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Citroën - History 5


The boom goes on, the production reaches almost the level of the previous year. C4 and C6, Four- and six-cylinders are presented as a bulwark against the almost overwhelming American competition.


The entire French car industry has a five times higher production than in the postwar year. Citroën similar Renault comes to 102,891 units, but has a higher export rate. The number of employees has increased eightfold, the company size more than quadrupled in the time, divided into factories with meaningful parts production.

There is a new one-year warranty for new cars.


The first effects of the global economic crisis will be felt. They will hit Europe with some delay. Result: decline in production to approximately 78,000 units.


Second year of decline in production to about 72,000, but not yet reached the trough of the recession. The voyage to Beijing is perhaps even more a European memory than the Africa crossings. Here, the vehicles have in some cases even be dismantled and hauled over difficult passages with coolies. The exertions are so large that Citroen loses important employees.

André Citroën acquires license for soft engine mounting.


The lowest point? The number of units produced has more than halved to 48,000 since 1929. To economic crisis is also the devalued dollar, the increased again the U.S. export pressure.

C4 and C6 will receive the flexible engine mounting for the first time.


Apparent stabilization of the situation with well produced 71,000 vehicles. Only the (grenade) factory on the Quai de Javel with Seine port and rail connections and the existing gear and Mors factory belong initially to the manufacturing process. However, since early starting with the outsourcing in the suburbs, dealing now only the Quai de Javel with final assembly and delivery. The smaller model of the Rosalie creates 300,000 km with an average speed of 93 km/h.


In time of need will be developed the new Traction Avant as front-wheel drive with self-supporting all-steel body also together withGowen Budd's patents. He turns out to be expensive and also difficult to manufacture in the context with a new factory. The production is only 56,000 pieces.

Citroën before bankruptcy, the main creditor, the tyre manufacturer (Pierre) Michelin takes over.


André Citroën dies of stomach cancer, his life long energetic, but also willing to take risks and a passionate player. Productionreaches with just over 30,000 units a low point.

The Traction Avant is both saviour and crisis amplifier. The factory is taken over by Michelin. After a changeul history, the company is today together with Peugeot part of the PSA group.

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