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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Citroën releases first images of the new DS Inside

A rumour about Citroën bringing back the DS range has been around for the past few weeks and it has been confirmed. Exactly in the day André Citroën would have completed 131 years, if he was still alive (besides breaking a world record on longevity). Citroën has seized the opportunity to present its new logo and the concept car DS Inside, a vehicle that is supposed to give birth to the future DS3.

Clearly based on the new platform for the future C3, the DS Inside resembles the original DS only in its white roof. The 1955 DS was a revolutionary vehicle, the first one to bring Citroën's hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system in all four wheels. Its design, created by Flaminio Bertoni, was also so striking it is difficult to have another vehicle to come even close to it, but Citroën apparently is not concerned about the innovations, but about the sofistication the DS nameplate may bring along. DS will now stand for Different Spirit.

Citroën states it will built three new DS models, DS3, DS4 and DS5. DS Inside, as we have already said, anticipates the first of them, DS3. It will probably share engines with C3, possibly the same ones jointly developed by Peugeot and BMW.

There is still no official lauch date for the new vehicles, but the same rumours that informed the DS range was about to get back also brought the information that DS3 would go to Citroën dealerships in the first half of 2010 and DS4 and DS5 would be around by 2011. Since these rumours proved to be more than rumours, but real information, we have no reasons to doubt it.

Source: Citroën

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