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Classics The First Vehicle Ever With A Sliding Side Door Was A Citroen TUB

01:55  24 july  2020
01:55  24 july  2020 Source:   autoclassics.com

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The TUB is the first commercial vehicle ever equipped with a lateral sliding door .[1]. The Citroën product development department had the first prototype running by the Autumn of 1937, and on 12 May 1939 the van was homologated for sale in the French market.

The TUB is the first commercial vehicle ever equipped with a lateral sliding door . Although low floored vans with the driver set well forwards and sliding side - door on the pavement side would have become relatively mainstream twenty years later, in the 1930s the radical new van was quite unlike

It predates similar van styles by decades.

So, you think you’re on-point when it comes to automotive history? We aren’t talking performance history or cool stuff like that. Anyone can rattle off the development of the DOHC engine or the first Ferrari road car (the 125 S in case you’re wondering). When it comes to utilitarian knowledge such as, say, the first sliding door used on a vehicle, things aren’t quite as well known. Citroën would like to change that.

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The Citroën TUB and TUC (from the French Traction Utilitaire de type B or type C) were light vans derived from the Traction Avant and produced by Citroën between 1939 and 1941. The TUB is the first commercial vehicle ever equipped with a lateral sliding door .

Citroën SpaceTourer is equipped with sliding side doors hands free. The detection area of the key is between 30cm and 2m at the rear of the vehicle .With your key in your pocket, pass your foot under the corner of the rear bumper, the vehicle is unlocked and the side door automatically opens.

a green truck parked in front of a car: 1939 Citroen TUB © AutoClassics 1939 Citroen TUB

The automaker has a social media series called Story Time that features short-fire video clips about vehicles from its illustrious past. One of those is a commercial van lovingly named the TUB, built from 1939 though 1941 upon which production stopped because of a small conflict called World War II. The design certainly has a Citroën vibe about it, but this commercial transport vehicle was actually a precursor to many modern vans.

More importantly for this article, it’s the first to feature a sliding side door. Similar to vans that would follow decades later, the TUB had a large door on the right side that slid straight backward for easy access into the cargo area. It was also front-wheel drive with greenhouse positioned all the way at the front. It’s a shape that would eventually define vans for generations.

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Citroën SpaceTourer is equipped with sliding side doors hands free. The detection area of the key is between 30cm and 2m at the rear of the vehicle .Your key in your pocket, passing the foot under the corner of the rear bumper, the vehicle is unlocked and the side door on the side where is located

The TUB is the first commercial vehicle ever equipped with a lateral sliding door .[1]. The Citroën product development department had the first prototype running by the Autumn of 1937, and on 12 May 1939 The side door on the pavement side was a sliding door , and in this respect another

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It should be noted that the video states the TUB was the first vehicle of its kind to feature such a door. The evolution of work vehicles in those days primarily consisted of truck-styled machines through the 1920s and 1930s, giving birth to the classic sedan delivery platform. As you might imagine, there isn’t much in the way of information on such obscure factoids so we will take Citroën at its word that the TUB was indeed the first. At the very least, this should get you some major points during auto trivia night.

Source: Citroen via YouTube

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