Citroën’s DS sales: over 200,000 vehicles worldwide image

After two years, the three-model DS line – consisting of DS3, DS4 and DS5 – legendary French automaker Citroen has sold over 200, 000 examples worldwide, with 25,000 sales in the UK alone.

The second coming of the DS began in 2009 (the original line debuted in the 1950s) with the DS3 and has since been followed by the DS4 and DS5.

“The DS line promises a surprise-filled future,” said Frédéric Banzet, CEO of the Citroën brand.

To celebrate the occasion, Citroën recently visited 10 cities across the UK with a selection of models from the DS line-up, giving away Easter eggs to the public.

The DS line will be launched this year in China and, to mark the event, Citroën has designed a new concept car, Numéro 9, which will be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. The concept signals the styling cues of the next three DS line models: a C-segment premium sedan, an SUV and a D-segment executive saloon.

Numero 9 (most probably DS9 when will hit the production line), previews a long, luxury four-door hatchback, measuring 4.93m in length, 1.94m in width, and 1.27m in height. It has a 3m wheelbase and weighs just 1,500kg.

The powertrain consists of a conventional petrol or diesel engine (depending on the market) with an electric motor that drives the rear axle. The motor develops 70hp and 200Nm of torque and is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in just 3.5 hours from a standard home socket.

The twin powerplant layout means all-wheel-drive mode can be manually selected to improve traction and performance on rough or snow-covered surfaces.

More details on the Citroen Numero 9 concept are expected to be revealed following its Beijing motor show debut on April 23.