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Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017


The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.

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DS To Rival Mini Countryman With All-Electric 2019 DS3 Crossback 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in DS, DS3, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


French premium DS is working on an all-new compact SUV that targets the likes of the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2.

The new SUV, which will likely go by the DS3 Crossback badge, will launch in 2019 along with the also all-new Peugeot 208. The two models will be the first ones to be based on PSA Group’s brand new CMP platform, according to Auto Express.

The 2019 DS3 Crossback will be just over four meters long and its design will combine elements from the current DS3 and the recently launched DS7 Crossback. However it won’t be a direct replacement for the existing DS3 hatchback, which will continue to be sold alongside the new compact SUV.

“Out of the 650,000 cars DS has sold since 2010, two-thirds have been the DS 3,” Eric Apode, DS’s executive vice-president said. “Of course, we need to cash in on the large amount of customers who have bought into DS through the DS 3 over the past six or seven years.”

“Beyond that, we also see and recognize the evolution of the markets. We can see the same with MINI; there, the likes of the Countryman [SUV] are booming while the three-door hatchback sales are decreasing. It’s the same for Audi, too”, he continued.

“So let’s say that what we have in mind is to be where the most profitable vehicles and where the volumes are, without forgetting the DS 3 customers. On the next generations of small DS you will find a lot of elements, including personalisation, limited editions and so on, which have already been launched by the DS 3.”

The most intriguing part of the new DS3 Crossback will be its purely electric version, set to be launched shortly after the conventional-engined versions debut in 2019, which will use an 114hp electric motor and a 50kWh battery pack for a total driving range of 280 miles.

DS7 Crossback pictured

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Make Contactless Payments With The New DS 3 Key 7
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, DS, DS3, Reports, Tech on 09 7th, 2017


With people now paying for things with a simple tap of their phone or smartwatch, DS has decided to jump on the contactless payment craze by creating a car key that eliminates the need for a bank card for small purchases.
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Limited Edition DS 3 Inès De La Fressange Bringing Parisian Style To UK Buyers For Just Over £20k 23
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in DS, DS3, new cars, prices, UK on 03 23rd, 2017


This new limited edition DS 3 is set to go on sale in the UK in May, featuring a distinctive appearance, high-spec interior and even a 'Voyageur' bag.
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DS Launches New Performance Line For Its Range Of Models 2
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen DS5, DS, DS3, DS4, Gallery, Reports on 09 2nd, 2016


DS Automobiles has launched the brand new 'DS Performance Line' for its full range of models.
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There’s No Need To Stop In WRC If All Four Wheels Work, Is There? 10
Jul
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Accidents, Citroen, Citroen Videos, DS3, racing, video, WRC on 07 10th, 2016


Racing cars are often pushed to their absolute limits (and sometimes beyond), and Stéphane Lefebvre’s Citroen DS3 stands as proof.
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New Limited Edition DS3 Givenchy Le MakeUp Comes With Its Own… Make Up Kit 10
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in DS, DS3, new cars on 05 10th, 2016


Citroen's premium sub-brand teamed up with French haute couture brand Givenchy to create a new limited edition of the DS3.
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New DS3 And DS3 Cabrio UK Pricing Announced, Order Books Are Now Open 1
Feb
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in DS, DS3, new cars, prices, UK on 02 1st, 2016


After the reveal of the updated DS3 and its open-top counterpart, DS opened the order books and announced the UK pricing of its core model.
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DS Planning More High-Performance Models 23
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in DS, DS3, DS4, Reports on 01 23rd, 2016


Hot on the heels of unveiling the brand new DS 3 and the DS Performance sub-brand, the Citroen-owned automaker has confirmed that a range of other high-performance models are in the works.
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New DS3 Brandishes Fresh Face, More Tech, Punchier Engines [45 Photos] 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Citroen, DS, DS3, Galleries, new cars on 01 19th, 2016


The French premium brand revealed the revamped version of its best-selling model, which has an array of cosmetic and mechanical changes.
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New, More Dynamic DS3 Scheduled For Geneva Debut 7
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Citroen DS3, DS, DS3, Geneva Motor Show, Reports on 01 7th, 2016


Following the overhaul of the premium French brand, DS is going to unveil the new DS3 model in Geneva Motor Show later this year.
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New Limited Edition DS3 Dark Light Inspired By Goodwood Prototype 3
Sep
Posted by John Halas in Citroen DS3, DS, DS3, new cars, UK on 09 3rd, 2015


Citroen's newly found DS brand has churned out a production version of their vinyl-wrapped DS3 display model from this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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