Radical new system will be available on all cars, and prioritise comfort, says Citroen boss
24 November 2015

Citroen will launch a revolutionary new suspension system in 2017, with CEO Linda Jackson saying it will prioritise ride comfort without compromising body control.

The new suspension system will replace the hydropneumatic set-up that is utilised on the Citroen C5 at present, and will eventually be rolled out across the entire Citroen range.

“Comfort is a core value of the Citroen brand, and this is ours way to recreate the benefits of the hydropneumatic set-up in a more modern, more appropriate way,” said Jackson.

Although Jackson declined to go in to specifics on how the system will work, she revealed Citroen engineers had been working on it in conjunction with a supplier for some time. Jackson would not be drawn on whether it would utlise an air system, or if it would be self-levelling.

However, despite the boss of Citroen’s upmarket DS brand, Yves Bonnefont, previously saying that his firm was investigating a similar suspension system, Jackson claimed the technology would be available on Citroen cars only.

“I can guarantee it will be unique to Citroen,” she said. “We have the opportunity to pick new technologies for the future and I am sure this one is best suited to Citroen's core values. I believe I can promise you this will be a Citroen-only system."

Jackson also reasserted her intention to reduce the number of Citroen bodystyles on sale by half. At present, she says there are 14 available, plus the Citroen C1, which is co-developed with Peugeot and Toyota. In future, she wants to offer seven body styles, plus the C1. Long-wheelbase vehicles, typically developed specifically for the Chinese market, will also be made in addition to these.

Despite the reduction in Citroen's model range, Jackson hopes to grow sales by 15% by 2020, to around 1.6m cars a year.

 

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24 November 2015

it should have been made a priority for the DS brand, seeing as they are supposed to be upmarket Citroens (even though its apparently a stand alone brand now), yes I do appreciate the Citroen brand history of having a great ride, but I also believe the public see them more as a family orientated quirky brand offering cheap practical motoring for the masses, sort of a French VW, which is its genuine true history and VW's come to that.

24 November 2015
Citytiger wrote:

it should have been made a priority for the DS brand, seeing as they are supposed to be upmarket Citroens (even though its apparently a stand alone brand now), yes I do appreciate the Citroen brand history of having a great ride, but I also believe the public see them more as a family orientated quirky brand offering cheap practical motoring for the masses, sort of a French VW, which is its genuine true history and VW's come to that.

I agree. When you think of the classic DS, you think of floaty hydropneumatic suspension - that survived an assassination attempt on the French president by being able to run on 3 wheels.
If I was to buy a premium French car, I want something supremely comfortable.

Also - The current C5 mostly uses steel springs based on Peugeot hardware, except as an option on top spec models. This car is a slow seller and is likely to be axed in favour of the likes of the C-Cactus etc.

24 November 2015

...and what I hope is that the Hydractive suspension becomes exclusive to DS. That would maintain both traditions (Citroën with comfort and simplicity, DS with complex technical solutions).

24 November 2015

Would this be a cheaper solution?

jer

24 November 2015

... By this and other reviewers.

24 November 2015

The hydropneumatic system is incredible in terms of comfort.
I hope they propose an equivalent system.

24 November 2015

interesting to see what they come up with, the problem may be persuading those with longer memory's that it will be 100% reliable. Having cars with both spring and Hydractive options did give buyers an option if they, otherwise, liked the car. Lotus SID

24 November 2015

interesting to see what they come up with, the problem may be persuading those with longer memory's that it will be 100% reliable. Having cars with both spring and Hydractive options did give buyers an option if they, otherwise, liked the car. Lotus SID

24 November 2015

It takes about 20mins to lower a 2cv with 1 spanner.

I did mine and it looked and handled brilliant.

25 November 2015

We need this...its time for a revolution.

Our roads are not going to get any better so why not bring some comfort back? I love a performance car but for commuting i want quiet and comfort. My M sport BMW with its deafening run flat tyres and complete absence of secondary ride comfort is horrible on a commute

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