Citroen is further expanding its DS3 line-up with the addition of the Series Noire set to be revealed in just a few days at the Geneva Motor Show. There will be only 750 units built, based on either the THP 150 and HDi 110 engines. Prices will start at €24,750 - or about $33,800 at the current exchange rates.
The "Serie Noire" edition will be distinguished by matte black bodywork, a shiny black roof, 17-inch black, diamond-tipped Bellone wheels, a chrome-plated rubbing strip, and chrome-plated door mirror housings.
On the interior, the model will add Mistral/Lama leather upholstery with the fascia trim, air vent surrounds, interior door handle trim, and gear lever knob in the same shiny black color found on the roof. Standard equipment will include a MyWay navigation system and a HiFi system.
No modifications have been made under the hood, but with the added perks, this special edition gets a bit closer to the more powerful DS3-R model.
It never fails that, when details for a long-awaited model are released, artists everywhere begin to imagine what future variations of the vehicle will look like. It was only a few months ago when details for the 2011 Citroen DS4 were unveiled and now Ugo Spagnolo, a student at the Institut Superieur de Design, has put his thoughts to paper on a new DS model for MY2019.
He’s called his concept the DS24 and his inspiration for it came from
the legendary Citroen DS19 that debuted at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. The DS24 features a futuristic look with a floating roof and sliding rear doors. For the interior, Ugo took his inspiration from the "elasticity of the air and the flexibility of the water." The cabin features a blue illumination and cloud-like white leather upholstery.
And in the spirit of the latest model, the DS24 features a hydrogen fuel cell which provides power to an electric motor that is integrated into the chassis. The car’s performance is unknown at this point, but we’ll excuse his oversight simply because we are so impressed with his design!
If there’s an automaker that best exemplifies chic lifestyle, it’s Citroen. Known for having its fair share of collaborations with fashion designers – Yves Saint Laurent, are you there? – the French automaker has teamed up with another designer for a set of special edition DS3 hatchbacks.
In collaboration with renowned designer, Orla Kiely, Citroen is releasing a special edition DS3 that will be limited to only 500 units. Each of the cars come in four different colors and are painted with four different design patterns on the roof that feature Kiely’s signature stem or acorn design.
Commenting on her partnership with Citroen, Kiely was understandably ecstatic about the opportunity to work on her own special edition DS3.
“Collaborating with Citroën and DS3 was such an exciting project as it’s so different from all my previous work,” the designer said.
“I love the designs we’ve created and the way they’re incorporated into the car!"
We trust that these special edition models are catered to a specific audience because we can’t see ourselves driving around town with acorns on our roof. Not to say that we don’t like it because we actually do. It’s just not our, shall we say, cup of tea.
Details on the Citroen DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection after the jump.
They may not post the fastest ‘north to 60’ times in automotive history, but the Citroen DS3 and the Honda CR-Z are two sports hatches that have their own redeeming qualities. For starters, they’re more fuel-efficient than sports coupes, they’re both aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and in the case of the CR-Z, it’s a hybrid. Everybody loves hybrids these days so the CR-Z has that going for it, even though Honda is now creating a petrol version of the vehicle to increase sales..
Having said that, Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell decided to give the two sports hatches a nice little shakedown around the track to determine which of the two hatches has the leg up over its competitor.
After their own individual lap times, Needell came to a number of conclusions. First, if you’re looking for a car that’s packed with power and speed, these two cars aren’t going to satisfy your lust for thrills. Second, where they lack in speed they make up for in efficiency, especially the CR-Z, which has an electrical motor that adds 14 horsepower to the car’s gas engine that produces 112 horsepower.
Third, the Citroen DS3 eventually proved to be a better ride than the CR-Z, proving that despite the times we are living in, old school technology can still one-up its more high-tech counterpart.
The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.
When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.
With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.
In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?
After the DS3 and DS4, Citroen has announced that there will more DS versions launched in the near future, including a sports car based on the Survolt concept. And now that Citroen has dropped plans for a production version of the GT Concept, the future DS sports car will be the only high performance model Citroen will offer.
We don’t expect the production model to follow the concept that closely as we have already picked up on a few changes that will be made, but we are hoping that the overall look and performance of the production model will be just as good, if not better, than the concept. And with Citroen targeting younger customers looking for more than just a simple sports car, we can only imagine that it will be.
Look for Citroen’s only sports car to debut sometime in 2012 with sales starting as early as 2013.
Citroen has long been in the shadows of the Germans. This is partly because their cars have been horribly unreliable and partly because they just weren’t as good to drive. But the French automaker is going to try and change all of that with their new luxury machine, the DS9.
Another reason for this new machine is that Citroen is planning on entering Asia with this vehicle, as it’s the first design carried out at the company’s Shanghai-based design team. It was first created in May of 2010 and Citroen hopes that it will show Chinese buyers that they can rival the higher-end products from the Germans.
Hit the jump to read on and see some new pictures of the DS9.
The new model will be called DS4 Racing (or Sport) and is descried as a "hybridized DS4 model." This new model will combine a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine with 200 HP and with a 95 HP electric motor on the rear axle. The result for this all-wheel drive sport model is a total output of 295 HP. This new hybrid system is similar to the PSA Group’s diesel HYbrid4 set-up or perhaps it will de derived from the new front-wheel drive hybrid system PSA Group is developing with BMW.
The new DS4 Racing is expected to make its world debut sometime in 2013, after the standard DS4 will go on sale in 2011.
We already knew that Citroen had plans for more DS versions, including a sports car, but we didn’t know until now that the Survolt actually previewed the future DS Roadster. The current DS line-up includes the DS3 and DS4, and Citroen has confirmed an open top version of the DS3.
But while the Survolt Concept featured a 200kw electric motor, we expect to see a conventional power plant– although a hybrid is entirely possible - for the next DS Roadster. The concept features a tubular chassis, a flat underside with an extractor, and full carbon bodywork. As for capabilities, the Survolt can produce a 0-60 mph time of just a shade under five seconds with a top speed of 162 mph.
Like all the other DS models, the Roadster will be distinguished by striking LED lights, a chrome-finished waistline surrounding dark tinted windows, muscular wheel arches, a tautly drawn roofline with a spoiler, a chrome rear bumper, and light clusters highlights.
After making its world debut at the Paris Auto Show, the new DS3 WRC is now getting shown off in a promotional video from Citroen that displays what the car is capable of. In this video, the DS3 WRC is testing in Algarve and is being driven by Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia.
The DS3 WRC is powered by a 1.6-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine that delivers 300 HP. It also features cooling vents and aerodynamic parts designed to improve road holding at high speeds. The four-wheel-drive transmission incorporates a six-gear sequential gearbox and front and rear mechanical differentials.
The new model will replace the C4 WRC in the 2011 World Rally Championship. Official debut will be made at the Rally Sweden in February 2011. There will be two teams entering the competition: Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena and Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia.