About the brand
With more than 100 years of heritage and more than 300 models, the Citroen brand has shown boldness and an unwavering human point of view.
In 1919, Citroen's great adventure began at the hands of André Citroen, a pioneer in the automotive industry. Launching this year is the Citroën Type A, a small luxury Torpedo-style series with sporty qualities. The French brand, in addition to winning the consumer Grand Prix at Le Mans, is rapidly growing in prestige, which is why the pace of manufacturing is increasing. More than 15,000 Citroens were on the roads by the end of the year.
In 1921, Citroen presents the second model in its range: the B2. Next, the Citroen 5HP comes out at the Paris Motor Show. It is remembered for the publicity they did at the show where a plane wrote the word Citroen in the sky over the French capital.
As a demonstration of reliability towards Citroen cars, André Citroën sends his B2 10HP autochains across the Sahara desert. After the success, in 1924 he organized the Black Cruise expedition, crossing Africa from north to south.
Two years later, Citroen introduces its B14, a mass-market car with luxury features. In this decade the C4 is added, with removable seats and a tailgate in 2 parts, in addition to the C6, the first fast cargo vehicle in France.
In 1931, Citroen crossed the Asian continent from Beirut to Beijing, they called it the 'Yellow Cruise'. The aim was to demonstrate the technical qualities of the vehicles to the whole world.
Between 1932 and 1934, Citroen launches the so-called "Rosalie", available in 8, 10 and 15 CV models. He caused quite a stir by breaking track speed records. In addition, the Traction Avant was launched, which was a complete success and is named after the front-wheel drive. Despite the success of this, the company faces serious financial difficulties and Michelin buys Citroën to prevent the brand from sinking.
In 1938, the 15-Six joined the Traction Avant range. It is comfortable, fast and is nicknamed the “Queen of the Road”. The following year, the TUB aimed at professionals appears with its sliding side-loading doors as a novelty.
In October 1946, Citroën launches 3 new models at the Paris Salon: the 11 B, the 11BL and the 15-sixG. In addition, they also make the presentation of Type H, successor to the TUB.
Between the years 1948 and 1950, the Citroen brand presents the 2CV. This last year the van version was launched, with a 250kg payload and a speed of 60 km/h. Five years later Flaminio Bertoni designs the DS model with an aesthetic and aerodynamic revolution.
Citroen 1960s and today
In 1960, the Ami 6 was launched throughout Europe. The Dyane, in 1967, uses the mechanics of the 2CV but has the versatility of a family member. Although it was not until 1968, a year later, that the Méhari appeared to revolutionize everything. With the plastic body, this vehicle is an all-rounder and all-rounder.
In 1970 the luxurious and sporty Citroen SM was launched and also the GS model, which stands out for its aerodynamic bodywork. The CX vehicle is launched in 1974 with a hydropneumatic suspension and futuristic dashboard. Two years later they first introduced the CX estate, followed by the LN. The latter responds to the oil crisis with the smallest engine in the range. In 1978 the LNA and Visa arrive, the first standard cars with integrated electronic ignition.
The limited edition 2CV Charleston arrives in 1980. It is seriously produced and its two-tone body is very popular. In 1982 the BX was born causing a stir as it was a modern sedan with five doors and five seats. Four years later, the AX model surprises.
Between the years 1989 and 1994 appear: the Citroen XM with Hydractive suspension in the premium range, the ZX, which has sliding rear seats with adjustable backrest, and finally, Citroen launches Jumper with Peugeot and Fiat.
From 1995 to 1998, Citroen introduces the Jumpy, a light commercial van, the Berlingo, followed by the Berlingo Multispace and the Saxo. On the occasion of the centenary of the Paris Motor Show, Citroen presents the Xsara Picasso, a compact minivan.
Two years later, they present at the same show the Citroen C5, which combines elegance and dynamism. In 2002 the Citroen C3 was also launched.
The first production of the C1 took place in 2005, and in the following years, the C6 packed with technology, the C4 Picasso, is introduced, becoming Citroen's first compact MPV. The first SUV is launched in 2007, the C-Crosser, and the following year, the C3 Picasso is launched, remarkable for its capacity.
In 2010 Citroen decided to enter the electric world with the C-Zero, and the DS line was added with the first DS3 model. The following year the DS4 appears, a raised 4-door coupe.
In 2014, Citroen launches the C4 Cactus, which was an alternative to compact sedans that combines use and aesthetics. At the end of 2015 the E-Méhari comes out, a fascinating convertible, 100% electric 4-door.
In 2017 the C3 Aircross arrives, Citroen's first SUV. It is followed by the C5 Aircross, a comfortable vehicle thanks to the Progressive Hydraulic Shock Absorbers and Advanced Comfort Seats. The brand's first plug-in hybrid appears in 2019 with the Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid SUV.
At the beginning of 2020, Citroen launches the AMI, an ultra-compact and accessible 100% electric vehicle solution for everyone. In addition, you drive without the need for a car license.