Citroën is a leading French manufacturer founded in 1919. Citroën has earned a reputation for innovative engineering and revolutionizing technologies, thus their slogan "Créative Technologie". It’s founder, André-Gustave Citroën was a renowned industrialist. The origin of the logo can be traced back to a chevron-shaped gear André discovered during his trip to Poland. He patented its application. The two gears represent the intermeshing contact.
The firm made its mark in the industry by designing and manufacturing the first mass-produced front-wheel drive automobile in 1934, the ‘Traction Avant’. This was also the model where the first ever unitary body type made its way into the market with no chassis holding the mechanical parts. Another milestone was achieved in 1954 when they developed the first hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension. Having engineered several other advanced technologies of that time, these cars have received various national and international awards including three European car of the year. The firm began using a wind tunnel in the 1950s, enabling them to create highly streamlined cars, such as the DS, that were years ahead of their time, and so good were the aerodynamics of the CX model, that it took its name cx from the mathematical term used to measure the drag coefficient.
The company also has a triumphant history in the motorsport world, being the only automobile manufacturer who have won three different official championships from the International Automobile Federation: the World Rally Raid Championship five times, the World Rally Championship eight times and the World Touring Car Championship.
Citroën became part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group since 1976. They also moved to the Chinese market in 1984 through the Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën business venture.