James May on the Citroen DS3
The Citroen DS was a true French goddess, so how divine (or Gallic, for that matter) is the new DS3? Le Capitain Lentement investigates...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
That leaves us free to marvel at the way the DS looks, which is pretty good. And it's not as if artistry doesn't play its part in the Citroen canon of work: the '55 DS was styled by a sculptor, the 2CV by a peasant, and my Ami 8* by une lunatique.
It's reassuringly close to the original concept car, retaining the so-called ‘floating roof' (it doesn't really float, it's just an illusion) and the shark's fin rear pillar. This calls to mind the hideous spectacle of a man who drives a BMW 3-Series cabrio with the roof and front windows lowered but the rear ones forgotten and still in the raised position. There, it looks pathetic, but here it looks quite cool.
(Incidentally, if you're in the water and you see a shark's fin like this, you can relax. The shark is swimming away from you.)