History of Citroen

Citroen is a brand that has managed to innovate the world of the automobile, with revolutionary technologies such as the front-wheel drive, in 1934. It is part of the Group PSA Peugeot-Citroen since 1974, when Peugeot became the owner of the company. Its slogan is "Technological creativity".

Throughout its history, it has also highlighted by their competition vehicles, earning numerous times the Rally Paris-Dakar or the world WRC. The brand logo consists of two inverted spikelets (chevrons) and overlapping. They are inspired by an invention of Andr? Citro?n - founder of the company-consisting of a v-shaped teeth gear.

During the first world war, Andr? Citro?n had a factory of howitzers (war artillery), but at the end of this decided to create its own brand of cars in the year 1919. In view of this, he travelled to United States to study the production chain of Ford.

Upon his return in France, he copied the system and developed its first model called type to. It was the first European car manufactured in series. At the beginning of the brand, expeditions to the desert of the Sahara, Asia and Africa using Citro?n vehicles to demonstrate robustness, were and scientific research were carried out and movie filming.

Citroen introduced to Europe the first steel bodywork, in contrast to competitors that used wood. In 1935, Pierre Michelin took the direction of the company. During the second world war, the workshops of the company had very little work, stopping production in 1943. Through armed conflict, hid a small revolutionary car plans: the 2CV, which would be released in 1948 with a very well received; Thanks to its low cost (ideal for a France into crisis as a result of the war).

In 1955, was released in the DS (known as "shark"), equipped with a system of hydro-pneumatic suspension, power steering, hydraulic brakes and a semi-automatic gearbox.

In 1967 Citro?n purchased Maserati, which allows you to develop SM Maserati V6 engine in 1970. But this car was a total failure of sales, being too much in advance at the time, and with a too-costly manufacturing which led to the company to fail. If this were little, SM (which currently is a collection car) was launched shortly before the 1973 oil crisis, inevitably condemn failure to Citroen.

This adverse situation continued until 1975, when they were purchased by Peugeot, forming the PSA Group (Peugeot-Citro?n). The Alliance was very successful financially between 1975 and 1979. However, between 1980 and 1985, there were significant economic losses, due to the hasty purchase of Chrysler Europe.

For more than twenty years, the coexistence of two marks (Peugeot-Citroen) was quite complicated. Although at first the philosophies of both were complementary (ambition and innovation of Citro?n, Peugeot discipline and conservatism), the designs were standardized, and Citroen fans protested.

The situation improved with the arrival of Jean-Martin Folz, President of the PSA group. Each brand took its own identity with autonomy. Models C2, C3 and C4 were for history, for his unmistakable style (Jean-Pierre Plou? designs). Until today, this new path of Citroen continues being prosperous, retaining its own style in designs and technologies.

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Citroën C4 Cactus

Citroën C4 Cactus

Citroen C4 Cactus was designed to stand out from the traffic. You may like it and you may not but it can hardly be ignored. Brown inserts on the sides made of special poly urethane catch everyone’s attention, while light doors

Technical characteristics of Citroen Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Citro?n XM 2.1 Turbo D Break 1998 110HP (81 kW) @ 4300 rpm 7.1 l/100km
2 Citro?n C3 1.4i 2001 73HP (53 kW) @ 5400 rpm 6.2 l/100km
3 Citro?n Traction 15/6 H Saloon 1954 78HP (57 kW) @ 3800 rpm 11.9 l/100km
4 Citro?n C2 1.6i 16v 2003 109HP (80 kW) @ 5750 rpm 6.3 l/100km
5 Citro?n BX19 GTi 4X4 1990 124HP (91 kW) @ 5500 rpm 11.9 l/100km
6 Citro?n Dyane 6 1979 32HP (23 kW) @ 5750 rpm 11.9 l/100km
7 Citro?n Xantia 1.9 Diesel LX 1993 72HP (52 kW) @ 4600 rpm 11.9 l/100km
8 Citro?n BX17 TGD 1982 60HP (44 kW) @ 4600 rpm 11.9 l/100km
9 Citro?n DS4 VTi 120 2010 120HP (88 kW) @ 6000 rpm 6.2 l/100km
10 Citro?n C3 Pluriel 1.6i 16v 2002 108HP (79 kW) @ 5750 rpm 6.7 l/100km
11 Citro?n C3 VTi 95 EGS 2009 95HP (70 kW) @ 6000 rpm 5.5 l/100km
12 Citro?n C5 HDi 110 DPSF 2004 108HP (79 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.5 l/100km
13 Citro?n DS3 HDi 110 FAP 2009 112HP (82 kW) @ 3600 rpm 4.5 l/100km
14 Citro?n C5 Tourer 2.0 16V BVA 2007 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9 l/100km
15 Citro?n Xantia 1.9 TurboDiesel VSX 1993 93HP (68 kW) @ 4000 rpm 11.9 l/100km