Automobiles CITROËN
TypeSubsidiary of PSA Peugeot Citroën
When it was created1919
People who started itAndré Citroën
HeadquartersSaint-Ouen, Seine-Saint-Denis, France[1]
Things madeAutomobiles
Production output1,302,900[2] (2009)
ParentPSA Peugeot Citroën
File:Citroën 15-6 5 2012.jpg
The Citroën Traction Avant, a classic car of the 1940s

Citroën is car manufacturer based in France. It was founded by André-Gustave Citroën in 1919 and it became the first mass-production car company outside the USA [4] and pioneered the modern concept of creating a sales and services network that complements the motor car.[5]


Citroën were innovators in car design. Their Traction Avant (pictured) had the first mass production of three revolutionary features that are still in use today. They are: a unitary body with no separate frame, four-wheel independent suspension, and front-wheel drive.

Later on, in the 1950s, Citroën developed a remarkable type of suspension. A high-pressure hydraulic system was used in over 9 million Citroën cars. They included the DS, SM, GS, CX, BX, XM, Xantia, C5, and C6. Self-levelling is the principal benefit – the car kept a constant ride height above the road. It adjusted to the passenger and cargo load, and gave a very soft suspension. This type of suspension smooths out road irregularities without disturbing the occupants.[6] It is often compared to riding on a 'magic carpet' for this reason.[7]



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