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Proof That Bertoni Applied Kamm Tail Benefits to the Sleek DS

Proof That Bertoni Applied Kamm Tail Benefits to the Sleek DS

When Flaminio Bertoni designed the DS, he incorporated a Kamm tail effect in a very clever way while not actually utilizing a Kamm tail design.Kamm tail — also known as "Kammback" or "K-tail" — is an automotive styling feature where the rear of the car slopes downwards before abruptly cutting o ...
The Collective Works of Robert Opron to be Displayed at Carlisle

The Collective Works of Robert Opron to be Displayed at Carlisle

Like most automotive designers of the era, Robert Opron was a classically trained artist who spent years at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, learning all the skills that artists use, including; painting, sculpting and architecture.There were no CAD programs back when Opron got ...
DS Automobiles Attempts to Advance SM Design

DS Automobiles Attempts to Advance SM Design

A few days after presenting the DS 9 and DS Aero Sport Lounge, the design studio of DS Automobiles is back in the news with the organization of a design competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the emblematic Citroën SM, which the brand seems to have now inherited as a model and legacy of i ...
2020 – An Appropriate Year to Celebrate 2 Citroëns Introduced in 1970

2020 – An Appropriate Year to Celebrate 2 Citroëns Introduced in 1970

2020 marks 50 years since the introduction of the GS and the SM, arguably 2 of the most significant Citroëns since the introduction of the original DS.In August 1970 Citroën introduced the GS at the Paris Auto Show.1971 GSThe GS would go on to completely change the mid-size segment in its own uni ...
Design Match for the Citroën CX?

Design Match for the Citroën CX?

Citroën’s CX was produced from 1974 to 1991. Citroën sold nearly 1.2 million CXs during its 16 years of production. It was voted European Car of the Year in 1975.  The name CX is derived from the symbol for drag coefficient, drawing attention to the car's aerodynamic design, which was uncom ...
Robert Opron – Rework of DS Rear

Robert Opron – Rework of DS Rear

Citroënvie member John McBride from Sycamore, Illinois recently made an eBay purchase of an auto guide and wrote us to mention that he saw some interesting photographs of the reworking of the rear of the DS model occurring at the same time as the front was reworked to the third nose.  He ...
Citroën’s Dyane Started Production 50 Years Ago This Summer

Citroën’s Dyane Started Production 50 Years Ago This Summer

In the summer of 1967 Citroën Dyane production started in Rennes, France.  The Dyane was Citroën's answer to the increasingly popular Renault 4 which after its introduction in 1961 had affected 2CV sales. Like the Renault 4, the Dyane was designed from the outset as a four passenger hatchback ...
So, who actually designed the SM?

So, who actually designed the SM?

Robert McLeod wrote in to say that he had just watched the latest episode of "American Pickers".  They visited the home of the son of a former GM stylist, Henri de Ségur Lauve.  The episode, aired April 24, 2017 on History Canada, has Henri's son John Lauve showing a boxed large-scale mod ...
Why design essence is missing at PSA Peugeot Citroën

Why design essence is missing at PSA Peugeot Citroën

by George Dyke.....It continues to astound me why a company like PSA Peugeot Citroën cannot embrace the essence of design that resulted in such iconic automobiles as the Traction Avant and the DS.  Witness Peugeot's latest Fractal concept to understand the fractured nature of their future aspirati ...
Citroën Deutschland to Salute Robert Opron at Techno-Classica 2014

Citroën Deutschland to Salute Robert Opron at Techno-Classica 2014

Citroën Deutschland GmbH is paying special tribute to Robert Opron at Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany from March 26 - 30, 2014.  Opron, the master of the shapes at Citroën from the mid '60s to mid '70s, was responsible for the design of SM, CX , GS and the transformation of the DS, integrating ...

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