Interesting facts about Citroen

No other feeling is more closely associated with Citroen than comfort. The fact that comfort and Citroen have become synonymous is probably due to the fact that the entire brand is built on the comfort of the driver and passengers.

The history of the creation of this brand of car is very interesting. From 1912, before André Citroën could fulfill his dream of owning his own brand of car, he made money from gear.

Its patented angular gearing provides a smoother, quieter and more efficient ride. This convenience and ride inspired the industry and eventually brought in the seed money to find Citroen. The double angle in the brand logo reminds us of this to this day.

The fact that the blue double corner was circled in yellow in the first Citroen logo is a striking reference to the family name: André Citroen’s great-great-grandfather was a citrus seller in Holland and adopted the nickname «lemon man» given to him by customers. A few generations later, this became «Citroen» (Dutch for «lemon»). Loyal Citroen fans are of course familiar with the story, and to this day they affectionately call their car «Lemon».

By the way, on the original, the brand of the car is written as Citroën. The dots above the «e» go directly to Andre Citroen, when a gifted student was enrolled in the elite Condorcet Lyceum, the French pronunciation of his name had to be clarified.

Now in the French Alps there is even a special CitroMuseum, which has many rare models of Citroen cars. This museum is relatively modest.

The cars are neatly lined up, tied with ropes and complete with memorabilia such as dealer signs, emblems and historical documents. It was all created in honor of Citroen. There is not a single car in CitroMuseum that does not have the Citroen double chevron emblem.

There are many interesting models of this brand. The M35, for example, is one of Citroen’s most unusual production models, and it wasn’t meant to boost sales. It was a very experimental car, produced in limited numbers and put into the hands of carefully selected customers to collect feedback and real data on the technology hidden under its sheet metal.

Citroen wasn’t just designing, building, and destroying the M35 for the sake of making something as custom as possible. In the early 1970s, the company stubbornly believed that the Wankel engine would be used in expensive car variants such as the GS and CX. That’s why the V-6 SM didn’t fit in the CX’s engine bay; run-of-the-mill examples were planned with a four-cylinder engine, while more expensive variants were assumed with compact two- and three-rotor rotary engines.

Citroën then began its journey into Wankel’s luxury car with a more luxurious version of the GS called the Birotor. It was powered by a 107 hp twin-rotor engine, an evolution of the M35 single-rotor engine, which turned the front wheels through a three-speed semi-automatic transmission.

It sounds like an odd choice, and it is, but insiders later explained that the engineers couldn’t make the Wankel and manual combination good enough to launch the car at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show. The hydropneumatic suspension from the standard GS remained, but the front disc brakes were installed directly behind the wheels, and not inside.

Citroen could not contain Wankel’s insatiable appetite for gasoline. Consequently, the Birotor became almost unsellable when fuel became an expensive and scarce commodity. The few motorists who could afford to drive one daily failed to exploit its full potential because the French government imposed strictly enforced speed limits on the country’s growing motorway network. Production of the Birotor ceased in 1975, after Citroen produced about 847 examples.

Some of the most collectible classic cars belong to the Citroen family. The 2CV, DS and HY van are sought after by collectors around the world. But modern cars of this brand deserve the most attention because they are much more advanced than their predecessors.