100 years of Citroën
We celebrate 100 years of Citroën, looking back at how the brand pushed boundaries across the industry
Hence the theme of ‘100 years of comfort’ for a gathering of historic models to be driven and sampled by journalists attending the centenary celebrations. And how ideas developed a century ago are still relevant to this day. There are simply too many cars in Citroën’s back catalogue to drive them all in one morning. But an opportunity to spend some time with its more iconic models is a chance to see how themes we’re now familiar with were first expressed.
You don’t need to understand the engineering to appreciate the benefits either. Front-wheel drive is safer and more predictable and improves cabin space. In the Traction Avant, Citroën took full advantage of this and the modern construction to create a lower and more spacious cabin – better for ride comfort and practicality and meaning long-wheelbase versions could even seat eight. Just like the people carriers it built decades later.
That swagger and confidence seen in earlier Citroëns is now very much back in evidence and adapted to modern tastes, from the functional appeal of hatchbacks like the C1 and C3 through to the C4 Cactus crossover and SUV-inspired models like the C5 Aircross. The C4 Spacetourer meanwhile interprets the practicality, comfort and style of the Traction Avant, DS and the cars that followed into a more modern template.
So happy birthday to Citroën – 100 years of doing things its own way has created an incredible legacy, not to mention some fabulous cars.