The DS was an incredibly successful rally car and was also used as the basis for the incredible Maserati powered SM.
Another variant was the luxurious Pallas
which featured superior external finish and improved interior including
leather upholstery. On 24th April 1975, production of the DS ceased.
Total production of all models came to 1,455,746.
Its replacement, the CX was nowhere near as innovative, being evolutionary rather than revolutionary and that car's successor, the XM continued this trend, representing the refinement of existing concepts rather than the redefinition of those concepts.
is unlikely that the world will ever see such a fundamentally new car
as the DS again. It is true that many manufacturers show concept cars
that are truly innovative but a combination of international
legislation and economics ensures that these are never put into
production. Had the DS merely been such a concept car, it would have
been sufficient for an entry into any history of the automobile. The
fact that it made it into production renders it unique.
The DS was sold worldwide and met with a mixed reception - ranging from stupefied incomprehension to unalloyed adulation.