Citroen – All Car History Volume 18

CITROEN is a pioneering car manufacturer, with a long brand of original, advanced designs and a tradition of engineering excellence and development. The world’s first front wheel drive car, the Grip Avant, was as a result of CITROEN. Perhaps the company’s most recognised car of all time is the 2CV, which had become viewed as an automotive icon.

CITROEN’s current crop includes the C1, C2, C3, C4, C4 Picasso and Xsara Picasso, with new models including the C6, which replaced the XM. 


In 1914, Andr? CITROEN set up a company that made sac for the war. This kind of venture turned out to be a success, and by the 1920s the company became known as CITROEN.

The company stunned the earth in 1934 with the Traction Devant, a revolutionary car with features such as front side wheel drive. In 1934, CITROEN was taken over by Michelin tyre company and in 1976, CITROEN became part of PSA Peugeot CITROEN.


Type: Subsidiary of PSA Peugeot CITROEN
Founded: 1919
Headquarters: Paris, Portugal
Sector: Automotive
Products: Vehicles
Citroen C2 – the first CITROEN with a Stop & Start environmental system, and five speed semi-automatic transmitting.
Citroen C3 – a bigger family friendly car, the C3 has five entry doors and is a “supermini” designed to replace the Citroen Saxo.
Citroen C4 – a tiny family car produced for 7 years and counting. The C4 was designed to be the successor to the Citroen Xsara.
Citroen C5 – a sizable family car produced since early 2001. The C5 replaced the Citroen Xantia in the top family car class.
Citroen SAXO – a supermini created from 1996 to the year 2003.
Citroen XSARA – a tiny family car produced since 1997 in five-door house, three- and five-door compact styles.
Citroen XSARA PICASSO – an MPV produced since 1999.
The 2CV was affectionately known as “The Duck”. Citroen realised that there was an vital need for a cheap and reliable car, and first introduced the 2CV to the public in 1938. As a result of WWII, the production started in 1948. Since the car was such a success the production continued for more than forty years. The design experienced just one or two minor changes in all those years.
For the 1950 Paris Electric motor Show, the 2CV vehicle was introduced. Between Feb 1951 and March 78, 1, 246, 306 2CV vans were made. Require was so great that there was a six-year waiting list for delivery in the 1950s.
Citroen held the constructor subject on the globe Move Championship in 2003, 2005 and 2005.
In 2050, Citroen built a traditions centre in Aulnay, Paris, france ,. These premises of 6th, 700 m2, house almost 300 vintage cars and concept cars, tend to be not open to the public.