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Citroen has a serious problem with large sedans. Their C6, while gorgeous and a not entirely bad car, is selling slowly in the United Kingdom and other markets – and did we mention depreciation? A $58,000 C6 is between $16,000 and $20,000 after only four years!
This sends a pretty clear message that big Citroens are poison to most people. Obviously, these cars sell better in their home market of France, but the domestic arena is not the only one for Citroen.
But with their DS3 small car winning accolades all over Europe, Citroen is hoping to capitalize on its success, as well as the general affection that the public has for the old DS sedan, by bringing out the rumored DS9 large car.
Based on the Metropolis concept car, the DS9 would be a true flagship for Citroen, with a name evoking their most iconic model. Citroen is also looking to put the Survolt concept car into limited production, as well as creating a one-make racing series based around the car.
With Citroen looking to move upmarket with its new DS line, the French company is looking to produce two striking new concepts to help boost the brand’s image.
The outlandish Survolt concept car, an all-electric sports car, is under consideration after it completed a race at the LeMans circuit. The Survolt puts out 248 horsepower and over 700 lb-ft of torque. “It’s still our intention to put the Survolt into low-volume production, and we’re pursuing the idea of a one-make race series,” a source told Autocar.
Closer to reality, the Metropolis concept car may be produced as a spiritual successor to the legendary Citroen DS, produced from 1959 to the mid 1970′s. The car would be badged DS9, as a homage to the original DS19. While a Citroen exec concedes that selling a Citroen luxury car in Europe would be tough, China is an ideal market for such a vehicle.