At a special meeting of PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Mulhouse plant’s Works Council, the Plant Manager, Corinne Spilios, confirmed the launch of a new model for the DS brand, which operates independent of Citroen.
The new DS model will go into production in 2018, basing itself on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) platform which forms the basis for the group’s future C- and D-segment vehicles. The Mulhouse Plant in France will produce this model.
He said: “I am delighted about the new vehicle assignment because it stands as recognition of the efforts of all the plant’s employees. Our site is fully committed to achieving excellence and becoming a plant of the future”.
DS will have a line-up of six models by 2020. Currently three models – DS3, DS4 and DS5 are sold in Europe and three locally-built models – DS5, DS5 LS and DS6 – are sold in China. In the future, the French automaker’s premium brand will sell cars in 200 cities globally through exclusive dealerships.
Which new models will be launched by 2020 has not been revealed, but as per Autocar’s report from December last year, the upmarket brand’s should include a large and a small crossover/SUV, a large and a small saloon, a replacement for the DS3 supermini and a new C-segment model to replace the current DS4 and DS5, in its lineup.
[Source 1: PSA Peugeot Citroen]
[Source 2: Autocar]