Citroen / DS3 / DSport 3-dr hatch
WHILE all manufacturers strive to differentiate their brand values, Citroen is
perhaps trying harder than most mainstream brands.
completed its takeover of Citroen in 1975 to form PSA, there was a seemingly
irresistible temptation to use as much Peugeot componentry as possible in the
While CitroŽn still had the standout advantage of the
unique hydropneumatic suspension, this technology was too expensive to use in
all but the premium models.
, , Beneath the skin, Citroens were mostly Peugeots
by another name.
Any sense of modern Citroens having descended from one of the
cars of the 20th Century, the radical DS, was becoming remote by about 1990., ,
While sales have been strong (although less so in Australia in the recent
past), PSA executives came to see a need to differentiate Citroens further from
Peugeots and to remind prospective buyers of the marque’s history.
decision was taken to create a range of premium models spun off the most
popular lines., , This is the DS series, of which the DS3 is the first example.
The ‘DS’ is self-explanatory in this context, while the ‘3’ reveals that this
car is a development of the latest Citroen C3.
But is it a mere marketing ploy
or does the DS3 stand apart from the light car which shares its underpinnings?
Model release dates: September 2010 - April 2015
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