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Discover Citroën's rich history stretching from 1919 to today, by looking through our timeline.

1910

1919

André Citroën

André Citroën

Creativity. Technology. Boldness. In 1919, André Citroën set out on an adventure with his eponymous brand…

04 November 1919

Advertisement for Citroën A Type

Advertisement for Citroën A Type

The Type A, Citroën's first vehicle, was launched with an original advert.

07 July 1919

Citroën A Type car

A classic car with a 1,323cmᶟ four-cylinder engine and top speed of 65kph, the Type A is now on sale.

1920

1920

10000 Citroën cars sold

10000 Citroën cars sold

In just one year on the market, Citroën sells 10,000 vehicles.

20 February 1921

Enamel plates by Citroën

Enamel plates by Citroën

Always one step ahead. On 20 February 1921, Citroën creates a series of enamel road signs to help drivers find their way around the French road network.

07 December 1921

Citroën B2

Citroën B2

Citroën presents the second model in its range: the B2 - a more powerful and advanced version of the Type A.

10 January 1922

Citroën 5HP in Paris show

Citroën 5HP in Paris show

Paris Motor Show: world preview of the Citroën 5HP. A new compact brand vehicle, based on the Type A.

10 December 1922

Citroën name in the sky

Citroën name in the sky

More bold creativity… For the first time, marking the opening of the seventh Paris Motor Show, an aircraft writes the brand name in the sky. It's Paris. It's Citroën!

17 December 1922

Citroën in the Sahara

Citroën in the Sahara

To highlight the qualities of his half-track vehicles launched in 1922, André Citroën decides to send them across the Sahara desert. Georges-Marie Haardt and Louis Audouin-Dubreuil travel from Touggourt to Timbuktu and back again between 17 December 1922 and 7 March 1923. 

1923

Ad for Citroën toys

Ad for Citroën toys

André Citroën starts making toy cars that are miniature replicas of 'dad's car'. The first model is the open-tourer Torpedo B2 10HP. More than 30,000 cars are sold in the first ten years.

10 January 1924

Citroën B10 in Paris show

Citroën B10 in Paris show

Citroën presents the B10, the first car with an all-steel body, replacing the combined wood and metal bodywork.

1924

50000 Citroën cars produced per years

50000 Citroën cars produced per years

During 1924, Citroën makes 50000 vehicles.

28 October 1924

Croisière Noir in Africa

Croisière Noir in Africa

Building on the success of the Sahara crossing two years earlier, Citroën organises the Croisière Noire expedition. This crosses the African continent from north to south, travelling from Colomb-Béchar to Cape Town, between 28 October 1924 and 26 June1925.

07 April 1925

Eiffel tower illumated with Citroën

Between 1925 and 1934, Citroën runs a spectacular advert on the Eiffel Tower, displaying its name in illuminated letters 30m high, using 250,000 light bulbs and 600km of wiring. Charles Lindbergh used the sign to guide him as he came in to land after flying across the Atlantic.

1925

The first repair catalogue by Citroën

The first repair catalogue by Citroën

Citroën publishes its first repair dictionary with a catalogue of replacement parts for dealers.

28 September 1926

Citroën B14 at the+J35 Paris show

Citroën B14 at the+J35 Paris show

Citroën presents the B14, a mass-market car with luxury features. It was one of the most popular vehicles in the inter-war period. The brand also presents the B15, the first French commercial vehicle with a closed cab.

1926

Official statistics on the number of vehicles per capita

In 1926, almost one-third of vehicles on the road in France are made by Citroën.

1926

31,000 employees & 400 cars produced per day

31,000 employees & 400 cars produced per day

The Citroën company now has 31,000 workers. Production is setting a European record, with 400 vehicles a day.

21 May 1927

Charles Lindbergh visiting the Citroën factory

Charles Lindbergh visiting the Citroën factory

Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly across the Atlantic, visits the Citroën plant.

1928

Citroën C4 & C6 in Paris show

Citroën C4 & C6 in Paris show

Citroën presents two new models: the C4 and the C6, at the Paris Motor Show.

10 January 1929

Opening of the Citroën factory at Javel

Opening of the Citroën factory at Javel

Showcasing his pioneering spirit once again, André Citroën opens the doors of the Quai de Javel factory to the public during the Paris Motor Show.

1929

Launch of the Citroën C6 1

Launch of the Citroën C6 1

Citroën launches the C61, France's first high-speed truck, with an all-steel enclosed cabin. Payload is 1,800kg, with a 42 bhp six-cylinder engine. 

1930

1930

Advertisement for the new Citroën C4F

Advertisement for the new Citroën C4F

The commercial version of the C4 makes its appearance. Modular and functional, it has removable rear seats and a two-part tailgate. The family version of the C4 loses 7cm, and gains a new carburettor, gearbox and clutch to become the C4F.

04 April 1931

Croisière Jaune in Asia

Croisière Jaune in Asia

Five years after the Croisière Noire expedition, Citroën organises the Croisière Jaune. Recognising no limits, the brand aims to cross Asia, from Beirut to Beijing.

January 1931

Floating engine creation by Citroën in 1931

Floating engine creation by Citroën in 1931

André Citroën returns from the US with lots of new ideas including the floating-power engine. He uses this concept to once again contribute to modernising the car.
This innovative system places rubber mounts between the engine and chassis to reduce engine vibrations.

January 1932

Citroën floating engine

The C4G and C6G gain a floating-power engine and take the name MFP (for Moteur Floating Power). Once again, Citroën leaves its European rivals standing. All Citroën vehicles now feature the floating-power engine.

January 1932

Citroën Rosalie

Citroën Rosalie

Citroën launches the Rosalie series. The 8CV, 10CV and 15CV models are presented at the Paris Motor Show. The first two replace the C4, while the third, with its six-cylinder engine, is the natural successor to the C6.
From 1931, following a string of records set by these vehicles at the Linas-Montlhéry speed ring, all three models were quickly dubbed Rosalie.

27 July 1933

Citroën Rosalie 8CV

Citroën Rosalie 8CV

Montlhéry speed ring. 300,000km. 134 days. An average speed of 58mph. The new world record, set by Petite Rosalie (8CV).

18 April 1934

Citroën 7A

Citroën 7A

Innovation. Safety. Comfort. Efficiency. Citroën presents the Type 7A, a car that blends innovation with safety, comfort and performance. It creates a revolution in the automotive industry, with, for example: front-wheel drive, unitised all-steel body, hydraulic brakes on all four wheels, indepedent wheel suspension with a torsion bar, a floating-power engine with overhead valves and removable cylinder liners.

10 January 1934

Citroën 7A with new front-wheel drive

Citroën 7A with new front-wheel drive

Another front-wheel drive model is presented at the Paris Motor Show: the 11. Based on the body of the 7, it's 14cm wider and 20cm longer. It features a 46 bhp and three-speed gearbox for a top speed of 66mph.

12 December 1934

Citroën faces financial problems

Citroën faces financial problems

The launch of the Traction Avant doesn't resolve the serious financial difficulties facing the company, which can't meet its financial commitments. Citroën is the leading vehicle manufacturer in France and Europe at this time, and world number two. The government asks Michelin, the main creditor, to clear the company accounts and put the company back on a sound footing. Citroën continues to function under Michelin's control.

07 March 1935

André Citroën dies

André Citroën dies

Following a serious illness, André Citroën dies. Pierre Boulanger becomes CEO.

1936

Sketch of Citroën 2CV

Sketch of Citroën 2CV

Pierre Boulanger spearheads a project for a small-engined, affordable car: the future 2CV. Specifications say the car must be able to 'carry four people and 50kg of potatoes, reach a top speed of 37mph and consume 3 litres of fuel per 100km while ensuring a comfortable ride'.

January 1936

Citroën Rosalie 11 MI at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën Rosalie 11 MI at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën presents the 11 MI diesel at the Paris Motor Show - a world first for a passenger car.

01 December 1938

Prototype of the Citroën 2CV

Prototype of the Citroën 2CV

Citroën runs the first road tests on the TPV (Toute Petite Voiture or very small car), the prototype that goes on to become the celebrated 2CV.

10 January 1938

Citroën Traction Avant 15 CV

The 15-Six joins the Traction Avant family. Spacious, comfortable, fast (84mph) and easy to drive, the 15-Six quickly earns the name 'queen of the road' for its remarkable road holding.

January 1939

Citroën TUB

Citroën TUB

Citroën launches the TUB (Transport Utilitaire série B) commercial vehicle. A modern van, it features a forward-control layout and sliding side door for loading.

23 August 1939

Citroën ready to launch the 2CV

Citroën ready to launch the 2CV

The French vehicle testing service approves the 2CV, which is now ready to make its market debut.

1940

06 March 1940

Citroën Javel factory bombed

Citroën Javel factory bombed

The Citroën factory on Quai de Javel is bombed. The undamaged 2CV prototypes are dismantled and hidden. Production gradually tails off due to the occupation.

1941

Citroën Type 23 & Type 45 able to run on gas

Citroën Type 23 & Type 45 able to run on gas

Faced with a shortage of fuel, Citroën decides to take action and provide alternative options for its customers. The Type 23 and Type 45 commercial vehicles can now run on gas.

1942

During the war, annual production falls from 100,000 to 9,000 cars

During the war, annual production falls from 100,000 to 9,000 cars

Mid-war, yearly production falls from 100,000 vehicles to around 9,000.

1942

Citroën Javel factory bombed

Citroën Javel factory bombed

The Javel factory is bombed for the second time, seriously damaging production facilities.

11 June 1944

The first Citroën truck

The first Citroën truck

Citroën takes a determined approach. The first truck leaves the Javel factory one year after the bombing.

1945

Rebuilding the Citroën Javel  factory

Rebuilding the Citroën Javel factory

The Javel factory is rebuilt. Citroën is keen to meet growing demand. Production rises to 13.4% of pre-war levels.

1946

France is rebuilding.

Vans account for half of the vehicles built by Citroën.

10 January 1946

Launch of Citroën B11 & B15

Launch of Citroën B11 & B15

At the Paris Motor Show in October, Citroën presents three models: the 11 B, known as 11 Normale, the 11 BL or 11 Légère (light) and the 15-SixG.

January 1947

Launch of Citroën Type H

Launch of Citroën Type H

First presentation of the Type H. Once again, CEO Pierre Boulanger drafts the specifications: a unibody, front-wheel drive adopting lots of features from the four-cylinder Traction Avant with strong rear suspension. The main aim is to carry over as many parts as possible from the existing brand model.

10 July 1948

Launch of Citroën 2CV

Launch of Citroën 2CV

The 2CV is at last unveiled to the public – and to the President of the Republic, Vincent Auriol – at the Paris Motor Show, where it astonishes visitors with its novel looks. A new approach to individual transport, more than five million 2CVs (all variants) were built by 27 July 1990.

January 1949

Launch of Citroën Type HZ

Launch of Citroën Type HZ

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën presents the Type HZ, a compact van with a payload of 850kg and top speed of 88kph.

1950

January 1950

Citroën 2CV Van presented at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën 2CV Van presented at the Paris Motor Show

Building on the success of the 2CV, which has a six-year waiting list, Citroën presents the van version at the Paris Motor Show. It has a payload of 250kg, a 375cm3 engine, a top speed of 60kph and five litres per 100km.

11 November 1950

Pierre Boulanger dies

Pierre Boulanger dies

Born on 10 March 1885, Pierre Boulanger, Chairman of Citroën, dies.

1951

Citroën 15 CV

The Citroën 15 CV becomes the official car of the French government.

January 1951

Citroën 2CV production

Citroën 2CV production

Citroën starts production of the 2CV van. It produced 1.2 million 2CVs by March 1978.

January 1952

Boot on Citroën car

Boot on Citroën car

To meet customer requirements, Citroën fits its Traction Avant vehicles with a rear boot extension that doubles loading space.

1953

Citroën Type 55 commercial vehicle

Citroën Type 55 commercial vehicle

The Type 55 commercial vehicle replaces the Type 45, with a 76 bhp petrol or diesel engine, payload of 5,000kg and gross vehicle weight of 9,300kg. Citroën also produces a bus version, the 55 UADI, with a six-cylinder diesel engine and 29 seats.

January 1954

Citroën 15-Six

Citroën 15-Six

The 15-Six gains constant-height hydropneumatic suspension at the back - a technological breakthrough developed by Citroën's design office.

20 July 1955

End of production for the Citroën 15-Six

End of production for the Citroën 15-Six

Citroën ends production of the15-Six after 23 years on the market.

10 June 1955

The Paris Motor Show sets the scene for a revolution in technology and design.

Citroën presents the DS, a car straight out of science-fiction, with original looks, avant-garde interior design, hydropneumatic suspension and hydraulic assistance. It gains 750 sales in 45 minutes, 12,000 in just one day and almost 80,000 by the end of the show.

1955

46 CDU launch

Citroën launches its first four-wheel drive truck, the 46 CDU. It has a 95 bhp six-cylinder diesel engine, and a payload of 5,000kg for a total vehicle weight of 9,300kg.

January 1957

Citroën ID 19

Citroën ID 19

The ID 19 joins the range, with a choice of two versions: Standard (63 bhp, 4,000 rpm and 130kph) and Luxury (66 bhp, 4,500 rpm and 135kph).

January 1958

Presentation of the Citroën 2 CV Sahara

Presentation of the Citroën 2 CV Sahara

Citroën presents the 2CV 4x4 or 2CV Sahara. A four wheel drive with two 425cm3 engines, it has amazing off-road capabilities. Even when fully laden, it can climb a slope with a gradient of over 40% in the sand.

January 1958

End of Citroën Traction production

End of Citroën Traction production

Citroën ends production of the Traction Avant, after more than 750,000 were built. 

10 September 1958

Quai de Javel is officially named Quai André Citroën

Quai de Javel is officially named Quai André Citroën

As a tribute to the company's founder, the Quai de Javel is officially named Quai André Citroën.

1959

Citroën ID 19 at Monte-Carlo

Citroën ID 19 at Monte-Carlo

An ID 19 wins the Monte-Carlo Rally with Coltelloni-Alexandre and Desrosiers. As a result, Citroën decides to take part in other road races.

January 1959

Citroën DS car body

Citroën DS car body

Another first. Citroën is invited to display a DS body at the Milan Triennale, an international exhibition of art and design chaired by the architect Gio Ponti.

1960

16 March 1960

Citroën Marbeuf garage

Citroën Marbeuf garage

Citroën opens the legendary Marbeuf garage, an  architectural masterpiece that paves the way for other brand showcases.

10 January 1960

Citroën Cabriolet DS 19 launched in Paris

Citroën Cabriolet DS 19 launched in Paris

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën presents the DS 19 Cabriolet, with bodywork by Henri Chapron. A vast range of customisation options are on offer: 76 colour combinations, 13 bodywork colours and 11 shades for the leather trim and upholstery.

1960

Sign at Citroën plant in Rennes

Sign at Citroën plant in Rennes

The opening of the Rennes La Janais plant in Brittany. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and automation, the plant is designed to build 1,200 vehicles a day. It's the first Citroën plant to combine body assembly and final assembly.

24 April 1961

Launch of the Citroën Ami 6

Launch of the Citroën Ami 6

The Ami 6 is launched on the same day across Europe. Rounding out the range, the Ami 6 features strongly marked body lines and a reverse-raked rear window.

23 August 1962

The Citroën DS after the attempt on the life of General de Gaulle

The Citroën DS after the attempt on the life of General de Gaulle

General de Gaulle survives an attempted assassination at Petit Clamart outside Paris. The tyres of the president's Citroën DS are riddled with bullets, but the car stays on the road without any other damage.

January 1962

Citroën DS 19 at Versailles

Citroën DS 19 at Versailles

At the Paris Motor Show, held in October at the Porte de Versailles centre for the first time, Citroën presents a restyled DS 19. The nose and bumper are redesigned to improve aerodynamics and performance. It can reach speeds of 160kph.

1963

Citroën DS

Citroën DS

Citroën sets up a motorsports department led by René Cotton.

02 July 1964

Flaminio Bertoni dies.

Flaminio Bertoni dies.

He was a key Citroën designer and the man behind the legendary DS 19 and Ami 6.

January 1964

Citroën DS 19 Pallas

Citroën DS 19 Pallas

Citroën presents the DS 19 Pallas, an even more sophisticated car with particular emphasis on interior trim and finish.

January 1964

Citroën Ami 6 Estate

Citroën Ami 6 Estate

Paris Motor Show: Citroën presents the estate version of the Ami 6 and offers optional seat belts on all its vehicles.

January 1964

Doors of the Citroën 2CV

Doors of the Citroën 2CV

The 2CV gains new front-hinged doors.

January 1965

Citroën DS 21

Citroën DS 21

The arrival of the new DS 21. More powerful, fitted with a crankshaft with five bearings, the DS 21 also features an automatic headlight levelling system to offset dynamic variations in attitude.

January 1965

Citroën DS at the Monte Carlo Rally

Citroën DS at the Monte Carlo Rally

Driven by Pauli Toivonen, the DS wins its last Monte-Carlo Rally.

January 1967

Citroën Dyane

Citroën Dyane

The Dyane joins the Citroën range, slotting in between the 2CV and Ami 6. It combines the proven mechanics of the 2CV (425cmᶟ flat-twin engine, four-speed gearbox, 100kph and 4.9 litres per 100km) with entirely new body lines. With its tailgate and folding rear seat, it's a saloon with all the benefits of an estate.

January 1967

Headlights of the Citroën DS & ID

Headlights of the Citroën DS & ID

All DS and ID models are restyled, including wings, bonnet, bumpers, lower fairing and also an optical system with four headlights, two of which swivel with the steering.

January 1968

Citroën Dyane 6

The Dyane 6 makes its debut. It features the more powerful engine of the Ami (602cmᶟ, 110kph and 6.1 litres per 100 km).

January 1968

Citroën Méhari

Citroën Méhari

Citroën expands its family of twin-cylinder vehicles with the Méhari, an original, versatile, all-terrain vehicle. The plastic bodywork prevents corrosion and protects against minor bumps and scratches.

January 1969

Citroën Ami 8

Citroën Ami 8

The Ami 8 replaces the Ami 6, with redesigned, simpler and more elegant bodywork.

January 1969

Electronic injection for the Citroën DS 21

Electronic injection for the Citroën DS 21

Citroën leaves the competition behind once again with the arrival of the DS 21, the first French production model to feature electronic injection (12 bhp, 188kph and 10 litres per 100km).

10 July 1969

Gold Citroën DS

Gold Citroën DS

The one millionth DS rolls off the production line: a DS 21 with gold bodywork.

1970

January 1970

Citroën M35

Citroën M35

A limited series with only 267 ever made. The bodywork is based on the Ami 8. It's a two-door, four-seater coupé with hydropneumatic suspension, a single-rotor 995cmᶟ rotary engine and a four-speed gearbox. The M35 prototype is a laboratory on wheels. Citroën lets customers try it out, if they have mileage of over 30,000km a year.

January 1970

Citroën SM

Born of an agreement signed with Maserati in 1968, the Citroën SM is a sporty, luxurious touring car showcasing experience from the DS in front-wheel drive systems, hydraulics and suspension. It has a Maserati V6 engine, a five-speed gearbox, and the Diravi system of hydraulic power steering with power-assisted return. Its dynamic qualities attract a customer base of connoisseurs in France, Europe and the US.

January 1970

Citroën GS at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën GS at the Paris Motor Show

Presented at the Paris Motor Show, the GS slots into the Citroën range between the Ami 8 and the DS. Flowing body lines establish the GS as the most aerodynamic car of its time. lt features a flat four-cylinder air-cooled engine and hydropneumatic suspension.

1970

Persepolis Rally

Persepolis Rally

For the Citroën Paris-Persepolis-Paris Rally, 1,300 young people from all walks of life set out on an extraordinary adventure at the wheel of a 2CV, Dyane or Méhari, a voyage of 13,800km from the outskirts of Paris to southern Iran.

1970

Citroën GS is 1971

Citroën GS is 1971 "Car of the Year"

The GS is named "Car of the Year".

January 1971

Citroën SM at the Morocco Rally

Citroën SM at the Morocco Rally

First motorsports event, and first win: the Citroën SM at the Morocco Rally.

January 1972

Citroën DS 23

Citroën DS 23

The DS 23 replaces the DS 21. Featuring a carburettor and electronic fuel injection, it has the new 2,347cmᶟ engine, (188kph and 12 litres per 100km).

January 1973

Citroën Ami Super

Citroën Ami Super

Ami Super = body of the Ami and four-cylinder engine of the GS.

1974

Merger of Automobiles Citroën and Automobiles Peugeot

Michelin and the Peugeot group decide to merge Automobiles Citroën and Automobiles Peugeot to create a group of international reach.

January 1974

Citroën C35

Citroën C35

Launch of the C35, an LCV with a payload of 1,885kg built with Fiat.

January 1974

Citroën CX

Citroën CX

The Citroën CX is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Although less revolutionary than its predecessor – the DS – the CX features the company's latest technological developments. As shown by the transversely mounted engine and gearbox assembly at the front, hydropneumatic, independent wheel suspension keeps the vehicle at a constant height. It features a single wiper blade, a concave back window and a futuristic instrument panel.

January 1975

CX receives multiple awards

The CX picks up several awards: "Car of the Year", "Safety Prize" and "Award Style Auto".

24 April 1975

Last Citroën DS 23 built  in Paris

Last Citroën DS 23 built in Paris

The last DS leaves the line at the Javel plant, vehicle number 1,330,755. It's a DS 23 Pallas with Delta Blue bodywork and electronic injection.

January 1976

Launch of the Citroën CX estate

Launch of the Citroën CX estate

Citroën presents the CX estate.

10 January 1976

Launch of the Citroën LN at the Paris Motor Show

Launch of the Citroën LN at the Paris Motor Show

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën unveils the LN. It's the smallest engine in the range in the smallest body, based on the Peugeot 104 coupé. A 602cmᶟ air-cooled, flat-twin engine developing 32 bhp, a four-speed gearbox, top speed of 120 kph and 5.9 litres per 100 km.

1976

Citroën CX 2400 in Senegal

Citroën CX 2400 in Senegal

The CX 2400 takes the first five places in the Tour Automobile du Sénégal.

January 1977

Citroën Dyane Caban

Citroën Dyane Caban

Citroën presents the Dyane Caban special series, which is limited to 1,500 vehicles.

January 1977

Citroën CX 2400 GTI

Citroën CX 2400 GTI

The CX 2400 Gti: electronic injection, 2,347cm3 engine developing 128 bhp, 189kph and 8.1 litres per 100km.

January 1978

Citroën CX Prestige

Citroën CX Prestige

Arrival of the CX Prestige, featuring a longer wheelbase (+25cm).

January 1978

Citroën Acadiane

Citroën Acadiane

The Acadiane, a new compact LCV based on the Dyane, replaces the 2CV vans. It features a 602cm3 engine developing 31 bhp for a top speed of 100 kph.

January 1978

Citroën LNA

Citroën LNA

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën unveils two new models: the LNA, replacing the LN, and the Visa. These new vehicles feature full electronic ignition, a world first on production cars.

January 1979

Méhari 4x4

Citroën launches the Méhari 4x4, featuring a seven-speed gearbox (four normal and three transfer), plus a reverse gear with a reducer .

1980

January 1980

Citroën Charleston

Citroën Charleston

The 2CV gains two-tone bodywork and round headlamps with the 2CV Charleston. Originally planned as a special series of 8,000 cars, it was such a success that it became a production model in 1981.

January 1981

Citroën Visa II

Citroën Visa II

The Visa II, featuring redesigned bodywork and a more fuel-efficient engine, replaces the Visa.

January 1981

Citroën C25

Citroën C25

Citroën launches a new LCV, the C25, shared with Peugeot and Fiat.

January 1982

Citroën Visa GT

Citroën Visa GT

Topping the wide Visa range, the Visa GT replaces the Visa II Super X. Featuring a 1,360cm3 engine developing 80 bhp, it has a top speed of 168kph for 5.6 litres per 100km. 

January 1982

Citroën BX

Citroën BX

Citroën unveils the BX, a production vehicle intended to win new customers. A five-door, five-seater, two-box saloon, it slots into the range between the GSA and CX. It comes with a choice of three powertrains from launch: 1,360cm3  developing 62 bhp with a four-speed gearbox, 1,360cm3 developing 72 bhp with a five-speed gearbox, and 1,580cm3 developing 90 bhp with a five-speed gearbox.

January 1982

Citroën Visa convertible

Citroën Visa convertible

Launch of the Visa convertible: the hood with its flexible rear window can be folded back in full or just at the front.

January 1983

Citroën windscreen

Citroën windscreen

From this date, all Citroën vehicles are fitted as standard with a laminated windscreen.

1983

Women's trophy by Citroën, Total & Michelin

Women's trophy by Citroën, Total & Michelin

In cooperation with Total and Michelin, Citroën sets up the Women's Trophy: 6,000 candidates, 11 drivers, six events. Two of the competitors become works drivers.

January 1984

Citroën BX GT 19

Citroën BX GT 19

Citroën launches the BX 19 GT, featuring an onboard computer and engine of 1,905cm3 (185kph)

January 1984

Citroën C15 E

Citroën C15 E

The C15 E (petrol and C15 D (diesel) are two compact LCVs, based on the Visa and with a payload of 570kg.

February 1984

Citroën CX 25 GTi Turbo

The CX 25 GTi Turbo: a 2,500cm3 turbocharged engine with electronic injection, 168 bhp and 220kph. One of the most brilliant cars in its category for its outstanding performance.

January 1985

Citroën Visa GTI

Citroën Visa GTI

Citroën launches the Visa GTi. With its 1,580cm3 injection engine injection and five-speed gearbox, it's a true GTi with a top speed of 188kph.

January 1985

Citroën gains a red & white logo

Citroën gains a red & white logo

A new look. The old blue and yellow logo is gradually replaced by a new logo in red and white.

January 1986

Unveiling of Citroën AX

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën unveils the AX. A three-door front-wheel drive hatchback with a drag coefficient of 0.31, it features an all-new transversely mounted vertical powertrain.

January 1987

New anti-corrosion warranty by Citroën

New anti-corrosion warranty by Citroën

From this date, all Citroën vehicles come with a five-year anti-corrosion warranty.

1987

New Citroën AX sport & GT

New Citroën AX sport & GT

The Citroën AX arrives on the small sports car market, with the AX Sport in March followed by the AX GT in October. It takes part in the Morocco Rally and the Monte-Carlo Rally.

January 1987

Citroën BX 19 GTI

Citroën BX 19 GTI

Citroën presents the new 16-valve BX 19 GTi 16 featuring France's first multivalve engine (four cylinders, 1,905cm3, 164 bhp and a top speed of 218kph).

January 1988

Citroën Operation Dragon

Operation Dragon. A group of 140 young drivers from around Europe set out on a  journey of more than 4,500km by AX between Shenzhen and Beijing.

January 1988

Citroën Activa

Citroën Activa

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën unveils Activa, a research prototype that would be used to develop systems like four-wheel steering and electronic suspension.

January 1988

Citroën AX Sport Turbo

Citroën AX Sport Turbo

The AX Sport Turbo claims seven podium places in ten events in the French Superproduction Championship.

January 1989

Citroën BX 4x4

Citroën BX 4x4

Two new BX models arrive in dealerships: the BX 4x4 and BX 4x4 Evasion. The four wheel drive transmission features three differentials: front, central (locking), and back, with limited slip. 

23 May 1989

Citroën XM

Citroën XM

Citroën launches a new flagship model: the Xm. Designed by Bertone, this hatchback saloon is the world's first production car to feature a suspension system that combines the intelligence of electronics with the power and flexibility of hydraulics. Hydractive suspension is born.

1990

27 July 1990

Citroën ends  production of the 2CV

Citroën ends production of the 2CV

After a production run of 5,114,940 vehicles, the 2CV bows out in spectacular fashion at the Mangualde plant in Portugal. It quickly becomes a collector's item.

1990

Citroën XM is

Citroën XM is "Car of the Year"

The Xm is named "Car of the Year", picking up 14 international awards.

January 1990

Citroën C15 & C25 electric cars

Citroën C15 & C25 electric cars

The Paris Motor Show gives Citroën another opportunity to show its technological leadership. The electric C15 and C25 are displayed alongside Activa 2, a working prototype that's the real star of the show. Activa 2 features a three-litre V6 24-valve engine developing 200 bhp, an automatic four-speed gear box, an active roll control system and a five-function display.

17 January 1991

Vatanen & the Citroën ZX Rally Raid win the Paris Dakar

Vatanen & the Citroën ZX Rally Raid win the Paris Dakar

A ZX Rallye raid driven by Ari Vatanen wins the 13th Paris-Tripoli-Dakar rally (9,186km).

January 1991

Unveiling of Citroën ZX

The Citroën ZX is unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show. The ZX is launched in March as a collection of four models: Reflex, Avantage, Aura and Volcane. Slotting in between the AX and the BX, the ZX is the first European car to come with a sliding rear seat with rake-adjustable backrests.

20 April 1992

Prototype of an electronic car  by Citroën

Prototype of an electronic car by Citroën

Citela, an electric prototype by Citroën, is one of the main attractions in the French pavilion at the Universal Exposition of Seville.

29 September 1992

Citroën ZX Rally wins the Paris Moscow Beijing Rally

Citroën ZX Rally wins the Paris Moscow Beijing Rally

Sixty years after the Croisière Jaune, Pierre Lartigue and Michel Périn complete a 16,000km adventure to win the first Paris-Moscow-Beijing rally with a Citroën ZX Rallye Raid.

03 January 1992

Market launch of the Citroën Xantia

Market launch of the Citroën Xantia

The Xantia makes its market debut. A five-door saloon measuring 4.44m, it's the result of a partnership between the Citroën and Bertone styling centres. Citroën has drawn upon the full spectrum of its technological culture for the Xantia, not only to set new standards in driving pleasure, but also to give the new vehicle a powerful passive safety system (Hydractive 2).

21 September 1993

Two million Citroën AX vehicles

Two million Citroën AX vehicles

The two millionth AX rolls off the line at the Aulnay-sous-bois site.

14 January 1994

Market launch of the Citroën Jumper

Market launch of the Citroën Jumper

It's the world preview of the Citroën Jumper (Relay) at the Geneva commercial vehicle show. Born of an industrial cooperation agreement with Peugeot and Fiat, the Jumper has a range of attractive features: good looks, new petrol and diesel engines and new gearboxes.

January 1994

Market launch of the Citroën Evasion (Synergie)

Market launch of the Citroën Evasion (Synergie)

The Citroën Evasion (Synergie) is presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The new vehicle has all the qualities of an executive saloon for driving pleasure, comfort, ride and safety.

January 1994

Market launch of the Citroën Xantia Activa

Market launch of the Citroën Xantia Activa

Presented at the Paris Motor Show, the Xantia Activa is the first car to take corners on the level, thanks to its revolutionary SC.CAR roll limitation system. It also comes with extra features including a driver airbag, back power windows, and adjustable backrests at the front.

January 1995

One millionth Citroën ZX

One millionth Citroën ZX

The one millionth ZX rolls off the line at the Aulnay final assembly plant.

15 September 1995

Market launch of the Citroën Jumpy

Market launch of the Citroën Jumpy

At the Transport Show, Citroën presents Jumpy (Dispatch), a compact, functional and versatile van with a payload of 815kg and useful volume of 4m3.

January 1995

Market launch of the Citroën AX Electric

Market launch of the Citroën AX Electric

The AX Electric makes its debut, with a power of 20kW, a top speed of 91kph and a range of 75km in the city. It's available as a three-door, four-seater hatchback and in a two-seater fleet version.

11 February 1995

Citroën Saxo reveal

Citroën Saxo reveal

The new Citroën Saxo is presented to the press.

1996

100,000 Saxo vehicles built in eight months

100,000 Saxo vehicles built in eight months

In eight months, the Aulnay final assembly plant produces 100,000 Saxo vehicles.

January 1996

Citroën Saxo Cup

Citroën Saxo Cup

The Saxo Cup replaces the AX Cup.

January 1996

Market launch of the Citroën Berlingo

Market launch of the Citroën Berlingo

The Citroën Berlingo makes its market debut. Although it's closer to a passenger car than an LCV for its styling and equipment, the Berlingo has a huge volume of 3m3 and a payload of 800kg.

January 1996

Citroën Berlingo Multispace

The first appearance of the Berlingo Multispace, which is both functional and comfortable. It's scheduled for launch in early 1997.

22 August 1997

International Citroën Berlingo rally: from Paris to Moscow

International Citroën Berlingo rally: from Paris to Moscow

An international public relations operation for young people from around Europe aged between 18 and 35: the Citroën Berlingo Paris-Samarkand-Moscow rally.

09 November 1997

Commercial launch of Citroën Xsara

Commercial launch of Citroën Xsara

The Citroën Xsara (4.17m) joins the range, slotting in between the Saxo (3.72m) and Xantia (4.52m). Designed to be the first in a new generation of executive mid-range vehicles, the Xsara shows brand leadership in comfort, safety and road handling.

02 June 1998

Exhibition of Citroën 2CV vehicles. Three unique models

Exhibition of Citroën 2CV vehicles. Three unique models

At the Retromobile show, Citroën displays three unique pre-war 2CV models from a series corresponding to the vehicle approved in 1939.

25 March 1998

Production of the 500,000th Saxo

Production of the 500,000th Saxo

The 500,000th Saxo rolls off the assembly line, with sculptor César as its sponsor.

January 1998

Citroën Xsara Picasso reveal

Citroën Xsara Picasso reveal

The Paris Motor Show celebrates its centenary. Citroën unveils the Xsara Picasso. A one-box vehicle at the front and a hatchback at the back, the new compact saloon is praised for its original and innovative styling.

February 1998

Citroën C3

Citroën C3 "Lumière" concept car

Citroën turns its sights on the future with the C3 Lumière concept car, prefiguring a future production model. The functionality and interior layout is both versatile and innovative.

1998

One millionth Citroën Zantia and Saxo

The one millionth Xantia is built at the Rennes-la-Janais site and the one millionth Saxo at the Aulnay site.

03 November 1999

Citroën C6

Citroën C6 "Lignage" concept car

Presented at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept car C6 Lignage illustrates 'the art of travel according to Citroën'. It showcases architectural and design options for a future executive brand model. Also on the Citroën stand, visitors can admire the Pluriel, an original model that doesn't fit into any of the traditional vehicle categories.

2000

1999

Citroën Conservatoire heritage centre in Aulnay

Citroën Conservatoire heritage centre in Aulnay

Citroën opens its Conservatoire heritage centre at Aulnay. The 6,700m² building is built to safeguard vehicles made by the brand from its founding to the present day. 28 November 2001 marks the opening of the Citroën’s Conservatoire.

03 February 2000

Unveiling of Citroën C3 Pluriel

The Citroën C3 Pluriel is presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

30 September 2000

Citroën C5 at the Paris Motors Whow

Citroën C5 at the Paris Motors Whow

Citroën unveils the C5 at the Paris Motor Show. It allies prestige with power, performance and strength. The brand also presents Osmose, a concept car designed to reconcile pedestrians and motorists. Built for the city, Osmose is a vehicle of the future, promoting communication and openness. It was later displayed at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

2001

Loeb & Elena  France & World Rally Champions (junior)

Loeb & Elena France & World Rally Champions (junior)

Citroën's young hope, Sébastien Loeb, wins the French championship title with co-driver Daniel Elena, driving a Xsara Kit Car. The duo also wins the Junior World Rally Championship at the wheel of a Saxo Super 1600.

January 2001

Citroën C-Crosser at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Citroën C-Crosser at the Frankfurt Motor Show

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Citroën unveils the C3. Visitors can also admire C-Crosser, a concept car with three seats at the front, a mobile driving position (left, centre or right) electronic controls based on "x-by-wire" technology, and no steering column. This versatile car is built for a sense of adventure, freedom and well-being.

03 July 2002

Citroën C8 reveal

Citroën C8 reveal

At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën presents the C8, a car for travelling with family or friends, designed to meet the needs of all passengers.

25 August 2002

First WRC victory for Loeb & Elena

Young drivers Loeb and Elena clinch their first WRC victory on the asphalt in Germany.

28 September 2002

Citroën C-Airdream reveal at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën C-Airdream reveal at the Paris Motor Show

C-Airdream is the Marque's new concept car. Presented at the Paris Motor Show, this 2+2 coupé is an opportunity for Citroën to further develop its style.

03 June 2003

Citroën C2 sport concept car reveal

Citroën C2 sport concept car reveal

At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën presents C2 Citroën Sport, a concept developed jointly by the concept car department and Citroën Sport.

09 August 2003

Citroën C2 Airlounge concept car reveal

Citroën C2 Airlounge concept car reveal

Citroën confirms its plans at the Frankfurt Motor Show by presenting the C2, a compact three-door hatchback that can carry four people. Another star of the show was the C-Airlounge, a concept car that once more showed the brand's creativity.

11 August 2003

Citroën is World Rally Champion

Citroën is World Rally Champion

With 13 podium places, Citroën takes the 2003 Word Rally Championship. Sébastien Loeb is second in the Drivers' Championship.

2004

Citroën Xsara Picasso logo

Citroën Xsara Picasso logo

The one millionth Xsara Picasso rolls off the line.

25 September 2004

Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën presents: the C4 hatchback and coupé, the new C5 and C5 estate, and the C3 Stop & Start, an innovation designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

17 October 2004

Sébastien Loeb is World Rally Champion

Citroën clinches its second world title at the Corsica Rally, without waiting for the end of the season. Sebastien Loeb, runner-up in the event, takes his first WRC title in the Drivers' category.

28 February 2005

Citroën C1 production launch

Citroën C1 production launch

Production starts on the new Citroën C1, a compact car with attractive, fun styling, available in three-door and five-door versions.

January 2005

Citroën C6 reveal at the Geneva Motor Show

Citroën C6 reveal at the Geneva Motor Show

At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën presents the C6, its new flagship saloon, scheduled for launch in early 2006.

January 2005

Citroën C Sport Lounge reveal at the Geneva Motor Show

Citroën C Sport Lounge reveal at the Geneva Motor Show

World preview for the concept car C-Sportlounge at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

10 August 2005

Citroën DS is 50 years old

Citroën DS is 50 years old

The Citroën DS celebrates its 50th anniversary. 1,600 DS vehicles parade through the streets of Paris to mark the event.

18 February 2006

Citroën C-Triomphe concept car

Citroën creates C-Triomphe, a concept car exclusively for China.

30 September 2006

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso market launch

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso market launch

Citroën launches the Grand C4 Picasso, positioned above the Xsara Picasso in the range.

January 2007

Citroën C-Crosser reveal

Citroën C-Crosser reveal

At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën presents the C-Crosser, scheduled for launch in July of the same year. The company's first SUV, the C-Crosser is able to carry 5+2 people over any type of terrain with its generous interior space and all-wheel drive.

27 September 2007

Citroën C_42 opening

Citroën C_42 opening

The company completes work on its international showcase at 42 avenue des Champs-Elysées. C_42 opens its doors. In the space of six months, this emblematic address welcomes one million visitors.

18 October 2007

Citroën C5 Airscape

Citroën C5 Airscape

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Citroën presents the concept car C5 Airscape, a large cabriolet heralding the forthcoming arrival of the new Citroën C5.

15 January 2008

New Citroën C5 reveal

New Citroën C5 reveal

At the Brussels Motor Show, the brand unveils the new Citroën C5. The designers started from scratch to rethink this new-generation vehicle.

07 August 2008

Citroën C3 Picasso market launch

Citroën C3 Picasso market launch

The Picasso family gains a smaller sibling, the Citroën C3 Picasso. This innovative concept stands apart for its bold styling, innovative architecture and ingenious design.

09 October 2008

Citroën Némo Combi market launch

Citroën Némo Combi market launch

The Citroën Némo Combi joins the company's leisure vehicle range alongside the Berlingo Multispace. Key features include its dimensions: compact on the outside (3.96m long) and spacious on the inside. 

January 2008

Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

Innovation, ecology and creativity are the keywords on the Citroën at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The brand displays a line-up of 34 vehicles minimum, including 11 new models and eight concept cars. Key vehicles include the GTbyCitroën, 2CV Hermes, C-Cactus and Hypnos concepts, as well as the Citroën C3 Pluriel Charleston, a nod to history.

02 May 2009

New Citroën identity

In a nod to history, Citroën reinvents itself on 5 February, the birthdate of its founder. New visual identity, new customer relations and a new product line. At the age of 90, Citroën begins a new page in its history.

03 November 2009

Citroën DS Inside at the Geneva Motor Show

Citroën DS Inside at the Geneva Motor Show

At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën tests the "secret box", a showcase for its new concept car: DS Inside.

20 April 2009

Citroën C Quatre sedan at the Shangai Motor Show

Citroën C Quatre sedan at the Shangai Motor Show

Citroën expands its range in China, presenting two new vehicles at the Shanghai International Motor Show: the C-Quatre sedan, a world preview, and the new C5 to be built at Wuhan.

09 June 2009

Citroën C-Métisse concept car

Citroën C-Métisse concept car

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën displays a new concept-car inspired by passion and reason. With C-Métisse, the brand sets out to explore new options in driving pleasure.

January 2009

New Citroën C3 reveal

New Citroën C3 reveal

The first motor show for the new Citroën C3 in Frankfurt. An ambitious target: to sell more than two million cars.

February 2009

Citroën Revolt Concept Car

Citroën Revolt Concept Car

Révolte. Citroën chooses an evocative name for its latest concept car, to demonstrate its bold, progressive credentials. This compact, urban, ultra-chic car combines luxury with a touch of fun.

2010

14 January 2010

Citroën C-Zéro reveal at the Brussels Motor Show

Citroën C-Zéro reveal at the Brussels Motor Show

At the 88th Brussels Motor Show, Citroën presents the Citroën C-Zéro. With this new model, the brand expands its line in the compact vehicle segment, with an all-electric car designed for city driving.

18 January 2010

Citroën DS3 reveal

Citroën DS3 reveal

Almost one year after the presentation of DS Inside (Geneva 2009), Citroën reveals the DS3, launching the new DS line announced a year earlier. This new line of distinctive vehicles, with more radical design choices, expands the main range.  

03 February 2010

Citroën Survolt reveal at the Geneva Motor Show

Citroën Survolt reveal at the Geneva Motor Show

Transgressive and exciting with a touch of glamour… Citroën presents Survolt at the Geneva Motor Show. The aim is to explore distinctive, offbeat electric vehicles, continuing an approach that began with the concept car Révolte a few months earlier.

18 April 2010

Métropolis

In the run-up to the Shanghai Motor Show, Citroën presents Métropolis, the first concept car designed by the brand's styling centre set up in 2008 in Shanghai. This concept was later displayed at the Beijing Motor Show and then, in October, in the French pavilion at the Shanghai Universal Exposition.

23 August 2010

Citroën DS3 Racing

Citroën DS3 Racing

The engineers of Citroën Racing add a new level of performance to the Sport Chic version of the DS3. The engine, steering and running gear are revised to create the DS3 Racing.

15 September 2010

The new Citroën C4

The new Citroën C4

Just like the new Citroën C5 in 2008 and C3 in 2009, the new Citroën C4 showcases the company's expertise in innovation and advanced technology.

30 September 2010

Citroën Lacoste reveal at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën Lacoste reveal at the Paris Motor Show

At the Paris Motor Show, with the Citroën Lacoste concept car, Citroën sets out its vision of the vehicle of the future. Its new vision turns away from the ethos of 'always more' to take a more relaxed approach to life.

03 January 2011

Citroën DS4 launch

Citroën DS4 launch

The launch of the Citroën DS4. This second vehicle in the DS line is a raised four-door coupé that combines performance and versatility for a new driving sensation.

03 January 2011

Citroën Multicity launch

With Multicity, Citroën becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to launch a service encompassing all means of transport, making it easier to get around: www.multicity.citroen.fr

18 April 2011

Citroën DS5 reveal in Shangai

Citroën DS5 reveal in Shangai

Following the Citroën DS3 and DS4, the brand unveils the DS5 in Shanghai. Bold and sculptural, the Citroën DS5 is a perfect fit with the DS line with its radical choices in architecture, styling and sophistication.

27 July 2011

19th world meeting of Citroën 2CV friends

19th world meeting of Citroën 2CV friends

The 19th world meeting of Citroën 2CV friends, marking the anniversary date of the end of 2CV production. More than 20,000 enthusiasts attend, alongside 7,000 of these legendary cars and their spin-offs (Ami 6 and 8, Dyane, Méhari etc).

January 2011

Citroën Tubik reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Citroën Tubik reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The 64th Frankfurt Motor Show. With the Tubik concept car, a futuristic version of the Type H, Citroën sets out its vision of mobility for the future: a time when the journey will be as important as the destination. The challenge met by Tubik is to carry nine people in a vehicle that's as comfortable and stylish as a modern-day saloon.

24 October 2011

One million  Facebook fans worldwide

One million Facebook fans worldwide

With almost 70 Facebook pages, Citroën has more than one million fans worldwide.

02 November 2012

Round-the-world tour in a Citroën C-Zéro

Round-the-world tour in a Citroën C-Zéro

Eighty years after the arrival of the Croisière Jaune, twoyoung engineers,Xavier and Antonin, set out on the first round-the-world tour in an electric car with the Citroën C-Zéro. Eight months, 25,000 kilometres, and 17 countries for just €250 of electricity! 

04 January 2012

Citroën C4 Aircross

Citroën C4 Aircross

Citroën expands its range with the C4 Aircross. In a fast-expanding segment, this new model reviews conventional SUV design, combining design with technological innovation.

January 2012

Citroën C-Elysée

Citroën C-Elysée

Citroën steps up the pace of its global development with two vehicles launched in quick succession: the Citroën C4 Sedan and C-Elysée. These two three-box saloons are aimed primarily at fast-growing international markets like the Mediterranean Basin, China and Russia.

January 2012

Citroën DS3 Cabrio reveal at the Paris Motor Show

Citroën DS3 Cabrio reveal at the Paris Motor Show

At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën starts taking orders for the new DS3 Cabrio. An open-top version of the Citroën DS3, it combines all the qualities of the original (styling, driving sensations and space) with the delights of open-air driving. The top can be opened at speeds of up to 120kph.

10 July 2012

Sébastien Loeb & Daniel Elena celebrating their success in the WRC

Sébastien Loeb & Daniel Elena celebrating their success in the WRC

Ten years after their first WRC win, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena shatter the standing records in motorsports when they clinch their ninth WRC title in Alsace, France. At the same time, Citroën claims its eighth world title in the Manufacturers' championship.

13 April 2013

Citroën Numéro 9

Numéro 9, the latest creation by the brand. A new take on the DS line, this concept car revisits a prestigious historic body style: the shooting brake.

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