• Nov 28th 2006 at 11:08AM
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1955 – Elvis is just heating up, Blackboard Jungle is in theaters and tailfins will take a couple more years to really get outrageous. Across the Atlantic in France, the Martians forgot their space capsule. There is no other way to explain a car that debuted in 1955 having such sophistication – a hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension, excellent handling and ride, and headlamps that swiveled with the steering, to name a few. The Citroen DS was a unique, well-loved, amazing piece of engineering. It appears that the fondness for the DS of yore gave rise to an evocative fantasy creation, the D5. Featured in an Auto Moto magazine article that "covered" the D5's unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the rendering pictured here certainly lifts its majorstyling cues from the iconic DS.

[Source: Citroenet]

Under the D5's Jet-Age facade is a transverse boxer engine mounted midship, powering an all-wheel-drive system. The mid-mounting and low height of the engine are said to enhance crash safety, as is the neo-retro bodywork. Inside, the inventiveness continues with 5 seating places, one centrally located and able to swivel between forward and backward facing. Nice touches are everywhere, like an electrochromic glass roof that can go from dark to transparent in 6 seconds, and a double-pane windshield for noise and thermal isolation. Powertrains are reported to pay homage to their forebears as well. Thus, the D5 will not be anymore of a scorcher than the DS was, but it'll be a heck of a nice ride while getting there. We're not sure how it'd sell in the US, but it appears to have a ready-made fan base in France. Hey, if it was driven by both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Brigitte Bardot, it could be a winner again!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Gavin.

      J'adore "la deese", but this is ugly as hell.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That thing is hideous. Sure there would be some people in the USA that would buy it but it would never get close to being a big seller.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That C6 seen near San Diego must belong to Mr. Ruudman at Citroen Concours in San Diego, or one of his customers. They might be importing them in for rich clients (and you would need to be rich to do so, as they are not being imported by Citroen). As for me, I love my '71 Citroen DS21 Pallas and my '79 CX 2500D Pallas, but I would buy this new DS design in a heartbeat, assuming it still had the hydro-pneumatic suspension. Some people hate the design, but I love it! - Jim Agnew in Rocklin, CA.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The sensational 1955 Citroen DS was light years ahead of its time. Its streamlined body, mechanical systems and chassis contained features absent today's cars. I have never forgotten my first drive in one.

      I believe the delicious Chapron Citroen DS convertible is still available today, over 50-years after introduction. http://www.ritzsite.demon.nl/Citroen68/Pics/ds21_pallas_decapotable.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago

      it may have had great tech advances when it came out, but it couldn't get any uglier that this
      • 8 Years Ago
      It had a big button for the brake pedal. I saw a Chapron convertible in Nice in '68.
      A beautiful car. Does Citroen still really make them and how much do they cost?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh god, it's weirder than shit. i love it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it is beautiful. I want one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Back about oh, say, 1969, a coworker purchased a new Citroen down in Raleigh, NC. He proudly showed it off in the parking lot at work. I marveled at its' ability to "jack" itself up and lift a wheel in order to change a tire just like formula race cars do today. I also remember it to be the most luxurious car I had ever ridden in to that stage of my life and would continue to be so for decades to come. Soft leather and fine wool and wood everywhere.
      Stunning styling decades ahead of its' time and timeless.
      Fine engineering and quality are always timeless.
      Oh where oh where did you go my little Citroen?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Exactly! Look at the interior and the stretched roofline...both from a MINI Cooper.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "No one in the US would buy this car, but I like it."

      • 8 Years Ago
      This car to me looks like a 4-door GM EV-1. I never realized it, but the DS and the EV-1 do have stylistic similarities.
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