In August 1970 the specialized press discovered for the first time the new Citroën GS in a presentation that took place in the landscapes of the Camargue (France). All the journalists who attended the event highlighted the lots of news incorporating the GS, a model that democratized air suspension, offering it for the first time in a mid-segment car, and equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels, excellent habitability for five people, a large boot and a very bright aerodynamic body.
The Citroën GS “Made in Spain” was quickly named “Car of the Year 1971” thanks to its excellent qualities. This recognition from the press was followed by great commercial success. One of the characteristics that most attracted the attention of this model was your trunk which, despite being very spacious, had access through a door in the lower rear, very small compared to the space available inside. This was not a design error, but a decision taken by the brand itself to make a two-volume bodywork compatible with the fact of preventing the luggage from getting wet if, at the time of loading the vehicle, it was raining.
Following the launch of the GS Saloon in August 1970, Citroën had foreseen the arrival of a more functional model: the Citroën GS Break. It should be remembered that the French firm had a long history of experience and knowledge in this type of bodywork, since since the time of the Traction, each large Citroën had a variante station wagon (denominada Break). So it had been in the case of DS and so it would be in the GS.
The Break variants of the Citroën models offered a greater interior volume to satisfy the demands of all types of clients. It should be noted that these variants also existed in smaller models, such as the Citroën AMI, from the “commercial” version of 2CV and including the Mehari.
The Citroën GS Break range arrived in July 1971, articulated in 5-door (Break) and 3-door versions (Service, a variant that was not marketed in Spain). The latter was a commercial version designed for the transport of goods and was for sale both with the fully glazed side in the variant called “Vitrée” or with the side completely made of sheet metal, in the variant called “Tolée”. As expected, the success was immediate and very remarkable. As for the color range, it was very wide and the interiors were reminiscent of the “space age”. Also, the vehicle had original details such as the curve of the rear window that “folded” to reach the rear of the roof, as was done previously in the DS and SM.
The entire GS Break family received a profound redesign in 1979, just when the GS became GSA (GS Améliorée), a model with a wide tailgate that clearly increased its functionality. The success of this series of models can be easily measured in the number of units manufactured: almost two and a half million units until 1986, of which more than 385,755 were produced in the Center of Vigo.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.