Citroen is a French automobile brand, which is a part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen group. The brand’s logo, which is also used for any company’s photo or poster, is two metallic chevrons, which symbolize double helical gears, facing upwards. more
It was founded in 1919 by Andre-Gustave Citroen and became the first mass-production company in Europe. By 1927, it turned into the largest manufacturer in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. In 1933, Citroen produced Traction Avant with a unitary body without separate frame but with four-wheel independent suspension and front-wheel drive. The same year, it created Rosalie, the first serial car in the world with a diesel engine. However, in 1934 the company went bankrupt and Pierre Michelin became its new owner.
In 1948, Citroen presented its new 2CV car. Though the model was rather simple, it became extremely popular in France and abroad because it wasn’t expensive and was easy to operate. 2CV was produced with almost no changes till 1990.
In 1955, Citroen started to produce one more legendary car, DS-19. Besides unique design, the car had numerous technological innovations, including disc brakes, hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system and high-pressure hydraulic system for activation of the power steering, suspension and brakes. Moreover, in 1968, moving directional headlights were added to it.
Citroen was also one of the first brands, which used aerodynamic automobile design, which helped to reduce fuel consumption and improve car performance at high speed by reducing the wind resistance.
In 1974, Peugeot took control of the company and created PSA Peugeot Citroen group. In 1992, Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen venture was created. It produces Peugeot and Citroen models for customers in China. In 2014, Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen was ranked the highest during the customer satisfaction survey in China.