The CitroŽn DS (also known as Dťesse, or
Goddess, after the punning initials in French) is an executive car
that was produced by the French manufacturer CitroŽn between 1955
and 1975. CitroŽn sold nearly 1.5 million D-series during its 20
years of production. The DS is known for its futuristic, aerodynamic
body design, styled by the Italian sculptor and industrial designer
Flaminio Bertoni, and for its innovative technology, including its
hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system.
The DS advanced the achievable standards in terms of ride quality,
roadholding, handling and braking in an automobile. The DS came in
third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, recognizing the
world's most influential auto designs. Winner and second place went
to the Ford Model T, and the Mini, respectively.