It's an understatement to say that the GS unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1970 softened the crisis. It filled the gap in the most popular mid-range category – between 1000 and 1500 cc – and gave Citroën back its verve, having been marginalised with a range that was confined to the two extremities of the price bracket: the popular 2CV and the luxurious DS. Like its predecessors, this new arrival had strayed off the beaten track. Its original curves had clearly drawn inspiration from a Pininfarina study for British Leyland. Its shape was highly aerodynamic: rounded with a truncated rear. The 4.12 m long front-wheel drive was powered by a flat-4 air-cooled 1015 cc 61 hp engine. Described as highly sophisticated compared with its competitors, the GS boasted a highly original hydro-pneumatic suspension system, four disc brakes and a dashboard on which the numbers on the speedometer rotated behind a magnifying glass. In 1971, a station wagon version was launched. A two-door "service" van was also added aimed at companies, and was available in a blocked-out-window version and one with windows. The GS range was produced until 1986 in a plethora of different versions. There was even one featuring a pistonless rotary engine.
5-9 February 2020 paris expo porte de versailles
Citroën, an innovative mid-range
100-year-young Citroën is celebrating 50 years of the GS.