Citroën has reinvented itself by releasing a new Mini.

Wednesday February 11th, 2009 at 5:22 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Citroen DS3 concept
The first time I fell in love with a Citroën was when I saw the François Truffaut movie, Breathless. The Citroën DS, circa 1958, was like a minor character in the background, looking very tres chic as it zipped along the Champs-Élysées. Besides looking like a work of art worthy enough to hang (yes, I said hang) in the Louvre, what gets me about these old Citroëns is that the rearview mirror sits impractically on top of the dashboard. That is soooooooo French! By far, the old model Citroën is one of my dream cars (though the hills of San Francisco would be a bitch on its suspension). The car looked like it could be in a 1950’s sci-fi movie in order to show what vehicles of the future would look like.

Citroën built almost 1.46 million DS cars between 1955 and 1975, thrilling its loyal drivers with its pneumatic suspension and distinctive sleek design. Owners of the original Citroën DS included Brigitte Bardot, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and French President Charles de Gaulle who escaped an assassination attempt as DS escaped at top speed despite the fact that two of its tires were shot out. Yes, the Citroën DS was as magical as those who drove it.

Photographs that were leaked out prior to the Geneva International Motor Show after the jump

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Citroën To Restart DS Range

Wednesday February 11th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Citroen DS

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.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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