HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO CITROËN
Celebrate a Century of Citroën

In a world where products, and even companies, come and go, it’s pretty amazing to see one celebrate 100 years in business. That’s exactly what Citroën is doing in 2019, celebrating 100 years of building automobiles. We’re working with one of our most enthusiastic clubs, Citroëns @ Carlisle, to create an amazing celebration of this innovative brand. The final plan is still being developed but you can expect to see special displays of Citroën vehicles, seminars and more.

The company was founded by its namesake, André Citroën, in 1919 with the goal of building an affordable car for the people of France. Citroën already had experience in the automotive industry since he took over the Mors automobile company in 1913. In his first year at Mors, Citroën increased output. When the war broke out in 1914, production transitioned to support the war effort.

In 1919, Citroën began to produce his own automobiles using mass production assembly line techniques that he borrowed from Henry Ford. Citroën vehicles were the first to be mass produced in France resulting in 100 units per day. That first vehicle was the 10 HP Type A and more than 24,000 were produced. Although Citroën borrowed heavily from Ford with its production methods and even the design of that first car, the company actually introduced numerous innovations that are still in use today.

The Citroën Traction Avant pioneered such advancements as unibody construction, front-wheel drive and four-wheel independent suspension in a mass produced vehicle. All of these features give the modern car more in common with the Citroën than the Model T. The first production car with modern disc brakes was also built by Citroën. As proof of the viability of these developments, the Citroën 2CV remained nearly unchanged from 1948 through 1990.


 

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