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To celebrate Bastille Day, CarAdvice.com.au takes a look at six French cars we think you should have on your list when shopping for a new car...

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Our French Picks for Bastille Day
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Our French Picks for Bastille Day

To celebrate Bastille Day, CarAdvice.com.au takes a look at six French cars we think you should have on your list when shopping for a new car.


Citroen DS3 facelift revealed - new headlights, engines and technology
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Citroen DS3 facelift revealed - new headlights, engines and technology

The Citroen DS3 has been updated with a new look and the addition of more efficient petrol and diesel engines. The updated DS3 hatch and DS3 Cabriolet have adopted a "hypnotic gaze" with new headlights featuring three LEDs and xenon lamps, as well as LED daytime running lights and sequential turn indicators...


Citroen DS line set to become a standalone luxury brand
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Citroen DS line set to become a standalone luxury brand

The Citroen DS range may soon be a brand in its own right, with the French car maker suggesting it plans to take on the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. PSA Peugeot-Citroen's newly appointed CEO Carlos Tavares is set to unveil the debt-laden company's turnaround plans with the "Back in the Race" strategy, which includes a plan to turn the style-focused DS model range in to its own entity rather than a spin-off of the regular Citroen line-up...


Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing: production specifications revealed
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Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing: production specifications revealed

Specifications for the production version of the Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing have been announced, largely mirroring its concept variant seen earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sharing the concept car’s matte grey ‘textured’ paintwork – designed to feel like shark skin – the Citroen DS3 Cabrio-based Racing also gains Carmin red accents on its carbonfibre front splitter, doors and brake calipers...


Citroen DS3 Cabrio Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Citroen DS3 Cabrio Review

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio reintroduces the option of open-air motoring to the French car maker's line-up. The DS3 Cabrio is Citroen's first convertible since the removable-roofed C3 Pluriel was discontinued in 2010, and arrives three years after the DS3 hatch lobbed...

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$30,990 to $32,990

Citroen DS3 Racing back on the table for Australia
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Citroen DS3 Racing back on the table for Australia

The Citroen DS3 Racing is back on the table for Australia. Ruled out by the French brand's previous importer due to Australian Design Rule (ADR) compliance complications, the 154kW pocket rocket is once again being considered by Citroen under its new Australian distributor Sime Darby...


Citroen DS3 Cabrio: pricing and specifications
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Citroen DS3 Cabrio: pricing and specifications

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio is now on sale in Australia, adding a drop-top option to the French brand's premium city car line-up. The DS3 Cabrio is priced $3250 above the three-door DS3 hatch on which it's based, and is available in two trim levels that are almost identically equipped to their equivalent hardtops...


Citroen DS3 Cabrio: Australian specifications revealed
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Citroen DS3 Cabrio: Australian specifications revealed

Specifications of the Citroen DS3 Cabrio have been released ahead of its Australian launch next month. Like the DS3 hardtop on which it's based, the Citroen DS3 Cabrio will be offered in two trim levels, DStyle and DSport. The DS3 DStyle teams an 88kW/160Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a four-speed automatic transmission...


Citroen DS3 helps celebrate Loeb, Elena WRC success
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Citroen DS3 helps celebrate Loeb, Elena WRC success

A Citroen DS3 has formed the base of a custom-made diorama constructed to celebrate the French company's success in the World Rally Championship (WRC), thanks to the partnership of nine-time consecutive world champions Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena...


Citroen DS3 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Citroen DS3 Review

The Citroen DS3 was the first of the French brand’s new breed of premium cars paying homage to the famously innovative ‘Diesse’ sold from 1955 to 1975. But there’s no longer much of a ‘premium’ price tag attached to this city car...

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$24,990 to $27,990

Citroen DS3 prices cut again: now from $24,990 driveaway
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Citroen DS3 prices cut again: now from $24,990 driveaway

The price of the Citroen DS3 hatchback has now dropped by more than $10,000 in 2012 after further cuts ahead of an expected switch of local importer for the French brand. Ateco Automotive has reduced the entry point to the DS3 to $24,990 driveway, with the more powerful DS3 DSport variant getting the same cut to be priced at $27,990 driveway...


Citroen DS3 Electrum: EV plugs into Paris
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Citroen DS3 Electrum: EV plugs into Paris

The all-electric Citroen DS3 Electrum plug-in city car will debut alongside the recently revealed Citroen DS3 Cabrio at next week's 2012 Paris motor show, giving the world its first glimpse of the French brand's newest green machine...


Citroen DS3 Cabrio: first official images of topless French hatch
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Citroen DS3 Cabrio: first official images of topless French hatch

The first official images of the Citroen DS3 Cabrio have been released, giving us our first look at the soft-top hatch before it's unveiled to the public at the 2012 Paris motor show at the end of September. Following our story earlier this month, the official images show the Citroen DS3 Cabrio will keep the fixed-roof DS3's trademark 'floating' two-tone roof look and 'shark fin' style feature despite losing its lid...


Citroen DS3 to drop top at Paris: report
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Citroen DS3 to drop top at Paris: report

A convertible version of the Citroen DS3 city car is set to be unveiled at next month’s Paris motor show. UK publication Auto Express reports the drop-top Citroen DS3 will be at the Parisian auto fest, sporting a Fiat 500C-style roll-back fabric roof rather than a conventional folding roof...


Citroen C4 Seduction, DS3 DSport score extra features
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Citroen C4 Seduction, DS3 DSport score extra features

Citroen Australia has added $3500 of extra features to the mid-spec Citroen C4 Seduction small hatch for no extra cost. For a limited time, the $24,990 petrol automatic and $27,990 e-HDi diesel EGS variants of the C4 Seduction will come standard with dual zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, reverse parking sensors and electric folding side mirrors...


Citroen C3, DS3 recalled in Australia
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Citroen C3, DS3 recalled in Australia

Citroen Australia has recalled the Citroen C3 and Citroen DS3 city cars to correct a defect with the vehicles’ anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability program (ESP) operation. The fault was discovered during accelerated lifetime endurance testing and affects less than one per cent of C3 and DS3 production around the world...


Citroen DS3 XL: 407kW hot-hatch heads to X Games
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Citroen DS3 XL: 407kW hot-hatch heads to X Games

A white-hot 407kW/800Nm Citroen DS3 XL hatch will compete in the X Games Los Angeles 2012 from June 28 with eight-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb at the helm. The Citroen Racing and Red Bull driver will take on the best steerers from the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) including Marcus Gronholm, Ken Block and Travis Pastrana on the last day of the X Games, just days after wrapping up this week's WRC New Zealand Rally...


Citroen DS3 Racing hot-hatch ruled out
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Citroen DS3 Racing hot-hatch ruled out

The Citroen DS3 Racing, the fastest version of the French brand’s C3-based hot-hatch, has been ruled out of Australia owing to local vehicle regulations. Citroen’s Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, had been looking to import the sportiest version of its Mini-rivalling DS3, which launched here in the latter part of 2010...


BMW 5 Series, Citroen DS3 share 2011 Women's World Car of the Year
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BMW 5 Series, Citroen DS3 share 2011 Women's World Car of the Year

The BMW 5 Series and the Citroen DS3 have shared the 2011 Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) award. Fourteen female motoring journalists from around the world – including Australia’s Liz Swanton – could not split the 5 Series and the DS3 for the Supreme Winner title after marking them against 10 unique criteria...


Alfa Romeo MiTo vs Citroen DS3 vs MINI Cooper: sexy hatch comparison
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Alfa Romeo MiTo vs Citroen DS3 vs MINI Cooper: sexy hatch comparison

Alfa Romeo MiTo vs Citroen DS3 vs MINI Cooper   Model Overview   Alfa Romeo MiTo QV – $34,990 Citroen DS3 DSport – $35,990 MINI Cooper S Hatch – $40,700 (Manufacturer's list prices, not including government or dealer charges.) Just 12 months ago, if you wanted to buy a sexy European hatch on a budget that also had a bit of extra punch, the answer was simple: get a MINI Cooper S...


Citroen DS3 Airflow convertible coming in 2013: report
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Citroen DS3 Airflow convertible coming in 2013: report

Citroen is reportedly working on a convertible version of the Citroen DS3, in what would be a further individualisation of the bespoke French sub-brand. Numerous reports suggest the vehicle will be called the Citroen DS3 Airflow and will hit the market in the first half of 2013. The rendered images by Thoephilus Chin give an impression of what a drop-top DS3 would look like...


Citroen DS3 Racing limited production increased to 2000
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Citroen DS3 Racing limited production increased to 2000

Due to popular demand, Citroen Racing has decided to increase overall production from 1000 to 2000 for the special edition Citroen DS3 Racing. Despite this, the boss of Citroen Racing has admitted a total of 2000 units may not be enough...


Citroen DS3 Racing Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Citroen DS3 Racing Review

Model tested: 2011 Citroën DS3 Racing, turbocharged four-cylinder, petrol, six-speed manual transmission Ah, the weight of expectation. This is a car that’s had fans of the hot-hatch frothing at the mouth like rabid dogs for months and it isn’t difficult to see why. Because the Citroen DS3 Racing represents the first fruits of labour from the firm’s Racing Division...

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$29,990

2011 Citroen DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection
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2011 Citroen DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection

Citroen has teamed with world-renowned designer Orla Kiely to produce a range of four new special edition DS3 hatch designs. The ‘DS3 by Orla Kiely Collection’ showcases four different body and roof designs featuring Kiely’s trademark acorn and stem patterns, coloured door mirrors, rear window graphics, and a choice of black or white 17-inch alloys...


Video: 2011 Ford Fiesta RS and Citroen DS3 WRC cars caught testing
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Video: 2011 Ford Fiesta RS and Citroen DS3 WRC cars caught testing

Citroen and Ford have recently been developing their new range of WRC rally cars. To conform within new regulations, both companies have adopted the 'good things come in small packages' philosophy and have downsized their cars as well as the regulatory engines. Ford previously ran the larger Ford Focus-based car in the World Rally Championship, and Citroen ran the larger Citroen C3 in the championship...


Video: Citroen DS3 Racing advertisement with Sébastien Loeb
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Video: Citroen DS3 Racing advertisement with Sébastien Loeb

It's a quirky little car so it needs a quirky little advertisement. Citroen has just released the Citroen DS3 Racing hot hatch in Europe and the company has come up with a new ad campaign incorporating 2010 World Rally Championship winner, Sébastien Loeb, to go with it...


2010 Citroen DS3 released in Australia
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2010 Citroen DS3 released in Australia

It's been a few years in the making but Citroen has finally released the exciting new Citroen DS3, and it's now available down under. Miles Williams, general manager for Citroen Australia, recently spoke about the introduction of the model, saying, "The DS3 is a bold, definitive statement of intent for Citroen and a confident step in the opposite direction to its main competitors; it brings a real alternative to a market sector dominated by retro designs...


2010 Citroen DS3 Racing official details and pricing
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2010 Citroen DS3 Racing official details and pricing

The highly-anticipated Citroen DS3 Racing details have just been released, along with official European pricing. Citroen says it will only production 1000 editions of the sporty hot hatch which is scheduled to arrive early in 2011...


Citroen DS3 R3 to debut at Ulster Rally in the UK
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Citroen DS3 R3 to debut at Ulster Rally in the UK

The Citroen DS3 R3 race and rally car will be unleashed for the first time at the upcoming Ulster Rally, on August 20 and 21. The race car will be driven by Citroen Racing Team developers, Bryan Bouffier and co-driver Xavier Pansieri. Taking on the category with a 1...