In 1919, André Citroën founded the Citroën brand with the determination to use innovative, forward-thinking technology to make Citroën vehicles and the brand stand out in the automobile industry. Today, we still use his innovative technology philosophy to pave the way for new ideas and inventions. The current Citroën range wouldn’t include the innovate vehicles available today, without a touch of inspiration from the past. Take a trip down memory lane with us, as we look back at some of our favourite Citroëns and how they have become so familiar.
Nicknamed "Queen of the road" the Traction Avant not only looks stunning but was a step forward in technological innovation in the car industry. With smooth lines and bold curves the Traction Avant glided across roads and was the first mass produced vehicle to feature a front wheel drive engine and four-wheel independent suspension.
In the 1960s and 70s if you wanted to go on an adventure, drive on country roads, or make a real statement in the city, the Citroën Méhari was car for you.
This off-road compact SUV featured a canvas roof, simplistic army styling and bold, bright colours making the Méhari one of the most recognisable cars for many years.
The 1970s were the decade of punk, flares and wild hair. It was also the decade that the Citroën SM came into production, and became one of the most iconic cars. The SM’s long front, and rectangular design is an embodiment of the era, with many different celebrities choosing to buy one.
It wasn’t just the design that made the SM so popular, though. At the time of creation, its braking, handling and coveted Citroën comfort was unlike anything available on the market. The SM was a front-wheel drive vehicle, but because of the impressive tech used in the car, it was still powerful.