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AutoBlog: Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Citroen DS3 looks good, needs a new name

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Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Europe, Hatchback, Citroen

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2010 Citroen DS3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Seriously Citroen, what is up? We're all for premium small cars (think Mini Cooper, Audi A3) and pray nightly that more will start coming to our shores. But calling this C3-based hatchback a DS? For reals? Look, any new Citroen DS has some mighty big Louboutins to fill. Like, huge. And, well, come on now - who you fooling? End oleopneumatic-a-phile rant.

Hey hey - this is a nice looking little guy. Love the two-tone roof, the LED fog light surrounds, blackened wheels, the trick mirror and general demeanor. We're not totally sold on the B-pillar, but hey - viva la difference! In top trim the diminutive DS3 packs 150 hp and that gumption is controlled by a six-speed manual transmission (with a tres belle shift knob) before heading out to the front wheels. And don't worry you dieselheads - there are two oil burners to choose from. Also, there's some nonsense about themes called things like, "Daisy," "Zebra" and "Maori," but we'll just let you about that in the press release, located after the jump.



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Looks like a nice quirky Mini competitor to me. I don't have a lot of interest in it, but it would be interesting to see how it would compete with Mini in the U.S. It has the right looks, but it would lack the brand recognition (as well as the BMW connection) that Mini enjoys in the U.S.

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