The Citroën DS3 is a supermini, produced by the French manufacturer Citroën since 2009 and officially launched in January 2010. This is the first car in the new DS (pronounced déesse, which is French for goddess) range from Citroën . It was first hinted by the concept car Citroën DS Inside. While DS branding explicitly recalls the classic Citroën DS, the DS3 bears no resemblance to the older car and shares none of its engineering quirks.
The DS3 was named 2010 Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine.
Citroën revamped their DS3 line for the summer of 2011 with a new, limited edition model, a new colour and a new decal on the roof. The new color is brun Hickory, a shade of dark brown that recently made its debut on the DS3′s bigger sibling, the DS4. One of the DS3′s strongest selling points is the ability for a customer to personalize their car when they order it by mixing and matching body and roof colours, decals, and so on. This new colour helps that by bringing the total amount of available body colours to ten.
The DS3 features prominently in the video for the Pixie Lott song "What Do You Take Me For". It is the first car that has had product placement in a British music video.
The DS3 range received a mild facelift in 2014, with revised engines and new design of LED headlights for the top of the range models. The new BlueHDi diesel, available in two states of tune, has a low CO2 emissions of 79g/km.
A 207 hp (154 kW) version, the DS3 Racing, was introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It is the road version of Citroën's rally specification DS3 R3. The new 0-62 mph time is 6.5 seconds and the increased top speed is 146 mph (235 km/h).
The DS3 Racing is offered in only two colours, white with gray accents or black with orange accents including roof, wheels and interior. Besides these unique colour schemes, the DS3 Racing is distinguished from other trim levels by the use of real carbon fiber on the front splitter, grill, wheel arches and rear diffuser. Additionally, carbon fiber is prominently featured on the interior.
In October 2011, Citroën announced that were planning on building a total of 2,400 DS3 Racings, significantly more than the 1,000 initially planned.
In October 2012, Citroën announced the DS3 RRC intended for use in the championships below the of the WRC: WRC-2 (formerly S-WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), some national championships and so on. Visually and internally, the two models (DS3 WRC and RRC) are different since the regulations are more restrictive on the RRC. For example, the WRC 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine has been slightly modified dropping the power from 315 bhp to 275 bhp, visually the bumper intakes are smaller and the rear spoiler complies with the S2000 standards. The other significant change concerns the brakes in tarmac configuration: the diameter of the discs has been reduced from 355 to 350mm and the water-cooling system has been removed.\
Citroën unveiled the DS3 Cabrio at Paris Motor Show in September 2012 with sales commencing in 2013.
Matière Grise edition
Citroën announced the "Matière Grise" limited edition of 750 cars for European market. It is finished in flat grey paint with chromed mirrors, chromed door trim and chromed tail light surrounds. The roof can be ordered in either white or black and the only available wheels are 17″ alloys, also available in white and black.