The French automaker’s once acclaimed hydropneumatic suspension system will get the ax very soon as Citroen moves on to deliver “new technologies” to its clients designed to meet specifications of a comfortable ride.
The drive to have a very “comfy” ride remains one of the goals at the top of the French carmaker’s lineup, said chief executive officer Linda Jackson, but declined to shed any details about what the automaker has planned for the near future. Her comments do shed some light and confirm the media reports that surfaced last month about the company’s decision to stop selling models using the in-house developed suspension as the strategy to shed expenses continues to take hold. For years, Citroen’s flagship models have used a linked suspension system that swaps conventional springs for nitrogen-filled spheres that modify their absorption rate through the use of hydraulic fluid. It was first presented on the iconic Citroen DS introduced in 1955 and variations of the system have been in use ever since on top of the line models.
Now, the seven years old Citroen C5, which employs a computer-controlled version of the system dubbed Hydractive III, will be the final model to use the hydropneumatic suspension. “Hydraulic suspension will cease because it is an old technology,” commented Jackson. “Comfort suspension is 100 percent part of our DNA,” she added, refraining from pointing out when the next generation C5 will be presented. Additionally, the flagship model has only been confirmed for China, while even its home market European future is yet unclear.
Via Automotive News Europe