Discover Citroën's rich history stretching from 1919 to today, by looking through our timeline.
Creativity. Technology. Boldness. In 1919, André Citroën set out on an adventure with his eponymous brand…
The Type A, Citroën's first vehicle, was launched with an original advert.
A classic car with a 1,323cmᶟ four-cylinder engine and top speed of 65kph, the Type A is now on sale.
In just one year on the market, Citroën sells 10,000 vehicles.
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.
Citroën presents the second model in its range: the B2 - a more powerful and advanced version of the Type A.
Paris Motor Show: world preview of the Citroën 5HP. A new compact brand vehicle, based on the Type A.
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!
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.
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.
Citroën presents the B10, the first car with an all-steel body, replacing the combined wood and metal bodywork.
During 1924, Citroën makes 50000 vehicles.
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.
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.
Citroën publishes its first repair dictionary with a catalogue of replacement parts for dealers.
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.
In 1926, almost one-third of vehicles on the road in France are made by Citroën.
The Citroën company now has 31,000 workers. Production is setting a European record, with 400 vehicles a day.
Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly across the Atlantic, visits the Citroën plant.
Citroën presents two new models: the C4 and the C6, at the Paris Motor Show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Montlhéry speed ring. 300,000km. 134 days. An average speed of 58mph. The new world record, set by Petite Rosalie (8CV).
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.
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.
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.
Following a serious illness, André Citroën dies. Pierre Boulanger becomes CEO.
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'.
Citroën presents the 11 MI diesel at the Paris Motor Show - a world first for a passenger car.
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.
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.
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.
The French vehicle testing service approves the 2CV, which is now ready to make its market debut.
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.
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.
Mid-war, yearly production falls from 100,000 vehicles to around 9,000.
The Javel factory is bombed for the second time, seriously damaging production facilities.
Citroën takes a determined approach. The first truck leaves the Javel factory one year after the bombing.
The Javel factory is rebuilt. Citroën is keen to meet growing demand. Production rises to 13.4% of pre-war levels.
Vans account for half of the vehicles built by Citroën.
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.
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.
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.
At the Paris Motor Show, Citroën presents the Type HZ, a compact van with a payload of 850kg and top speed of 88kph.
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.
Born on 10 March 1885, Pierre Boulanger, Chairman of Citroën, dies.
The Citroën 15 CV becomes the official car of the French government.
Citroën starts production of the 2CV van. It produced 1.2 million 2CVs by March 1978.
To meet customer requirements, Citroën fits its Traction Avant vehicles with a rear boot extension that doubles loading space.
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.
The 15-Six gains constant-height hydropneumatic suspension at the back - a technological breakthrough developed by Citroën's design office.
Citroën ends production of the15-Six after 23 years on the market.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Citroën ends production of the Traction Avant, after more than 750,000 were built.
As a tribute to the company's founder, the Quai de Javel is officially named Quai André Citroën.
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.
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.
Citroën opens the legendary Marbeuf garage, an architectural masterpiece that paves the way for other brand showcases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Citroën sets up a motorsports department led by René Cotton.
He was a key Citroën designer and the man behind the legendary DS 19 and Ami 6.
Citroën presents the DS 19 Pallas, an even more sophisticated car with particular emphasis on interior trim and finish.
Paris Motor Show: Citroën presents the estate version of the Ami 6 and offers optional seat belts on all its vehicles.
The 2CV gains new front-hinged doors.
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.
Driven by Pauli Toivonen, the DS wins its last Monte-Carlo Rally.
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.
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.
The Dyane 6 makes its debut. It features the more powerful engine of the Ami (602cmᶟ, 110kph and 6.1 litres per 100 km).
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.
The Ami 8 replaces the Ami 6, with redesigned, simpler and more elegant bodywork.
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).
The one millionth DS rolls off the production line: a DS 21 with gold bodywork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The GS is named "Car of the Year".
First motorsports event, and first win: the Citroën SM at the Morocco Rally.
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).
Ami Super = body of the Ami and four-cylinder engine of the GS.
Michelin and the Peugeot group decide to merge Automobiles Citroën and Automobiles Peugeot to create a group of international reach.
Launch of the C35, an LCV with a payload of 1,885kg built with Fiat.
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.
The CX picks up several awards: "Car of the Year", "Safety Prize" and "Award Style Auto".
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.
Citroën presents the CX estate.
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.
The CX 2400 takes the first five places in the Tour Automobile du Sénégal.
Citroën presents the Dyane Caban special series, which is limited to 1,500 vehicles.
The CX 2400 Gti: electronic injection, 2,347cm3 engine developing 128 bhp, 189kph and 8.1 litres per 100km.
Arrival of the CX Prestige, featuring a longer wheelbase (+25cm).
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.
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.
Citroën launches the Méhari 4x4, featuring a seven-speed gearbox (four normal and three transfer), plus a reverse gear with a reducer .
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.
The Visa II, featuring redesigned bodywork and a more fuel-efficient engine, replaces the Visa.
Citroën launches a new LCV, the C25, shared with Peugeot and Fiat.
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.
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.
Launch of the Visa convertible: the hood with its flexible rear window can be folded back in full or just at the front.
From this date, all Citroën vehicles are fitted as standard with a laminated windscreen.
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.
Citroën launches the BX 19 GT, featuring an onboard computer and engine of 1,905cm3 (185kph)
The C15 E (petrol and C15 D (diesel) are two compact LCVs, based on the Visa and with a payload of 570kg.
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.
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.
A new look. The old blue and yellow logo is gradually replaced by a new logo in red and white.
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.
From this date, all Citroën vehicles come with a five-year anti-corrosion warranty.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The AX Sport Turbo claims seven podium places in ten events in the French Superproduction Championship.
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.
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.
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.
The Xm is named "Car of the Year", picking up 14 international awards.
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.
A ZX Rallye raid driven by Ari Vatanen wins the 13th Paris-Tripoli-Dakar rally (9,186km).
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.
Citela, an electric prototype by Citroën, is one of the main attractions in the French pavilion at the Universal Exposition of Seville.
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.
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).
The two millionth AX rolls off the line at the Aulnay-sous-bois site.
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.
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.
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.
The one millionth ZX rolls off the line at the Aulnay final assembly plant.
At the Transport Show, Citroën presents Jumpy (Dispatch), a compact, functional and versatile van with a payload of 815kg and useful volume of 4m3.
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.
The new Citroën Saxo is presented to the press.
In eight months, the Aulnay final assembly plant produces 100,000 Saxo vehicles.
The Saxo Cup replaces the AX Cup.
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.
The first appearance of the Berlingo Multispace, which is both functional and comfortable. It's scheduled for launch in early 1997.
An international public relations operation for young people from around Europe aged between 18 and 35: the Citroën Berlingo Paris-Samarkand-Moscow rally.
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.
At the Retromobile show, Citroën displays three unique pre-war 2CV models from a series corresponding to the vehicle approved in 1939.
The 500,000th Saxo rolls off the assembly line, with sculptor César as its sponsor.
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.
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.
The one millionth Xantia is built at the Rennes-la-Janais site and the one millionth Saxo at the Aulnay site.
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.
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.
The Citroën C3 Pluriel is presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young drivers Loeb and Elena clinch their first WRC victory on the asphalt in Germany.
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.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën presents C2 Citroën Sport, a concept developed jointly by the concept car department and Citroën Sport.
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.
With 13 podium places, Citroën takes the 2003 Word Rally Championship. Sébastien Loeb is second in the Drivers' Championship.
The one millionth Xsara Picasso rolls off the line.
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.
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.
Production starts on the new Citroën C1, a compact car with attractive, fun styling, available in three-door and five-door versions.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën presents the C6, its new flagship saloon, scheduled for launch in early 2006.
World preview for the concept car C-Sportlounge at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Citroën DS celebrates its 50th anniversary. 1,600 DS vehicles parade through the streets of Paris to mark the event.
Citroën creates C-Triomphe, a concept car exclusively for China.
Citroën launches the Grand C4 Picasso, positioned above the Xsara Picasso in the range.
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.
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.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Citroën presents the concept car C5 Airscape, a large cabriolet heralding the forthcoming arrival of the new Citroën C5.
At the Brussels Motor Show, the brand unveils the new Citroën C5. The designers started from scratch to rethink this new-generation vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën tests the "secret box", a showcase for its new concept car: DS Inside.
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.
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.
The first motor show for the new Citroën C3 in Frankfurt. An ambitious target: to sell more than two million cars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
With almost 70 Facebook pages, Citroën has more than one million fans worldwide.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show has seen the unveiling of New Citroën C1. A city car with attractive styling and useful technologies, New Citroën C1 delivers an upbeat response to urban mobility requirements.
New C4 Cactus has made its first UK appearance at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Visually striking, it stands out from the crowd with its concept car looks, crossover styling cues and customisable options, including a range of colours for the all-new Airbump® panels.
Two weeks after winning the Manufacturers’ World Championship, Citroën added the Drivers’ title to its trophy cabinet thanks to José María López. He was the first Argentinian to win a motorsport World Championship since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1957.
Citroën has unveiled the new Aircross concept car at the Shanghai Motor Show 2015: a surprising, creative and bold new concept car. The Citroën Aircross offers new design codes whilst respecting the essential characteristics of an SUV.
PSA Peugeot Citroën received an ‘International Engine of the Year’ award for its 3-cylinder Turbo PureTech engine. The engine was named best in the 1.0-litre to 1.4-litre category.
Citroën retained its FIA WTCC title after taking pole position and winning both races in Shanghai. Yvan Muller produced a magnificent comeback to emerge victorious in race two, with Pechito López joining him on the podium.
Unveiled at the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, Citroën Dispatch has advanced technologies such as Grip Control, Citroën Connect Nav and Blind-Spot Monitoring to make driving easier, safer and make this vehicle stand out in its segment.
Citroën Advanced Comfort® was revealed in May 2016. New technology and an intelligent design deliver unrivalled comfort levels to each passenger with four core themes creating the perfect driving environment: soft contact points & noise levels, interior space & versatility, intuitive & useful technology and pure, calm comfort all round.
Citroën unveiled a fresh, bold and colourful New C3. It has a trendy, stand out design and many unique features such as the Airbump® panels, Citroën Advanced Comfort® and ConnectedCAM Citroën™ to deliver new levels of unrivalled comfort and personality to the sector.
Citroen unveiled their new dynamic concept car CXPERIENCE at the Paris Motor Show. This new concept illustrated the benefits of the brands Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme along with its striking and bold design.
Late August saw the launch of New Citroën SpaceTourer. A vehicle which has cutting edge technology that ensures a dynamic performance. Remarkable fuel efficiency combined with outstanding comfort makes this the perfect vehicle to transport large groups of people.
For the third year running Citroën WTCC team were championship winners again. The team which features the championship winner José María López and 2014 & 2015 runner up Yvan Muller retained their title on the Shanghai circuit.
Citroën Racing is getting ready for its big comeback in the FIA World Rally championship with New C3 WRC concept car. The car which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show will look to claim the WRC championship for the 9th time in the brands history.
Citroën was voted ‘Best Family Car Brand’ in the 2017 Mumii Family Awards. Families across the UK voted for Citroën as the overall Gold winner thanks to our extensive range of ‘feel-good’ family cars. Models like the multi-award winning Grand C4 Picasso were acknowledged for their market-leading comfort and practicality.
One month before the 2017, FIA World Rally Championship was underway; Citroën Racing officially unveiled its C3 WRC in Abu Dhabi. With immediately striking looks and a muscular shape, this unique rally car sparked hopes for WRC championship titles in years to come.
Exactly one month ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, Citroën revealed C-Aircross Concept. This new concept reflects a new step for the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, with a light and airy cabin, and technologies that makes driving easier such as the head up vision that displays key driving information within the driver’s field of vision.
Citroën unveiled SpaceTourer 4X4 Ë at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This concept features a unique drive train, enhanced body protection and new external graphics. This stylish, practical concept embodies the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.
Citroën unveiled a redefining concept of modern comfort with the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®. This new suspension system filters out bumps and dips in the road to meet the modern comfort requirements of: light, connectivity, ergonomic design and a smooth, comfortable drive. This new suspension system fits perfectly in line with the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.
Citroën made a major step forward in the SUV market with the reveal of C5 Aircross at Shanghai Motor Show. This new model is a ‘people-minded’ SUV combining an assertive design with an interior dedicated to well-being for all passengers. This SUV comes with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®; a new suspension system which, filters out the bumps and dips in the road, to increase ride comfort for all passengers.
Following the premiere of New C5 Aircross in April 2017, Citroën stepped up its international SUV offensive with the reveal of New C3 Aircross, a compact SUV with a fresh and assertive personality. Featuring segment leading boot space, 12 driving aids and Grip Control with Hill Descent Assist this SUV offers drivers and passengers’ unrivalled travelling comfort.
Having initially revealed its “Citroën Inspired by You” brand campaign at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Citroën made "INSPIRED BY YOU"* its new brand signature in September 2017. This new claim is the ultimate expression of the brand’s new dynamic positioning and follows on from “CRÉATIVE TECHNOLOGIE”, which was introduced in 2009.
Citroën has unveiled New C4 Cactus, its new compact hatchback. The car’s styling is as bold and modern as ever. Influenced by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C4 Cactus Hatch is the first model in Europe to feature the brand’s new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® and is the first vehicle in the world to boast Advanced Comfort seats.
In February 2018, Citroën unveiled New Berlingo. Reinforcing the fresh spirit and practicality behind the success of the iconic model from 1996, New Citroën Berlingo has a bold style, outstanding modularity and is equipped with 19 driving assistance aids as well as 4 connectivity technologies.
For the 4th year in a row, the Turbo PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engine (110 hp and 130 hp) was named International Engine of the Year in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category. Praised for its improved performance, fuel consumption and efficiency this petrol engine is available on a range of models including C3, C3 Aircross, New C4 Cactus Hatch and New Berlingo.
During June 2018, Citroën unveiled New Citroën Berlingo Van, a true generational leap in terms of styling and equipment. Robust and fully consistent with the Brand’s identity, it gains new features for extra comfort and modularity. New Berlingo van comes with 20 driver assistance systems including an Overload Indicator and a Surround Rear Vision system, which are both firsts in the LCV segment.
In July 2018, Citroën presented SEETROËN, the first glasses to eliminate motion sickness. They contain a coloured liquid that recreates the horizon line to resolve conflict between the senses.
In preparation for the Paris Motor Show 2018, Citroën highlighted the brands first stages of their energy transition offensive with New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept. This concept is Citroën's first PHEV model as part of the brand’s core model strategy and is scheduled for launch in 2020.