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Following its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot's visually arresting BB1 e-car has been sent on a European Grand Tour to drum up interest and give the masses a chance to kick the tyres. The tour kicked off at Berlin's Potsdamer Platz at the weekend and the following stop is London where the car will be on …


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  1. Valerion


    Looks like an elephant sat on a Smart Car.

  2. Steven Raith

    Fat C pillars

    Bet that's fun when trying to check your blind spots.

    Steven R

  3. Adam Salisbury
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    I guess the French threw any concept of aerodynamics out the window designing that thing with a front end like that.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Looks like an elephant crapped out a Smart Car-shaped steamer!

  5. Code Monkey


    Appropriate that such a butt-ugly car should be named after the postcode for Blackburn *

    * I come from Blackburn so can say that - you can't!

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Leg room

    Look at the distance between the people... there is no way they could be that close without their knees being half way through the driver, and that is without the thickness of the seats!

  7. Anonymous Coward


    Looks like the pillars need a bit of steel not plastic as they seem to have collapsed forward first time they put the brakes on.

    Or is that supposed to signify blistering speed when in reverse gear ;)

  8. Ian Ferguson


    Oh, I'm so sorry, I've... UUUUUURRRRRKKKGKGKGGHH... and again... so sorry... I've BLUUUK UK UK I keep being sick KUUURKKK sorry, sick on your comment board...

    Please don't show that again.

  9. Anonymous Coward 3

    Beaten by the British Weather!

    So how are they going to fit windscreen wipers to that bulbous front window then?

  10. WinHatter

    "Human head" shaped headrests

    What a strange idea.

    There is noway the heads at the back are attached to a human body.

  11. Fluffykins Silver badge

    Looks like something out of a whales nose

    also, is it actually a little low sportie number that's been parked the wrong way round in a shopping trolley?

  12. david 63

    Why... the people in the back have significantly smaller heads than the people in the front. Not Photochopped shirley?

  13. SirTainleyBarking

    well it certainly has a style all of its own

    It looks like its just been used in a crash test,

    and failed

    Its not good is it?

  14. Shonko Kid
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    It's almost as if...

    They want it to fail!

  15. Mike Flugennock
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    Jeez, you guys; it's not _that_ bad-looking...

    ...actually, I think it's pretty snappy. Hell, I think the Smart's not too bad-looking, either, as far as that goes.

    Either one's light-years sharper-looking than your average 1970s American e-car concepts, which look as if they were designed to deliberately sabotage e-car sales.

    Of course, if y'all _really_ want to talk fugly, let's talk about the 1952 Nash Metropolitan which, imho, pretty much set the standard for absolutely butt-ugly two-seat urban runabouts:

  16. Anonymous Coward

    I wonder how many pints it would take to make that thing look half-way decent...

    It looks like the hideously deformed child of a Mini and a SMART. The French should have confined that thing to the bell tower of Notre Dame......

  17. Frank Haney

    What was the design brief?

    Make a car that's uglier than the Fiat Multipla? I think they succeeded.

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Wait until the first lorry meets it head on

    And then just broom up and drop in a hole.

  19. Mike Richards

    Oh that's nasty

    Had it just been punctured at the front and the photo was taken before it completely deflated?

  20. Bracken Dawson
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    Yea, made of the heads of the rear seat passengers.

    When when when when when will someone make a normal looking electric car.

  21. Anonymous Coward

    @Steven Raith

    "Bet that's fun when trying to check your blind spots."

    If you'll look closely you'll notice that the chose a female for the front left seat... (surely its a LHD, French car on show in Frankfurt & Berlin.)

    They really should have chosen to show it of a couple of days earlier... looks light enough to chuck on a bonfire. Actually I think these will be fun on the roads.. for everyone else at least... in a, hahah look at this tit, sort of way. looking at the half opening windows I think there could be some highly amusing cctv footage coming from McD's Drive thru in the near future...

  22. Paris Hilton

    I'm actually tempted to get one of these..

    Then get it Vinyl Wrapped with a picture, like those ones you see on the busess of headless people that line up with the internal seats, but this car would need all sorts of contortion positions... maybe playing Twister...

    very tempted..

  23. Toastan Buttar
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    As Captain Beefheart might say:

    "Fast and bulbous !"

  24. Andy 97
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    The french are great.....

    at making some cars more ugly than they need to be.

    Maybe the designers are also doing freelance for Kia.

  25. Christopher Rogers

    Its simply proving an idea

    The Renault Vel Satis put pay to any ideas of 'out there' car design. It looked shit and therefore sales were shit.

    This will never be a mass market car.

  26. Anonymous Coward
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    I like it. Technical info a bit lacking, and guaranteed it'll be slow (obviously aerodynamics has been deemed irrelevant), and the range will be exactly 2 miles short of my round trip, and those A pillars will be the curse of cyclists/bikers across the land, and it'll be massively overpriced, but....I still like it.

    I want a steering wheel and pedals though. Oh yes.

  27. TeeCee Gold badge

    Target market?

    It's quite obviously the perfect small city runabout, if you are a BMW X6 driver.

    They'd look perfectly matched parked side-by-side in the drive.

  28. bygjohn

    re: Leg room

    A quick trawl through the comments to the original Reg article on the BB1 will find you the following link:

    ... where you'll find a picture showing how the rear passengers' legs straddle the front seats.

  29. Anonymous Coward

    What the fuck?

    Looking at that photo[shop] I'm wondering how the two in the back can sit there. I think they're either hogtied or don't have any legs so it's the perfect runaround for environmentally conscious bondage fans or amputees. I wonder what they'll call it when and if it arrives on our shores.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Peugeot Little Britain

  30. Francis Offord
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    Beholden beauty

    Bloody hell, it's uglier than a FIAT worse than death.

  31. Mike Flugennock

    @Francis Offord Wednesday 4th November 2009 12:54 GMT

    Dude. You haven't _seen_ ugly. You're obviously slightly younger than I.

    To my previous comment re: '52 Nash Metro, I'll add only one word: "Isetta"

    When I was a young service kid, while our family was stationed in Germany in the early '60s -- and again in the late '60s -- I saw nothing on the road as nasty-looking as the Isetta, even beating out said '52 Nash -- along with those dorky little rear-engined Renault sedans -- for sheer concentrated ugliness. Also, while I'm sure the Isetta was intended as an urban runabout, I saw them regularly on the Autobahns doing upwards of 70+mph, and remember thinking that the people driving them out there were absolutely batshit.

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