groceries. It is unclear just how these shopping trolleys are reaching such an incredible speed in mall car parks – but it is always better to be over- than under-prepared.

While not made to withstand a collision with other cars, the pads cover the most vulnerable and most likely damaged spots on the car, hoping that small impacts will just bounce off harmlessly.

As millions are spent repairing scratches and dinks by car owners and insurance companies, Citroen hopes to save you money in the long run when you splash out on their SUV. Think of all the times you’ve scratched your car coming out of the multi-story, or the heartbreak you feel when someone has accidentally dented your car’s side with their door. The Citroen Cactus has taken one more worry off your mind.

I know what you are screaming at your screen right now – “But what about the jobs of the thousands of people in the dent removal trade? Will they not be impacted by this defensive technology?”. Luckily, debt removal experts dismiss this claim, as the car is expected to sell in relatively small numbers compared to the market as a whole.

While the car has been dubbed “dent free”, only the side panels are protected. If you crash head on into a lamp post in a Cactus you are still going to take some significant damage – so don’t get cocky!

Unfortunately for Aussie drivers, the cheapest model is only available with manual transmission – which is much more of a standard in Europe where the car is produced. The standard manual model is petrol-powered and comes in at just under $27,000. An automatic is available for just under $30,000, but it is also diesel-engined.

The Cactus seems to be successful despite its unusual appearance. In fact, this almost seems to be a selling point. People love to show off in their flashy cars, and 1/3 of every Cactus order so far has been neon yellow – despite the 23,184 possible colour and trim combinations available.

It seems like Citroen didn’t quite do their fair share of local research before launching the model in Australia. They were completely unaware of the Australian slang term ‘cactus’ meaning – something that doesn’t work or that has passed out – “He’s cactus mate”.

Citroen Australia spokesman, Tyson Bowen, admits “The naming was a prickly issue and a thorn in the side of our marketing team, but it’s fundamental to the design philosophy of the vehicle… It’s a fun name for a fun car”.

Well, in this case, at least, they seem to have gotten lucky. In related news, the new Citroen Donga is expected to release later this year.

If you are looking to purchase your own Citroen Cactus, or any other Aussie vehicle for that matter, don’t miss out by getting the best rates on financing your next car.

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