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The Citroën DS (also known as Déesse, or Goddess, after the punning initials in French) is an executive car that was produced by the French manufacturer Citroën between 1955 and 1975. Citroën sold nearly 1.5 million D-series during its 20 years of production. The DS is well-known for its futuristic, aerodynamic body design, styled by the Italian sculptor and industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni, and for its innovative technology, including its hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system.
The DS advanced the achievable standards in terms of ride quality, roadholding, handling and braking in an automobile. The DS came in third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, recognizing the world's most influential auto designs. Winner and second place went to the Ford Model T and the Mini.
- 1 Model history
- 2 Technical innovation — hydraulic systems
- 3 Impact on Citroën brand development
- 4 Replacing the DS
- 5 Nations assembling the DS
- 6 DS in the United States
- 7 Design variations
- 8 Technical details
- 9 DS in popular culture
- 10 DS today
- 11 Production figures for all DS models
- 12 References
- 13 Bibliography
- 14 External links
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