Frankfurt motor show previews

 The first Citroën to carry the company’s revived DS badge will be launched at this month’s Frankfurt motor  show.
The DS3 is a radically styled three-door hatchback and will be available from launch with a choice of five engines – 90 or 110bhp HDi diesels and three petrol models. The diesels have CO2 emissions ratings of 99g/km (zero-rated for VED) and 115g/km (£35 per annum). Launched at the 1955 Paris motor show, the original DS was revered for its futuristic styling and the design remained almost unaltered during a 20-year production cycle. It was favoured by presidents – a bullet-proof DS was credited with saving Charles de Gaulle’s life in a 1962 assassination attempt – and the new car will feature extensive use of luxury materials, including leather and chrome.
Citroën wants customers to personalise their DS3, so bodies, wheels and wheel centres are offered in a wide choice of colours, although the roof is available only in black, white, blue or red.
The DS3 – first of several models in a diverse new DS range – will be one of the smallest vehicles in the compact urban sector, at 12.96ft (3.95m) long and 5.61ft (1.71m) wide, but Citroën claims class-leading standards for passenger and luggage space.
Its launch forms part of the company’s 90th birthday celebrations at Frankfurt.
VW Camper
The next generation of VW’s new Caravelle large people carrier, and California camper van derivative, receive their world debuts at the Franfurt Motor show .
Styling revisions include new rear light clusters, chrome side trims, more aerodynamic door mirrors and a new front end reflecting the corporate look introduced on the Scirocco coupé and employed on the MkVI Golf and latest Polo.
Other new features carried over from Volkswagen’s latest passenger cars include comfort and safety items such as three-spoke steering wheels, stylish new instruments, a recommended gear display for optimum economy, a USB interface to connect external devices, and the latest audio and integrated, touchscreen, hard-drive navigation systems.
Four versions of the VW group’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder common-rail TDI engines will be offered when the vehicles go on sale in January 2010, with outputs of 83, 101, 138 or 178bhp. Later next year, there will be the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with fourth generation Haldex coupling.
The vehicles are also fitted with a new generation of ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with hill-start assist and an emergency brake light function. Other safety features include Volkswagen’s Side Assist lane change system, which warns the driver of anything in the vehicle’s blind spot, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Prices and full specifications for the new Caravelle and California will be released closer to launch.
The show is open to the public from September 17-27.
You can customise your citroen ,wheels and wheel centres are offered in a wide choice of colours, but the roof is available only in black, white, blue or red.