PARIS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - French carmaker Peugeot-Citroen plans to relaunch its iconic DS limousine, vehicle of successive French presidents and one of the defining images of France for 20 years, business daily Les Echos said on Tuesday.
The DS, known as "The Goddess" from a pun on its initials, rivalled the famous "Deux Chevaux" or 2CV as an emblem of French motoring between 1955 and 1975, with its futuristic low-slung body and advanced hydropneumatic suspension. Familiar outside France from films such as "The Day of the Jackal", where it was an important element in creating the feel of the local streets, it was one of the symbols of the country's economic boom after World War Two.
Les Echos said the new line would be launched as part of a plan to reposition the group's luxury range with a preliminary version expected to be unveiled on Thursday. It said the vehicle would be on sale from 2010.
The first of the new designs, predicted to be on sale from 2010, is described by industry insiders as a "concept car", a high-end model in keeping with the brand's luxurious traditions. But although it will bear the same letters, the new car is expected to look very different from the distinctive vehicle that came to define French postwar innovation.