Citroën, the rolling epitome of all things French and weird, recently announced that they will be reviving their DS range of cars.
The original DS was recently voted by auto designers and critics as being the most beautiful car of all time, and who are we to disagree. But it was also weird. No springs in the suspension, there was no brake pedal, just an un-moving mushroom shaped button on the floor that actuated the brakes, there was a single spoke on the steering wheel; weird as only the French can make cars.
But the DS was also fantastic. It rode like something out of a Cadillac chassis designer’s dreams, it seemed small from the outside, but on the inside it was huge, it got great gas mileage, and (as long as you kept it in France) was dead reliable.
So it makes sense that Citroën is going to go with what they know, and will bring back the DS range after three decades of its non-existence. The new DS will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be called the DS3, and will be firmly slotted in the small car segment. The new DS will hit the market in during the first half of 2010.
Chances are that it will be a Euro only model, unless Citroën decides to reenter the U.S. market.