Saturday, July 9, 2011


1933 Citroen Rosalie Coupe 15CV
Citroën | Car Review | Citroën is the name of a French automaker. Citroën is a major French automobile manufacturer, part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group, founded in 1919 by French industrialist, André-Gustave Citroën. Citroen was the first automaker to mass-produced outside the U.S. and the origin of the modern concept of creating a network of sales and services that complement the car. In eight years Citroën has become the largest European car manufacturer and the fourth in the world.

1920 Citroen Type A
Citroën gained a reputation for innovation and engineering revolution, which is reflected in the company motto "Creative Technology". Its history of innovation began with its founding, when André-Gustave Citroën introduced the first mass production of vehicles outside the U.S.

1940 Citroen
In 1924, Citroën produced in Europe all steel-bodied cars, the B-10. In 1934, Citroën got its reputation for innovation with its front-wheel drive, not just the world's first mass produced front wheel drive car, but also one of the first car-based monocoque body type. In 1954, Citroën has produced the first of its self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension system, and in 1955 the revolutionary Citroën DS, the first European production car with disc brakes. In 1967, Citroën introduced the first revolving lighthouses in various models, enabling greater visibility on winding roads. The brand celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2009.
André Citroën built armaments for France during World War I and after the war he had a factory and no product. In 1919, the business started to produce automobiles, beginning with the conventional Type A. The Type A was designed by Jules Salomon, Chief Design Officer from Le Zèbre.

Demonstrating extraordinary toughness, a 1923 Citroën that had already travelled 48,000 km was the first car to be driven around Australia. The car, a 1923 Citroën 5CV Type C Torpedo, was driven by Neville Westwood from Perth, Western Australia on a round trip from August to December 1925. The car is now fully restored and in the collection of the National Museum of Australia.

1950 Citroen Light
In 1924, Citroën began a business relationship with an American engineer Edward G. Budd. From 1899, Budd had worked to develop stainless steel bodies, railroad cars, Pullman in particular. Budd continued to produce steel bodies, many automakers, Dodge is in its very first customer car. Paris Motor Show in October 1924 Citroën Citroën introduced the B10, the first all-steel in Europe.

The cars were initially successful in the market, but soon competitors - who still uses a wooden structure for their bodies, introduces new body designs. Citroën did not redesign the bodies of their cars. Citroën sold in large quantities, while not changing the design of the body, but the car's low price was the main selling point and Citroën experienced heavy losses. [ Car Sales ]