Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing production confirmed

Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing
14 Jul, 2013 8:57pm Tom Phillips

Limited production run of 200-400 DS3 Cabrio Racing to go on sale next year

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing will go on sale next year. However, it will be limited to between 200-400 units in total, although as the UK is Europe’s largest market for convertibles, we will get a decent chunk of the production run.

The news was confirmed to us by Citroen’s chief designer, Thierry Metroz, who added that the rough textured matt paint that feels like shark skin to the touch will make production, as will the laser etched detailing on the door mirrors.

The 19-inch carbon-fibre inlayed wheels and two-tone canvas roof will also be offered, as will the carmine red detailing inside and out.

Metroz also confirmed that the Cabrio Racing shows the future direction of the DS line, with special models that showcase hi-end materials and the best technology.

The carmine red stripes inside and out are the signature colour of the DS range, so expect to see these on more DS-line cars. The firm is also keen to add bespoke options, previewed by the show car’s baby seat that's upholstered in the same, triple leather watchstrap finish as the regular seats.

As around 80 per cent of DS3 Cabrios are sold to women, Citroen is working on putting it into production.

The DS range is popular in China, where customers really appreciate design details, including the DS logo in the rear lights, according to Metroz.

He tells us: "British customers love this detail, but the Chinese double love it. They really appreciate details like this, which is why the DS line has its own showrooms in China."

He adds that while DS could be a brand in its own right, we'll see a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show that will demonstrate the "pure, simple, smart" look of the firm's next generation of C-badged models.

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This will be monstrously extensive I bet

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Still a crappy Citroen though. Poor build quality and terrible customer service! I own a DS3, my 2nd one in 2 years so I am talking from experience...

Not questioning your veracity but these comments do sound odd and make me cautious. Why did you get a second DS3 then if it is your experience with the first? But then your experience is evidently first hand and not the received opinion from people who have never even sat inside a Citroen from which the make has been such a victim. The 2013 J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey suggests you have been unfortunate both with the vehicle and the dealers and whilst I am cautious about such surveys, I would concur with this particular one.

Contrast your experience with my own. Sole problem so far, also in two years, one loose door mirror. Fixed by the dealer at zero notice despite it being a job which took some time because door panel needed to be taken off etc. Citroen checked afterwards that my experience was 100% satisfactory. It most certainly was.

It's kind of a long and on-going story. Ombudsman is currently involved, as is CAB. I've also contacted AutoExpress with regards to my story. I'd be happy to share information with you via email Paul.
mickster06@hotmail.co.uk

mickster06(zero six)@hotmail.co.uk even

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