Faurecia helps make new Citroen DS5 safer to pedestrians
French supplier Faurecia plays a key role in the bold front end of the new Citroen DS5. Faurecia, which along with Citroen is part of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, manufactures and supplies the DS5's front bumper and grille while also producing all the hidden components located behind the bumper that are crucial for the car's pedestrian protection system.
The DS5's lower stiffener, usually a one-part component for leg protection, integrates air flow guides in one single part. With such an architecture, the upper stiffener, a part that is usually positioned between the lower stiffener and the soft nose, has been suppressed. This brings both cost and weight reduction.
In addition, Faurecia developed and now supplies the DS5's soft nose, which is a set of components positioned behind the grille/bumper and hood. The objective is to absorb energy and reduce hip and leg injuries if a pedestrian is hit. Faurecia also supplies the DS5's front and rear door panels, complete acoustic package, its diesel particulate filter and the full exhaust system for both gasoline and diesel variants.
Citroen gets the DS5's front and rear brake discs from Brembo while the front and rear brake pads are supplied by ITT Italia. Magneti Marelli provides the DS5's navigation system, which features a high-resolution 7-inch screen, speed limit sign reminders and Bluetooth audio streaming for listening to music files stored on mobile phones. Marelli also supplies the DS5's rear LED lights and rear fog lamps.
Citroen unveiled the DS5, the third model in its upscale DS lineup, at the 2011 Shanghai auto show.
The model is being manufactured on the PF2 Platform and according to IHS Automotive forecasts, production is expected to peak in 2012 at 35,103 dropping slightly to 32,129 in 2013.