Wed, 30/01/2019 - 08:00


Yesterday on 29 January 2019, reigning ABB FIA Formula E Champion, Jean-Éric Vergne, was presented with the Grand Prix du Festival award at the 34th edition of the Festival Automobile International (FAI) in Les Invalides in Paris for his achievement in winning the Season Four Drivers’ Championship. Previous FAI winners include Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jacky Ickx.

The Automobile Festival International was created by Rémi Depoix and Franz Hummel in 1986 as part of the 24 Hours on Ice in Chamonix. It has since evolved into an award and later festival for ‘The Most Beautiful Car of the Year’ - judged solemnly on aesthetics and voted for by the public.

In 2008, the Festival reached a new step with a double premiere by organizing a major public exhibition of Concept Cars in an exceptional place, the Invalides.  Since then, the Festival has taken up residence at the foot of the Dôme des Invalides.

In addition to Jean-Éric’s award, the DS 3 CROSSBACK was nominated for ‘The Most Beautiful Car’ at the same event, while the DS E-TENSE FE19 and the DS X E-TENSE concept cars were on display.

Jean-Éric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH Driver: “It was a nice homecoming for me to be back at Les Invalides, this is where the Paris E-Prix takes place every year, and it’s where I won in front of my home crowd last year. It’s a very special place for me. I’m very honoured to have received the Grand Prix du Festival award for my Season Four Championship title. The award may have been awarded to me, but it’s really for the whole team. What we have as a team is something special and to receive recognition for our work is very humbling.”

Yves Bonnefont, DS Automobiles CEO: “Congratulations. The Jury Special Grand Prize presented to Jean-Eric Vergne at the Festival Automobile International is also a recognition for DS Automobiles. By singling out our brand ambassador and the reigning Formula E champion for this prestigious award, the Jury has vindicated DS’ electrification strategy and the reason we entered into Formula E in the first place. I would like take this opportunity to thank Jean-Eric for the invaluable contribution he has made to Formula E and to the continued progress being achieved with DS Performance. Since 2015, the beginning of our early, respective involvements in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, he has played an important role in the development of the E-TENSE electric and plug-in hybrid cars which are a part of every new DS model.”


Adrien da Cunha Belvès, PR DS Performance

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Kevin Jones – Head of Communications, DS Automobiles - UK Communications

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DS TECHEETAH Formula-E team is a Chinese racing team in the all-electric street racing series, ABB FIA Formula E. The team is owned by SECA (Shanghai) Limited.

The team won the 2017/2018 Drivers' Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne and together with André Lotterer, the team secured second place in the Teams' Championship in the 2017/2018 season of Formula E.

Heading into the 2018/2019 season e of the all-electric championship, TECHEETAH has partnered with DS Automobiles to become DS TECHEETAH.


China Media Capital ("CMC"), founded and chaired by Ruigang Li, is one of the most prestigious names in media and entertainment investment and operation in China and global markets. CMC has created and grown a number of champions and emerging leaders in the sectors of media and entertainment, Internet and mobile, and life style, covering film, television, music, sports, location-based entertainment, financial media, financial data service, online-video, smart TV, advertising, social network, game, online-education, e-commerce, O2O and etc.


Headquartered in Shanghai, SECA is a leading Chinese sports marketing and management company specializing in sports talent representation, event management and content/IP development. The company's investors include China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and member of NBA Hall of Fame, Yao Ming.


Young French brand, DS Automobiles was launched in 2015. Its ambition is to embody, in the automotive industry, the French luxury know-how. Driven by its outstanding heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955, and opens a new territory in the premium market. The first second-generation model of DS, DS 7 CROSSBACK, the SUV with innovative savoir-faire from Paris, opens a range of six global vehicles with one launch per year. Therefore, in September 2018, DS brand presents, its new SUV, DS 3 CROSSBACK, the high-tech style icon, and its 100% electric version E-TENSE. Available in 2019, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 - the hybrid powertrain by DS - and DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE – the first ever DS full electric car - deliver the strategy of electrification of the entire range.

Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS cars stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement in every detail, advanced technologies and dynamic serenity. For its discerning customers, who demand personalisation and exclusivity, DS Automobiles has created "ONLY YOU, the DS experience", a programme of exclusive services for a unique brand experience. DS models are distributed via DS STORES and DS SALONS, comprising the new network exclusive to DS Automobiles. In the first half of 2018, 140 showrooms were opened around the world and the brand had 450 sites by the beginning of 2019, including DS WORLD PARIS, its flagship at 33 Rue François 1er.

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