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2014 Paris Motor Show Preview: Citroen DS 3 Ines de La Fressange Paris Concept

For the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Citroen’s DS Styling Centre and Ines de La Fressange Paris teamed up in order to develop two concept cars based on the DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio. Inspired by the world of fashion, the DS 3 features a satin-finish In Blue which is complemented by the glossy Onyx Black roof.

Meanwhile, the DS 3 Cabrio arrives with a glossy Perla Nera Black, while the roof features a matte Infinite Blue roof and an Infinite Blue soft top. Both concept cars get 17-inch Aphrodite diamond-cut wheels and wheel hubs and DS logo surround in Ines Red.

According to Citroen, the concept cars were designed to showcase the DS 3 New Light Signature and the concept cars feature Ines Red door mirror caps, an Aeropostale adhesive signature in red, white and blue, across the black of the car, as well as an ‘Ines de la Fressange Paris’ badge located on the centre pillar.

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Citroen DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit now on sale in UK at £18,745 OTR

DS has started selling its fourth DS 3 special edition – the DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit. This latest limited edition -- designed with Benefit Cosmetics and carries a tag of £18,745 OTR -- features styling cues inspired by ‘Stay Flawless.’ The DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit features a folding fabric roof that can be opened or closed at motorway speeds.

The DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit boasts of a Polar White body, with a black fabric roof and Fuchsia Pink touches to the door mirrors and wheel center caps. The vehicle also features a ‘Gabbi’s Head’ logo on the ‘Shark Fin’ B-Pillars and a Benefit badge on the rear, in Fuchsia Pink.

Inside, the DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit features bespoke black velour floor mats with Fuchsia edging and an embroidered Fuchsia Benefit logo. Its dashboard, air vent surrounds and gear stick cap are in gloss white trim, with Benefit’s trademark ‘Stay Flawless’ black and white polka dot design placed on the upper part of the dashboard.

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2015 Citroen DS3 Facelift arrives with new state-of-the-art headlights

The stylish Citroen DS 3 and DS3 Cabrio received today a facelift for the 2015MY, which brings new features and technologies. The most important feature on the 2015 Citroen DS 3/ DS 3 Cabrio Facelift are the new state-of-the-art headlights inspired by the Numero 9 and Wild Rubis concept cars. The new headlights combine LED and Xenon modules with new sequential indicators and are a world first for the brand.

Both models retain the 3D-effect LED taillights, with a chrome-finished DS logo in a black embossed DS patter setting. In order to make sure that your car is unique, Citroen is introducing a new range of personalization options as the 2015 DS 3 Facelift is available with the choice of a laser-etched dashboard, and a screen-printed rear window, but also with new colors such as the Pearl White and Bell-lle Blue, which is available exclusively on the DS 3 Cabrio.

In addition, new 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are available on selected models. For the 2015MY, two new Euro 6 diesel engines are available: BlueHDi 120 and BlueHDi 100. Some markets will get the new PureTech e-VTi 82 ETG petrol engine.

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Ultra-limited 2014 Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing now in the UK

The ultra-limited Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing is now available in the United Kingdom. Only 10 DS3 Cabrio Racings can be acquired by potential customers in the UK, a chunk from the only 100 examples produced by Citroen. A DS3 Cabrio Racing starts at £29,305.

Citroën Racing used its experience in their DS3 WRC and DS3 Racing projects, resulting to a limited edition DS3 Cabrio that marries sporting performance, dynamic styling and the pleasure of top-down driving. It is powered by a 207hp four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP engine that provides 30 percent more power and 15 percent more torque than the standard THP 155 unit.

The engine allows the DS3 Cabrio Racing to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 145mph. The DS3 Cabrio Racing features a unique look thanks to sports detailing and a dynamic color scheme, with hints of carbon fiber. The car features Moondark Matte Grey body colour, Black fabric roof and 18-inch Brilliant Black ‘Nemesis’ sports alloy wheels. It also carries Brilliant Red DS logo center caps and red painted brake calipers.

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Citroen has introduced a new range of DS3 special editions for the start of the New Year – the DS3 Pink. Only sold in the United Kingdom, DS3 Pink models can be availed starting January 2014, with prices starting from £15,675. All DS3 Pink models boast of a fuchsia pink roof, door mirrors and wheel center caps.

This theme can also be seen in the interior, complemented by a fuchsia dashboard and a color-coded gear lever knob. All DS3 Pink versions can be availed with Polar White or Perla Nera Black body colors. They also feature additional specification above the existing DStyle and DSport equipment levels. Owners can choose from four engines and from two trim levels.

The DS3 DStyle Pink features 16-inch ‘Ashera’ Black or White alloy wheels that match the selected body color. It also features a HiFi System upgrade with additional speakers. DS3 DStyle Pink could be availed with either a VTi 120 petrol engine or an e-HDi 90 Airdream diesel that emits just 95g/km of carbon dioxide.

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Citroen has just confirmed that the DS3 Cabrio Racing will finally go into production in early 2014. According to Autocar, this new model was confirmed at a media event run by the Citroen Racing team in France.

Regarding the design, you shouldn’t be surprised, as Citroen unveiled the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The production version will use the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine found on the DS3 Racing hot hatch, rated at 207 bhp. The DS3 Cabrio Racing is expected to feature stiffer suspension springs, new front and rear shock absobers.

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If you want an exclusive car, which is not too expensive we have great news for you as Citroen has just announced the DS3 DS World Paris. The first Citroen DS3 DS World Paris will be on display at the new venue in central Paris dedicated 100% to the DS universe. For those who don’t know, the opening of the DS World Paris will take place on 27 November.

Citroen will only produce 15 numbered units of the special DS3, each of them painted in matte ash gray coordinated with the Trinitario brown of the roof and wing mirror shells. Moreover, the limited edition models will feature 17-inch wheels with an original diamond effect that matches the roof and wing mirrors.

The theme is continued at the interior where the hatch comes with watchstrap upholstery developed by the Citroen’s craftsmen-upholsterers, dressed in Trinitario brown Nappa leather with beige overstitching.

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Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing concept made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept merges the best of the DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of the new DS3 Cabrio, as it refers to the carmaker's World Rally Championship connection. The custom-built DS3 Cabrio Racing concept has the looks as well as the performance of a car tuned by Citroen Racing, a multi-WRC title team. 

The dynamically styled DS3 Cabrio Racing concept boasts of a bespoke Moondark matt textured grey paintwork.

It also features special gloss black 19” alloy wheels as well as Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors. Appearing on the black canvas roof in gloss weave and on the on the door mirror housings is characteristic DS pattern. 

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Citroen unveiled the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept ahead of 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Britain’s emblematic motor sports meeting. According to the official press release, the new concept car promises to combine the best of the Citroën DS3 Racing with all the sophistication of the DS3 Cabrio.

Weighing just 25 kg more than the hatchback, the DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept features a mat textured grey paintwork, gloss black 19-inch wheels, Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors.

Moreover, the concept car features the DS pattern on the black canvas roof with its high-tech carbon-fibre look and engraved on the door mirror housings, while the Carmin color is found on the brake callipers, wheel hubs, doors with the wide side strips, and parts of the lettering and badge.

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Citroën has unveiled a range of DS3 Red special editions for the start of 2013. These new models are based on DS3’s current DStyle and DSport trim levels, with exclusive styling features and more standard equipment. The special edition DS3 Red range is presently available and has a starting price of only £15,655.

All DS3 Red models come in Polar White or Perla Nera Black body colors, complemented by an exclusive ‘Red Touch’ interior and exterior pack, including a ‘Sport Red’ roof and door mirrors.

The Red range specifically gets the stunning ‘Sport Red’ finish to the front grille and chevrons. The interior also is customizing using vibrant red elements such as matching red dashboard and door handle surrounds. The DS3 Red models match the exterior body color that the customer has chosen.

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Citroën has rolled its 200,000th DS3 off the production line at its Poissy plant in France. The 200,000th DS3 represented a significant milestone for the success of the model, which was the eldest among the DS family. Citroën introduced the DS3 in Europe and Russia in 2010 and in Argentina in 2011. The French carmaker then introduced the DS3 in Brazil in the first half of 2012 and in China in the later half.

Aside from the main DS3 range, Citroën also built a number of successful DS3 special editions, which included the dynamic DS3 Racing; the stylish DS3 by Orla Kiely and the high-end DS3 Ultra Prestige. Citroën Racing is continuing to reap success in the DS3 WRC, giving the car a more reputable name. 

The French carmaker is slated to unveil a soft-top version of the DS3, the DS3 Cabrio, in 2013, adding more options for customers who want this popular model line. The DS3’s attention-grabbing looks and creative technologies earned the model a number of awards, including Top Gear Magazine ‘Car of the Year’ for 2010 and Diesel Car Magazine ‘Car of the Year’ in 2011.

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Citroën Racing is introducing one of its newest models, the DS3 RRC, which is closely derived from the double World Rally Championship-winning car, DS3 WRC. The DS3 RRC is developed and designed to suit private drivers and could be used in a wide range of competitions like the WRC- 2 (formerly S-WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).

Starting in 2011, the new FIA World Rally Cars regulations allow carmakers to produce a Regional Rally Car (RRC) version of their models, which are intended for use in championships below the level of the WRC. The World Rally Championship-winning car in 2011 and 2012, the Citroën DS3 WRC now has its own RRC variant. The two racing models are virtually different since the regulations are more restrictive when it comes to aerodynamic features on the RRC.

For instance, the bumper intakes are smaller and the rear spoiler complies with the S2000 standards. The 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine for the RRC version was slightly modified, with a specific engine flywheel and a 30mm booster flange, compared with 33mm on the WRC. This only limits the RRC to a maximum power output of up to 275bhp.

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Citroen released the first images and details for the brand new DS3 Cabrio, which will have its world premiere later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46 m high, the new Citroen DS3 Cabrio promises to retain its compact and agile proportions.

The new soft-top roof is now a new source of personalization and according to the official press release this will be available in a range of colours and designs that add to the model’s unique personality. The interior can also be customize and Citroen offers six decors: grey, Brillant black, white, Carbotech, Infinite blue and Moondust grey.

For those who don’t know, decors on the dashboard strip, air vent surrounds and gear stick knob are also colour-coded to the body paint and soft-top.

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The cabriolet version of the Citroen DS3 that will be seen at the upcoming Paris Motor Show will feature a roll-back fabric roof rather than a conventional electric folding cloth top. The new roof is the same one used on the Fiat 500C. Last July, DS3 Cabriolets were spied while being loaded on a car transporter.

This exclusive image is indicative of how the production car will appear, according to the pictures and from sources inside Citroen.

The supermini’s roof bars are kept in place while the roof mechanism will concertina back and is positioned above the tailgate. This suggests that the windows will remain where they are and its main body structure won’t need to get major modifications.

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Citroen has rolled out its DS3 subcompact in Brazil as part of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's aim to cut the carmaker’s reliance on the sluggish European market. Citroen’s latest move is part of PSA’s plan to sell half its vehicles outside Europe by 2015. The carmaker currently sells only 35 percent of its models outside the continent.

Ian Fletcher, an analyst for IHS Global Insight, remarked that the introduction of the Citroen DS3 in Brazil will allow the carmaker to gain higher margins as well as increase its chunk of the South American market. He added that the DS line could be the best way for PSA to raise its profile in Brazil and South America as it complements its lower-cost Citroen and Peugeot models.

Initially, Citroen plans to export the DS cars from France to Brazil, but the carmaker will eventually build the DS in South America, a company spokesman told Automotive News Europe. PSA currently operates a factory in Brazil in Porto Real. The plant, which could produce up to 160,000 units a year, currently builds the Peugeot 207 and the Citroën C3 and Xsara Picasso. 

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Citroën is now selling its DS3 Ultra Prestige in the UK just months after it unveiled the model at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to celebrate the car’s sales success. The DS3 Ultra Prestige is a blend of sophisticated style and premium specification of the DS line. The DS3 Ultra Prestige retains the DS line’s trademark – front seats with “watchstrap” design seat upholstery in “Club” leather.

The front seats also don a new “crescendo” effect, in which the color changes from white at the top to black at the base. The car’s dashboard strip is covered in “Alpine” white leather, embossed with the DS signature.  The dials’ color matches the white interior detailing. The DS3 Ultra Prestige also has ultra-thick protective mats, with double top-stitching in contrasting colors.

DS3’s door panels and central armrest are also fitted with leather trim. On the exterior, DS3 Ultra Prestige is available in two body colors, Polar White and Thorium Grey.

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Superchips Ltd. has created a tuning package for Citroën’s special edition 204 bhp DS3 Racing. The electronic tuning experts worked to boost the model’s performance even more. The DS3 Racing gets an ECU remap that significantly enhances the performance so that those who drive Citroën’s current flagship model get the best experience.

Superchips’ engineers studied the DS3 Racing’s Bosch MED 17 ECU and did some intense dyno and real world road testing so that the Superchips remap improves the performance but doesn’t lessen its reliability.

After Superchips conducted an in-house dyno testing of the Citroën DS3 Racing, it found that the ECU conversion delivers a maximum power increase of 26 bhp at 6312 rpm. The Superchips upgrade raises the rev range of the DS3 Racing’s 1.6-litre, direct injection, twin-scroll turbocharged engine, from 2000 rpm to the 6750 rpm limiter.

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Citroen’s new model, which has the tentative name of DS3 Airflow, had been expected to arrive in 2012 but the latest reports say that it will come in 2013. It’s still unclear if it should be categorized as a convertible, a cabriolet, a semi-convertible or even as a semi-cabriolet. Autoweek.nl reported that this car will receive a Fiat 500C-like architecture, which includes a retractable fabric roof panel that will keep the pillars and door frames.

Many have commented that Citroen is merely following the lead of the Fiat 500C. However, it can’t be denied that Citroen already has the expertise to build a car of this caliber.

Citroen has proven this when it produced the C3 Pluriel between 2003 and 2010. Citroen achieved sales of more than 110,000 units from this model. When compared to a convertible, the advantages of the DS3 Airflow include the open-air experience with excellent handling that come with a decrease in development costs.

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Citroën and renowned designer, Orla Kiely, have announced an exciting collaboration for an exclusive line of DS3 models: the DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection, which is limited to only 500 cars. The collection merges Kiely's iconic style into the eye-catching and award-winning features of Citroën's unique DS3.

Externally, the collection showcases four body colors; colored door mirrors; four different roof designs - featuring Kiely’s signature stem or acorn patterns; black or white 17” alloy wheels; and stem print rear window graphics.

An Orla Kiely stem graphic is also on the rear tailgate, with a further signature positioned in the middle of the rear spoiler.

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At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, be prepared to see a bunch of 2011 World Rally Championship racers. Aside from the Citroen DS3 WRC and the MINI Countryman WRC, Ford has its Fiesta RS WRC on display.

It features a turbocharged 1.6 liter Ecoboost engine, which is a product of the collaboration between Ford, M-Sport and French tuner Pipo Moteur. Ford has yet to announce the official specifications though.

The car will be driven by BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. Its test program for the 2011 season (with the new engine) is set to debut next week on gravel roads in Spain.

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