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Sunday, 27 April 2014


French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën (1878–1935) was responsible for the mass production of armaments during World War 1. After the war he applied these techniques to the manufacture of low-priced small cars. Citroën, which he founded in 1919, was the first mass-production car company outside the USA.

The first Citroën car was sold on July 7, 1919 - a Citroën 10HP Type A.

Citroen Type A Torpedo 1919 Wikipedia

Andre Citroën pioneered the modern concept of creating a sales and services network that complements the motor car.

In 1924, Citroën produced Europe’s first all-steel-bodied car, the B-10.

In 1934, Citroën introduced its Traction Avant, not only the world's first mass-produced front-wheel drive car, but also one of the first cars to feature a monocoque-type body.

Beside being an able engineer, Citroën was also a gambler, leading to the bankruptcy of his company in 1934. The company was taken over by the main creditor Michelin, who had provided tires for the cars

In 1934 Andre Citroën became bankrupt and lost control of the company which still bears his name.

The Citroën 2CV was created after the Second World War. It was first marketed as an "umbrella on wheels" that could transport eggs without cracking them. Between 1948 and 1990 about four million cars were sold.

In the first rally to cross the Sahara Desert in 1974, the Australian team of Ken Tubman, Andre Welenski, and Jim Reddiex won the "World Cup Rally" driving a Citroën.

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