The new Citroen Berlingo special van model "2CV Berlingo Fourgonnette" is inspired by the iconic 2CV Fourgonnette AU (U for "Utility"), which debuted in 1951 and retained a loyal following with its many offshoots until 1987. The Citroen 2CV Berlingo Fourgonnette is a modern interpretation of this, with all of the current Berlingo assets in terms of architecture, payload capacity, adaptability, cutting-edge connection, and driving behavior.
"We are delighted that Caselani has revived our best-selling Citroen Berlingo, inspired by the classic 2CV Fourgonnette that left its stamp on Citroen history and the automobile industry." The design began in the workshops of coachbuilder Caselani, and we then collaborated. Our designers have maintained a careful eye on the work to ensure that the original 2CV Fourgonnette is not overly literalized, but that the result truly embodies Citroen DNA," Citroen design chief Pierre Leclercq explains.
Caselani rode the vintage wave, deeply rooted in Italian and French automobile culture. This trend can be observed in both passenger and commercial cars; it gives new life to a classic model from the past while adding modern technology and excellent performance to a current vehicle.
The Berlingo conversion, in particular, is a reinterpretation based on the success of a legendary van and the success of the Berlingo commercial vehicle itself, which has been a key player in Europe since its inception in 1996. Since 1996, all three Citroen Berlingo commercial vehicle versions have been sold over 1.8 million times. It was the second most successful vehicle in its segment in Europe at the end of August 2022, with a 17% market share. The Berlingo was a highly adaptable model that offered various innovations such as the three-front seat configuration, the automatic parking brake, and, more recently, the overload indicator in the third generation.