Citroën is a French automobile manufacturer founded in 1919 by André Citroën. The company quickly established itself as a leader in automotive innovation with introducing the Traction Avant in 1934, the first mass-produced front-wheel drive car. Over the 20th century, Citroën produced a wide range of models, each with its own unique features and style.
In the 1920s, Citroën produced several models, including the Type A, B, and C. These models were known for their affordability and reliability, making them popular with working-class families. In the 1930s, Citroën introduced the Traction Avant, which featured front-wheel drive, independent suspension, and hydraulic brakes. The Traction Avant was a huge success and helped establish Citroën as a leader in automotive innovation.
During World War II, Citroën’s production was limited, and the company focused on producing military vehicles. After the war, Citroën introduced the 2CV, which quickly became a popular model due to its affordability and durability. The DS followed the 2CV in 1955, which featured aerodynamic styling, a hydraulic suspension system, and power steering.
In the 1960s, Citroën introduced the Ami and the GS, both of which were popular models. The Ami was a smaller, more affordable version of the DS, while the GS was a larger, more luxurious model. In the 1970s, Citroën introduced the CX, which featured a futuristic design, self-leveling suspension, and a diesel engine option.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Citroën continued producing various models, including the Visa, the BX, and the Xantia. In the 2000s, Citroën introduced the C3 and C4 models, which were both popular with consumers. In 2010, Citroën merged with Peugeot to form PSA Peugeot Citroën, which later became the PSA Group.
Over the course of the 20th century, Citroën produced several iconic models, each with its own unique features and style. These models helped establish Citroën as a leader in automotive innovation, and the company’s commitment to producing affordable, reliable vehicles made it a popular choice with consumers around the world.