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2013-02-20 11:31

NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY: The DS3 VTi 82 Design is the latest addition to the popular Citroen DS range.

The Citroën DS range has been enhanced with the addition of its latest member, the DS3 VTi 82 Design.

Launched with the latest PureTech petrol engine, the car comes in a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder model and brings the DS entry-point down to R199 900. The VTi 82 nomenclature alludes to a power output of 82hp (61kW).

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The cars fuel consumption is at 4.6litres/100km and with emissions of 107grams/km it doesn’t incur any CO2 penalty.

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The new addition to the DS3 line brings the engine offerings to four for 2013: the 1.6-litre petrol models continue unchanged in both the VTi120 and THP155 (115 kW) guises while turbodiesel fans can opt for the e-HDi Airdream 90 engine - introduced late in 2012 and featuring fuel-saving stop/start technology.

The DS3 has been the main contributor in steering the overall DS line’s sales to over 300 000 units in three years since its launch. Local sales have played their role in attaining this figure with sales of the three-door hatch exceeding more than 1000.

A wider colour palette is being offered, with metallic grey and blue as new additions to the roof colours over and above the black and white roof options.

A three-dimensional effect for the diode lighting of the rear clusters are a key differentiator for 2013.

Citroën’s general manager, marketing, Grant Bowring said: “The DS3 is a highly desirable car, with unrivalled emotional appeal and now it is far more attainable thanks to the introduction of the 1.2 VTi Design.  It is a worthy bearer of the DS badge, and combines style, innovation and technology in equal measure.”

Colour and texturing of leather trim can be customised and the car comes with a four year/60 000 km service plan as standard. An optional Freedrive programme is available, in terms of which the service plan can be converted to a full maintenance plan at point of sale.

Citroën’s managing director Didier Gerard said: “The DS Line and the DS3 in particular have been a massive hit worldwide. With the arrival of the DS3 Cabrio in due course, we will present South African consumers with a range of cars which offer unrivalled panache and style with high levels of comfort, control and safety whilst being a pleasure to own and drive.”


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