Range-topping DS saloon and Survolt sports car tipped for production
23 July 2010

Citroen is working on bringing two of its recent concepts to production: the Metropolis upmarket saloon, which could be badged DS9, and the Survolt sports car.

Citroen’s attempt at breaking into the European executive saloon market with the current C6 hasn’t been successful, but PSA design boss Jean-Pierre Ploué told Autocar that Citroën must persevere, and the Metropolis is the model that could do this, coming to European showrooms as a range-topping DS model

See pics of the Citroen Survolt and Citroen Metropolis

“We cannot afford to let the likes of Audi, Mercedes and BMW forge into Citroën’s heartland supermini territory without fighting back and pushing into theirs,” he said.

He added: “Selling large luxury cars in Europe is not easy at the moment, but I believe Citroën has a great deal more to bring to the market.

“A large, characterful DS flagship model — we could call it a DS9 to reference the original DS19 — could do great things for us.”

Ploué also suggested that developing such a car for the Chinese market, and badging it as a Citroën, would be a sound financial bet.

The Survolt project, meanwhile, has produced a running prototype that gave a demonstration run at the Le Mans Classic race meeting. It has an identical specification to the concept car, giving it 248bhp and 738lb ft of torque.

“It’s still our intention to put the Survolt into low-volume production, and we’re pursuing the idea of a one-make race series,” our source confirmed.

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20 July 2010

Wouldn't it be fantastic if they were brave/rich/foolish enough to build this? Knocks anything else into a cocked hat style-wise.

20 July 2010

Absolute jaw-dropper! If they could only put it into production as it is now it would be a knock-out success. Citroën design is really at the leading edge; Survolt, GTbyCitroën and the Metropolis are all fantastic.

20 July 2010

[quote Nappeunnom]Absolute jaw-dropper! If they could only put it into production as it is now it would be a knock-out success. Citroën design is really at the leading edge; Survolt, GTbyCitroën and the Metropolis are all fantastic.[/quote]

could not agree more. They need to get their mojo back and this all looks 'doable' They need to keep the crazy doors and the big wheels - and make it ride like a Citroen used to

20 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Citroen is working on bringing two of its recent concepts to production: the Metropolis upmarket saloon, which could be badged DS9, and the Survolt sports car.[/quote] Sounds like M.Ploué has the right ideas; if they can bring this Metropolis concept to market as near as possible as is (big wheels, doors and all) they would have a runaway success on their hands, pretty much like the DS3 has been (saw a Botticelli Blue one, with a white roof, parked up in my village yesterday, looked fabulous in the sunshine). It is great to see Citroen building and selling really distinctive cars again, keep it up, messieurs.


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20 July 2010

Both cars look stunning, I especially like the Metropolis but both look to have Character. Jean-Pierre's view of hitting the established German trio where it hurts is a great thought but surely Citroen don't have the qudos that the other three manage before they have turned a wheel in many peoples minds. Don't get me wrong, I would much rather have a car like the Metroplois than anything currently available form the others even if it does not have the badge on the front.

I am glad to see Citroen getting back to what they do best though, innovative design couple with a bit of Galic flair.

20 July 2010

Ill have a year old one please

20 July 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]Jean-Pierre's view of hitting the established German trio where it hurts is a great thought but surely Citroen don't have the qudos that the other three manage before they have turned a wheel in many peoples minds.[/quote]

The word 'China' in the article is a clue as to how this is going to work. LWB exec saloons are popular in these 'emerging' markets and I believe Citroen is already doing well over there, so a new top of the range Citroen probably does stack up like it hasn't done in a long time.

20 July 2010

Observing repeated French attempts to break back into the luxury market after many decades' absence has always been a bitter-sweet experience: on the one hand we yearn for them to succeed because we loved what some of their carmakers achieved in the 1920s and 30s; but then on the other we are desperate for them to produce yet another risible turkey like the Avantime or Vel Satis because, after all, they are French and we are English.

Now,though, everything is different. 'Supermanuel' has hit the nail on the head. Here in Europe it is hard to picture anyone but a senior French politician or civil servant in an expensive French car, but with little if any knowledge of why it is well-informed Europeans won't buy this sort of thing it is highly possible that the new rich in Asia will flock to them in droves.

20 July 2010

All that shiny metal-effect around the nose is bound to make it a shoe-in over there too.

20 July 2010

this thing looks bonkers. absolutely fabulous. i'll have an 18month old one plssssss.

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