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Citroen History

Citroen_historyCitroen is a french car manufacturer, founded in 1919 by Andre Citroen. It was the world’s first mass production of cars outside the USA. Since 1976, the company became a part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen group.

Originally a manufacturer of cars with simple design, Citroen shocked the world with the innovative Traction Avant (1934-1956) – one of the first front-wheel drive mass production autos. Other iconic models: H Van (1947-1981), 2CV (1948-1990), DS (1955-1975) and CX (1974-1991).

In 1974 Peugeot SA bought 38.2% of Citroen shares and in 1976 icreased this part up to 89.95%. The PSA Group was established after that(PSA – Peugeot Societe Anonyme), which later was renamed to PSA Peugeot Citroen.

PSA Peugeot Citroen produces cars under the brands of “Peugeot” and “Citroen”. However, these brands are independent entities on the auto market and have different retailers. But development and production of cars are implemented by the same company departments.

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