Citroën DS3

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Citroën DS3
Citroën DS3 front 20100410.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Citroën
Production 2009–present
Assembly Poissy, France (PSA Poissy Plant)
Designer Mark Lloyd
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 3-door convertible
3-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Related Citroën C3
Citroën C4 Cactus
Peugeot 208
Powertrain
Engine 1.4 L I4 16v
1.6 L I4 16v
1.6 L THP 16v I4
1.6 L I4 HDI
Transmission 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Length 3,950 mm (155.5 in)
Width 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height 1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Citroën C2
2010 Citroën DS3 VTi 120
The rear of a Citroën DS3.

The Citroën DS3 is a supermini, produced by the French manufacturer Citroën since 2009 and officially launched in January 2010.[1] This is the first car in the new DS (pronounced déesse, which is French for goddess) range from Citroën. It was first hinted by the concept car Citroën DS Inside.[2] While DS branding explicitly recalls the classic Citroën DS, the DS3 bears no resemblance to the older car and shares none of its engineering quirks.

Overview[edit]

The DS3 was named 2010 Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine.[3]

Citroën revamped their DS3 line for the summer of 2011 with a new, limited edition model, a new colour and a new decal on the roof. The new color is brun Hickory, a shade of dark brown that recently made its debut on the DS3′s bigger sibling, the DS4. One of the DS3′s strongest selling points is the ability for a customer to personalize their car when they order it by mixing and matching body and roof colours, decals, and so on. This new colour helps that by bringing the total amount of available body colours to ten.

The DS3 features prominently in the video for the Pixie Lott song "What Do You Take Me For". It is the first car that has had product placement in a British music video.[4]

The DS3 range received a mild facelift in 2014, with revised engines and new design of LED headlights for the top of the range models.[5] The new BlueHDi diesel, available in two states of tune, has a low CO
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emissions of 79g/km.

DS3 Racing[edit]

DS3 Racing

A 207 hp (154 kW) version,[6] the DS3 Racing, was introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It is the road version of Citroën's rally specification DS3 R3. The new 0-62 mph time is 6.5 seconds and the increased top speed is 146 mph (235 km/h).

The DS3 Racing is offered in only two colours, white with gray accents or black with orange accents including roof, wheels and interior. Besides these unique colour schemes, the DS3 Racing is distinguished from other trim levels by the use of real carbon fiber on the front splitter, grill, wheel arches and rear diffuser. Additionally, carbon fiber is prominently featured on the interior.[7]

In October 2011, Citroën announced that were planning on building a total of 2,400 DS3 Racings, significantly more than the 1,000 initially planned.[8]

In October 2012, Citroën announced the DS3 RRC intended for use in the championships below the of the WRC: WRC-2 (formerly S-WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), some national championships and so on. Visually and internally, the two models (DS3 WRC and RRC) are different since the regulations are more restrictive on the RRC. For example, the WRC 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine has been slightly modified dropping the power from 315 bhp to 275 bhp, visually the bumper intakes are smaller and the rear spoiler complies with the S2000 standards. The other significant change concerns the brakes in tarmac configuration: the diameter of the discs has been reduced from 355 to 350mm and the water-cooling system has been removed.[9]

DS3 Cabrio[edit]

Citroën unveiled the DS3 Cabrio at Paris Motor Show in September 2012 with sales commencing in 2013.[10]

Matière Grise edition[edit]

Citroën announced the "Matière Grise" limited edition of 750 cars for European market. It is finished in flat grey paint with chromed mirrors, chromed door trim and chromed tail light surrounds. The roof can be ordered in either white or black and the only available wheels are 17″ alloys, also available in white and black.[11]

Specifications[edit]

Petrol engine[12][13]
Model Engine Power@rpm Torque@rpm 0–100 km/h(s) Top speed Transmission CO2 emission (g/km)
VTi 82 2012- 1199cc I4 82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp) @5750 118 N·m (87 lb·ft) @2750 14.2 108 mph (174 km/h) 5-speed manual 104
VTi 95 2009-2012 1397cc I4 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @6000 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) @4000 10.6 114 mph (183 km/h) 134-136
VTi 120 2009- 1598cc I4 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @6000 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) @4200 8.9 118 mph (190 km/h) 136-138
10.9 4-speed automatic 153-155
THP 150[14] 1598cc I4 turbo 157 PS (115 kW; 155 hp) @6000 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) @1400-4000 7.3 133 mph (214 km/h) 6-speed manual 155
THP 155 2011?- 139
THP 207 2011?- 207 PS (152 kW; 204 hp) @6000 275 N·m (203 lb·ft) @2000 6.5 146 mph (235 km/h) 149
Diesel engine
Model Engine Power@rpm Torque@rpm 0–100 km/h(s) Top speed Transmission CO2 emission (g/km)
HDi 90 FAP 2009- 1560cc I4 turbo 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @3750 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @2000 11.3/11.5 112 mph (180 km/h) 5-speed manual 104/99
HDi 110 FAP 2009- 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @4000 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) @2000 9.8 118 mph (190 km/h) 6-speed manual 115
e-HDi 90 Airdream manual 95g 2010?- 91 PS (67 kW; 90 hp) @4000 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @1750 12.5 113 mph (182 km/h) 5-speed manual 95
e-HDi 90 Airdream manual 99g 2010- 98
e-HDi 110 Airdream 2011- 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp) @3600 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) @1750 9.7 118 mph (190 km/h) 6-speed manual 99

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
LHD supermini (2009)[15]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 31 87%
Child occupant: 35 71%
Pedestrian: 13 35%
Safety assist: 6 83%

Sales and production[edit]

Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 1,700[16] 500[16]
2010 68,400[16] 64,500[16]
2011 77,169[1] 78,375[1] Total production reaches 147,254 units.[1]
2012 68,800[17] 68,200[17] Total production reaches 216,100 units.[17]
2013 69,014[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "PSA Annual Report 2012". Car manufacturers. PSA. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Citroën DS3 Concept images and first details revealed, Global Motors, February 5, 2009 
  3. ^ "Citroen DS3 is top car in TopGear Magazine Awards 2010". BBC. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Pixie Lott tunes in to Citroën, UK: Girlracer, September 16, 2010 
  5. ^ "2014 Citroen DS3 face-lift revealed". What Car?. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Citroën DS3 Racing - 1.6 THP 16V Racing Black 3d - Facts & Figures". Parkers. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Citroën DS3 Racing Review". Evo Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Citroën to increase DS3 Racing production?". Leftlanenews.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Citroën DS3 RRC: A new addition to the family!". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Citroen reveals the DS3 Cabrio". Top Gear. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Citroën updates the DS3 line with new limited-edition model and new colors.". 
  12. ^ "Citroen DS3 Technical specifications UK site". Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Citroen DS3 brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  14. ^ "Citroen DS3 1.6 THP 150 6-Gang manuell Sportchic (115 kW) [10] Test Auto" (in German). Testberichte.de. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Euro NCAP test". Car safety tests. Euro NCAP. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Engine specs from PSA Peugeot Citroën". Creator and designer. PSA Peugeot Citroën. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c Memento Mars 2013. PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013. p. 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013. (French)
  18. ^ PSA Annual Report 2014

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