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Ds Automobiles

DS Automobiles
Type
Premium brand of Groupe PSA
Industry Automotive
Founded 2009: as a premium sub brand of Citroën
2014: as a standalone brand of Groupe PSA
Headquarters
Rueil-Malmaison
,
France
Area served
Worldwide, except United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Asia
Key people
Yves Bonnefont, CEO
Products Automobiles
Luxury vehicles
Parent Groupe PSA
Website www.dsautomobiles.com

DS is the luxury vehicle brand of Groupe PSA.

The DS marque was first announced in early 2009 by Citroën as a premium sub-brand added to certain models, with DS being an abbreviation of Different Spirit or Distinctive Series (although the reference to the historical Citroën DS is evident), to run in parallel to its mainstream cars. The name is also a play on words, as in French it is pronounced like the word déesse, meaning goddess. Since 2015 (and since 2012 already in China), the Citroen branding was dropped from the DS line models, and DS continued as a standalone brand. According to PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, DS will keep using the same platforms and dealerships as other PSA models, but will distinguish itself from Citroën cars by using "separate manufacturing and engineering standards".

The DS line started with the Citroën DS3 in early 2010, a small car based on the floor plan of the new C3.

The Citroën DS3 is based on the concept of the produced Citroën C3 Pluriel model and the Citroën DS Inside concept car. The Citroën DS3 is customisable with various roof colours that can contrast with the body panels. The Citroën DS3 was named 2010 Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine, awarded first supermini four times in a row by the JD Power Satisfaction Survey UK and second most efficient supermini (Citroën DS3 1.6 e-HDi 115 Airdream : True MPG 63.0mpg) by What Car ? behind theCitroën C3. In 2013, the Citroën DS3 was again the most sold premium subcompact car with 40% of these market shares in Europe, validating the business model of this product development.

The DS series is deeply connected to Citroën, as the DS4, launched in 2010, is based on the 2008 Citroën Hypnos concept car and the DS5, following in 2011, is based on the 2005 Citroën C-SportLounge concept car.

Their rear badge is a new DS logo rather than the familiar Citroën double chevron, and all will have markedly different styling from their equivalent sister car. Citroën has produced several dramatic-looking concept sports cars of late with the fully working Citroën Survolt being badged as a DS. Indeed, the 2014 DS Divine concept car develops the Citroën Survolt prototype as the future sport coupé of the DS range.

In China, DS vehicles have been sold in separate dealerships since 2014, with production of the models being in China as well.The DS 5LS and DS 6WR are only sold in China. With the facelift of the DS5 in 2015, the DS brand was also separated from the Citroën brand in Europe and standalone DS dealerships are planned worldwide.

History

PSA originally consisted of three automobile brands, Peugeot, Citroën, and the soon-dropped Talbot, but none was considered a "premium" brand. Since 1976, PSA has experimented with differentiating the brands by price level, similar to Chevrolet/Buick or Volkswagen/Audi, but neither brand had the strength to justify premium pricing. Eventually, the concept of introducing a third brand was tried: DS. This had been done successfully by other manufacturers, notably the Lexus and Infiniti premium brands.

Groupe PSA decided to build on the design heritage of the original Citroën DS (1955 to 1975). The DS line started with the Citroën DS3 in the beginning of 2010, a small car based on the floorpan of the new C3. The DS3 is based on the concept of the Citroën C3 Pluriel model and the Citroën DS Inside concept car, and customisable with various roof colours that can contrast with the body panels.

It was named 2010 Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine, awarded first supermini four times in a row by the J.D. Power Satisfaction Survey UK and second most efficient supermini (Citroën DS3 1.6 e-HDi 115 Airdream : True MPG 63.0mpg) by What Car? behind the Citroën C3.

In 2013, the Citroën DS3 was again the best-selling premium subcompact car with 40% of the market share in Europe, validating the business model of this product development.[citation needed] The DS series is deeply connected to Citroën, as the DS4, launched in 2010, is based on the 2008 Citroën Hypnos concept car and the DS5, following in 2011, is based on the 2005 Citroën C-SportLounge concept car.

According to PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, DS will keep using the same platforms and dealerships as other PSA models, but will distinguish itself from Citroën cars by using "separate manufacturing and engineering standards".

Their rear badge is a new DS logo rather than the familiar Citroën double chevron, and all will have markedly different styling from their equivalent sister car. Citroën has produced several dramatic-looking concept sports cars of late with the fully working Citroën Survolt being badged as a DS. Indeed, the 2014 DS Divine concept car develops the Survolt prototype as the future sport coupé of the DS range.

China

In China, DS vehicles have been sold in separate dealerships since 2014. DS models for sale in China are produced by the Changan PSA joint venture based in Shenzhen. The DS 5LS and DS 6WR are only sold in China. With the facelift of the DS5 in 2015, the DS brand was also separated from the Citroën brand in Europe and standalone DS dealerships are planned worldwide.

Models

Current

DS 3 DS 3 Crossback DS 4 DS 4S DS 5 DS 5LS DS 6 DS 7 Crossback
2017 DS 3 Chic PureTech 1.2 Front.jpg DS 3 Crossback - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2018 - 002.jpg 2016 DS DS4 Elegance BlueHDi 1.6 Front.jpg DS 4S 01 China 2016-04-18.jpg DS 5 facelift 02 China 2016-04-16.jpg DS 5LS China 2014-04-14.jpg DS 6 02 China 2015-04-08.jpg 2018 DS 7 Crossback Ultra Prestige PTC 1.6 Front.jpg

Concept cars

Planned

DS9

Sales

Year Worldwide sales
2012 129,000
2013 122,694
2014 118,472
2015 102,335
2016 85,981
2017 52,860

Motorsport

Formula E

DS Virgin Racing Punta del Este ePrix 2015 01(r).JPG
 

DS partnered with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Racing team for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship. The team competed under the title of DS Virgin Racing, finished the 2015-16 season in third place, and fourth in the 2016-17 season. For the 2018-19 season, DS moved to sponsor Techeetah, ending its relationship with Virgin.

 

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