Citroen releases images of aviation-inspired DS5 and the iconic Concorde

Article by Anita Panait, on December 21, 2011

A series of DS5 holiday season pictures will be released by Citroen as a play on the car’s aviation-inspired design. The pictures, taken at Le Bourget Airport, France by Laurent Nivalle of Citroen Styling, show the DS5 posing under the wings of the Concorde plane, just like its DS ancestor.It was initiated by the ‘C-Forum’ Citroen fan club.

The Citroen DS5 won the Top Gear Magazine’s 2011 ‘Family Car of the Year’ award, thanks to its aviation design, aerodynamic body and onboard systems. Inside the DS5, one may feel like sitting inside a plane’s cockpit with its overhead switches, a head-up display and a roof with three light wells.

The Citroën DS5 is visionary and innovative, and prides itself of being different. It offers pleasure and boasts an ability to stir your imagination and to transform each trip on the road into a unique experience. The Citroën DS5 took inspiration from the C-SportLounge concept vehicle, but the Marque’s objective goes much further with the production car.

Yet, the Citroën DS5 is a revelation in itself, with its style, its instantly identifiable silhouette, and its singular proportions. Its one-in-a-million form looks like it is possessed by the Gran Turismo’s spirit.

You can see a very unique vehicle in the Citroën DS5, with an aerodynamic sculpture that is an interesting interplay between flowing and taut lines. This alone speaks of the car’s promise of an exhilarating drive.

You can instantly recognize the Citroën DS5 as part of the DS family when you see its front end. You will see that the car boasts an oversized air intake, an incisive gaze that is emphasized by LED lighting, and a wide, chromed grille that houses the chevrons.

What’s more, the Citroën DS5’s profile is an expression of its personality. Its body conveys vitality and robustness, and it sets the expectation of a well-appointed interior, too. It is also hard to miss its sculpted sides that create a play of lights and shadows. A slender chrome sabre that runs from the headlamp’s tip to the front windows actually reflects the light. This chrome sabre is cast in one piece and plays up the car’s exterior styling. On the other hand, it is the smoothly recessed curves of the car’s rear wing – a distinct characteristic of the DS line vehicles – that create the shadows.

Meanwhile, the rear view of the car underlines its rank on the road. It squarely sits on wide tracks, which are, in turn, underlined by the twin exhaust pipes that are built into its rear bumper as well as highlighted by six light guides.

Without a doubt, the Citroën DS5’s design approach is a combination of great appearance and aerodynamic efficiency. You can see this in the bumper’s side air intakes, which visually widen the car’s front end and channel air flow around its wheels. This design approach can also be seen in the built-in aerodynamic deflectors of the one-piece polycarbonate quarter-light that result to terrific aerodynamics, with a 0.29 Cx and a 0.69 m2 SCx.

Needless to say, the Citroën DS5 is extraordinary, befitting all the superlatives you can think of! It is naturally appealing with its daring silhouette, bewitching with its intensely sharp gaze, and attractive with its highly refined detailing.

Press Release

Citroen DS5 meets Concorde

Citroën has released a beautiful series of photographs for the holiday season in which the aviation-inspired New DS5, the latest model in the distinctively styled DS line, poses under the wings of the classic Concorde aircraft, just as the legendry DS did in its heyday.

The pictures were taken at Le Bourget Airport, France by Laurent Nivalle, a photographer at Citroën Styling. The shoot was part of an initiative by the ‘C-Forum’ Citroën fan club and plays on the aviation theme that inspired the design of DS5.

With pilot-style overhead switches inspired by plane cockpits, a head-up display and a roof divided into three light wells, the aviation design cues are clear to see. Immaculate attention to detail and authentic premium materials also ensure an immediate impression of quality and refinement.

DS5 will be launched in the UK in March 2012.

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