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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.

Source: Cars UK

After making its first racing debut on the legendary Le Mans circuit, the Citroen Survolt has received a little head-to-toe makeover courtesy of the dynamic Francoise Nielly. Unlike Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst , who are tremendous artists in their ow regard, Nielly’s work encompasses the creativity and incandescent colors found in the style of art cars, leaving the task of turning the Survolt into a Nielly masterpiece as a beautifully simple one.

Francoise Nielly uses a variety of fluorescent colors combined with contrasting curved lines and sculpted flanks to "reclaim the light and offer a different reading of the car running 100% power of the brand", says the manufacturer for the Rafters. Broken down, this mean that most of the coloring is found on the front of the car with a gradual decrease of color flowing towards the back. This keeps the eye focused on the most powerful view of the vehicle.

The Citroen Survolt measures at 3.85m long, 1.87.m wide, and 1.2m high and weighs in at just 1,150 kg. It comes with a tubular chassis, a flat underside with an extractor, and full carbon bodywork. As for capabilities, the Survolt is powered solely by electricity and can produce a 0-60 mph time of just a shade under five seconds with a top speed of 162 mph.

The Survolt Artcar will be displayed in the C42 showroom, in Champs-Elysees, Paris.

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.

Next to the DS3 and DS4 , the newly launched Citroen DS line-up will include a series of new models, including a sports car said the company boss Frederic Banzet at the Paris Auto Show. Talking to AutoCar he said that a sports car is seriously taken under consideration. But until we’ll have the chance to see it on the streets we will see more derivatives of the DS3. And the first of them will be a soft-top DS3.

Citroen’s DS models are distinguished by: striking LED light, a chrome-finished waistline surrounding dark tinted windows, muscular wheel arches, tautly drawn roofline with a spoiler for added vitality, chrome rear bumper and light clusters highlights. The DS3 model gets a 1.6 turbo THP engine that delivers a total of 155 HP, while the DS4 will get a HDi 110 engine combined with Citroen’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology. The two models will go on sale in 2011.

Source: Autocar

Citroen has unveiled the DS3 WRC rally car at the Paris Auto Show. This 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. As a reminder, Ford already announced its participation in this contest with the new Fiesta RS WRC .

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 FIA rules ban costly materials such as titanium and carbon-fibre, and standardise certain parts like the turbocharger and limit the changes that can be made to the vehicle during its lifetime. Rally nevertheless remains a great testing ground for driving new advances in vehicle technology.

Press release after the jump.

Though it’s still not on the level of MINI’s quirkiness, Citroen is definitely fast approaching that atmosphere, and if it keeps up its pace, it can seriously give the former a run for its money.

And for what it’s worth, those French boys really know the fastest way to a dude’s heart…er…head.

Channeling their inner matchmaker, Citroen has released a fun little match-up game on their website, where people, both male and female, are afforded the opportunity to build their perfect date. Yes, that includes face, body, and all the way down to the legs. As soon as you’re done building the e-girl of your dreams, Citroen will then show you what the perfect car is for your perfect virtual date, which, based on the multiple times we worked on our myriad of fantasmical women, always seems to end up being the Citroen DS3 .

Maybe the company’s trying to tell us something here, like say, the DS3 is the car that can land you that dream date with the dream girl in real life.

Well played, Citroen. Well played.

Source: Citroen

To say that the new Citroen DS3 rally car has some big shoes to fill is like saying that Megan Fox is hot. Well, duh.

Following in the footsteps of the C4 rally car isn’t always the best place to get your feet wet in the world of rally. This is especially true since the C4, which has been running for four years, already has a laundry list of accomplishments, including three driver’s championships and two manufacturer’s championships. Can you take the heat, DS3?

Nevertheless, Citroen is ready to unveil their next-generation rally race, which was built with a smaller, normally aspirated engine to adhere to the new rules that are going to be enforced in the World Rally Championship beginning in the 2011 season.

The C3 rally car is scheduled to have its public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show next week. But before that, Citroen has released a new teaser video of the new rally car. We’re dying to find out how the DS3 can handle the enormous shadow cast by its predecessor. Although we won’t be able to find that out until next year, we’re likewise excited to see how the new rally car looks.

This match-up isn’t something we would usually care about, but with the growing interest in electric vehicle, we figured we would have to just get used to the idea. In this duel, an electric concept and an electric motorcycle went head to head at Thruxton race circuit. The Citroen Survolt and the Agni Z2 were handled by two professional female racers – Vanina Ickx and Jenny Tinmouth.

The Survolt is powered by two electric motors with a combined power of 300bhp from 0 to 5,000rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds and can hit a top speed of 162mph. The Agni Z2 features an 65hp all-electric drivetrain and can hit a top speed of 130 mph.

"This was a fantastic experience – the first electric duel of its type. The lack of engine noise made it a very interesting challenge. Normally you have an idea where your opponent is by their sound, but with electric vehicles it’s so much quieter – a new racing dynamic. I had a lot of fun and I’m thrilled to have been part of this unique track event."

So, which of these electric opponents do you think came out on top? Check out the video to see for yourself!

Press release after the jump.

What would a major international motor show be without a quirky concept vehicle in attendance attracting a strong following?

And given that this is the Paris Motor Show, we shouldn’t be surprised that Citroen is bringing with them a concept vehicle that they collaborated with French clothing brand Lacoste. Predictably enough, the concept is being called the “Citroen Lacoste Concept”.

The buggy-looking concept certainly has a lot of reference to the image of Lacoste, one that promotes a colorful, vibrant, and sporty lifestyle. Look more closely and you’ll notice a number of allusions to sports, including the golf ball-inspired alloy wheels and tennis net parts you can find scattered around the car’s unique body. The concept’s interior is also replete with Lacoste references including t-shirt-inspired seat trims that hits close to the French clothing brand’s overall style.

Suffice to say, the Citroen Lacoste Concept looks nothing like a standard vehicle. Suited more to be described either as a futuristic buggy or a door-less sporty off-roader, the concept vehicle is powered by a three-cylinder engine that comes with sufficient performance numbers to power a vehicle of this size and weight. Although the vehicle is nothing more than a concept, we have to admit that we’re digging the whole quirky and sporty look to it. It may not hit production blocks anytime soon, but we’re still looking forward to seeing this vehicle hit the showroom floor of the Paris Motor Show . If for nothing else, it should add some color and energy to the multi-day auto event.

Whoever said that car companies and high fashion brands don’t have a place in each other’s arms has obviously never met Citroen .

The French manufacturer has already tied the proverbial “partnership knot” with one such brand – Yves St. Laurent – and has even launched its own DS3 Design Competition when we found out that they have tapped yet another fashion icon to collaborate with: Japanese fashion powerhouse Kenzo.

For their collaboration, Citroen and Kenzo decided to dress up a DS3 premium hatchback – care to venture a guess on why hatches are getting all the love from designers these days - by giving it a colorful and eye-catching retro pattern on both the car’s roof, as well as the interior upholstery.

Call us crazy, but we’re actually digging this design. We like how Citroen and Kenzo kept the patterns relatively tame while also using colors that don’t scream attention by the mere sight of it. There’s no word yet on how many of these cars will be released, but from what we’ve gathered, at least for the mean time, this special edition DS3 will be kept as a one-off.

Source: Citroen

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