Citroen Goes Retro With Its Type Holidays Campervan

Citroen harks back to its HY van heritage for its latest campervan concept.  

While modern camper vans may be a more practical proposition than those from the good ol’ days, these typically bland boxes on wheels however simply don’t have the style and flair of ‘vans from the hippie era. But what if you could dress a modern campervan in retro clothing? Well you’ll end up with something like the Citroen Type Holidays. 

Recently making its premiere at the Düsseldorf Caravan Show, the Type Holidays concept is Citroen’s attempt to blend its modern SpaceTourer campervan with the French automaker’s iconic HY van from days gone past. Based on the already available neo-retro Citroen van conversions currently offered by Italian coachbuilder Caselani, the Type Holidays concept features all the iconic design details of the famous Tube (the nickname of the Type H). These include the ribbed-retro bodywork all around the van, as well as a set of classic-inspired steel wheels and even the massive bulldog-nosed twin-chevron grille. 

The retro-aesthetic conversion even extends to a pod-style headlights and tail-lights, albeit with illumination now coming courtesy of LEDs (with DRLs) rather than incandescent bulbs. Other modern creature comforts that peek through the retro exterior meanwhile includes sliding doors on either side of the Type Holidays, which was only to be a dream for those with the original Type H. 

And it is upon opening the sliding doors that the classic aesthetic completely gives way to the modern, with a fully current interior that has all the creature comforts and practicality befitting a campervan of today. Kitted out by Slovenian outfitter Bravia Mobil, the Type Holidays feature the typical campervan amenities that include a kitchenette complete with cooking area, sink and fridge, as well as a folding table and several cupboards. The two front seats also swivel round towards the living area of the vehicle, while the rear bench opens up to form a comfortable two-person bed. 

For those who travel in a pack of four meanwhile, extra sleeping accommodation is available in the large bed housed within the pop-up roof. The pop-up roof also enables a full height ceiling for occupants to stand upright within the vehicle if they so choose, while the onboard Webasto heating system ensures that time in the Type Holidays remain a warm and cozy affair. 

It is however worth noting though that any adventures in the Type Holidays will likely be as possible as camping on the moon at present, with Citroen not announcing yet the possibility of this concept making it into general production. The French automaker has nevertheless stated that at least the interior arrangement of this campervan concept will soon be made available across its network, as part of its imminent introduction of the wider ‘Holidays’ leisure vehicle range. 

PRESS RELEASE: Citroën has chosen to present its Type Holidays van at the Düsseldorf Caravan Show, one of the world’s leading leisure vehicle events, set to run this year from 25 August to 3 September 2023. The concept combines the iconic Citroën Type H with the more modern SpaceTourer, resulting in an interior arrangement that will soon be available across the Citroën network, through a range that will be called “Holidays”.. Citroën has always been inspired by the idea of freedom and sharing, and it was quite naturally that it should strengthen its commitment to this fast-growing market by building on the qualities of the SpaceTourer.


Since it was founded, Citroën is a popular brand that promotes freedom of movement. The brand has the know-how to develop practical, ingenious and affordable models that are synonymous with escape and leisure.

Citroën’s recognised legitimacy in the world of leisure makes it a key player in the market: it is the second largest supplier of motorhome-based vehicles in Europe. It wanted to showcase this heritage by presenting a SpaceTourer vehicle in the guise of a Type H, based on the work of Italian coachbuilder Caselani. This loyal Citroën partner has already created a number of “neo-retro” body styles for Citroën models. “Van life” is a different way of travelling. So with a vehicle like the Type Holidays teaser that really stands out from the crowd, you’re in for a real treat. Its unique design, like its grey colour, is a nod to Citroën’s legendary Type H, the famous “Tube”.

SpaceTourer’s modern design is a natural invitation to travel in a different way, alone or with others, free of all constraints. Citroën had already made a few initial forays into camper van territory on several previous occasions with concept vehicles such as Hyphen, Rip Curl and The Citroënist. It now looks to build on this success by expanding its business in the fast-growing camper van market. The Type Holidays teaser heralds a more powerful commitment from the brand through a comprehensive offering “Holidays” that will be available across the Citroën network.

This investment is a response to a real social phenomenon. Lovers of freedom and nature, those who are keen to open the door and contemplate a fabulous landscape from their bed, and people who want their independence while at the same time being mindful of their budget… numerous people are switching to camper vans. It can go practically anywhere – it is less than 2 m high – which means it can fit into car parks (in town as well as at the beach) and be used on a day-to-day basis, all year round. It now accounts for around 90,000 new vehicles every year in Europe – that’s more than half of all leisure vehicle sales. “Van life” is highly popular among younger people and offers unrestricted freedom to travel, but with all the comfort essentials you need on a competitive budget.


Van Life also owes its success to all the progress that has been made in terms of layout and comfort. With this vehicle, camping is now chic – in line with the “glamping” trend. The Citroën Type Holidays offers all the advantages of the Citroën SpaceTourer: spaciousness, comfort, quiet operation, two sliding side doors for easy access and ventilation, an independently opening tailgate window, and more. Everything that up to four people might need to get away from it all.

Citroën has called on one of the world’s leading specialists to kit out the van: Bravia Mobil. This Slovenian company gave the Citroën Type Holidays all the equipment needed for an ideal travel experience:

  • A pop-up roof that allows you to stand upright in the living space inside the Citroën Type Holidays and which houses a large bed to accomodate two people in night mode.
  • A two-row bench seat that opens up to form a comfortable two-person bed. And this bench seat is completely removable to free up storage space.
  • Two front seats that swivel round towards the living area of the vehicle.
  • A complete kitchenette (cooking area, sink, fridge)
  • A folding table for dining or working, and several cupboards for storing your belongings.
  • A Webasto heating system to ensure optimum temperature on board.

On show from 25 August to 3 September at the Düsseldorf Caravan Show – the most international leisure vehicle show – the Citroën Type Holidays teaser promises a distinctive travelling experience. With its retro exterior and modern interior, it’s the ideal companion for a stylish getaway in total freedom! It will be ushering in a comprehensive range called “Holidays” that will soon be available across the Citroën network.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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