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Citroen began operations in 1919 as a French automobile manufacturer. The company was started by Andre Citroen and today the headquarters of the company is located in Paris France. Citroen right from the beginning in 1934 established its reputation as being an innovative company bringing new designs to the marketplace. In 1934 Citroen shocked the world with the first mass-market car that utilised front wheel drive and continue to deliver from 1934 until 1956. Another unique addition to the auto industry was the uni-body design created by Citroen and later adopted by Volkswagen and nearly every other manufacture. In fact the uni-body design has been adopted around the world as a means of reducing the overall weight of cars and improving the efficiency of gas and petrol savings.
Increasing debt caused by the Depression and the Company’s inability to decrease their prices and an increased profits pushed the company into foreclosure in 1934. At that time Michelin was its biggest creditor and took over the company. From 1934 until 1965 Citroen introduced many new concepts into the auto industry. These included Hydro pneumatic suspension, power steering, power brakes, directional headlights, semiautomatic transmission and many more advantages that were introduced during that time. In 1965 Citroen, purchased a French carmaker Panhard and in 1967 they also took control of Maserati an Italian sports carmaker, however the 1973 energy crisis caused huge losses for the company causing many changes and reductions in models.
Since 1993, Citroen has expanded into many foreign markets and introduced many new models of cars and vans and for the first time in history in 2005 they plan to reach a total worldwide production of one million cars. Citroen Vans having been produced by the company over the years include a number of models such as the Citroen G Vans built in 1948 which was a small truck that looked like a scaled-down version of the H Van. It had a 375 CC engine however was never put into production and only one model of the G Van has survived till today. The Citroen H Vans were a light truck produced by the company between 1947 and 1981. This van was developed after the second world war and 473,000 were produced in 34 years.
Citroen Vans were produced in many shapes and sizes over the years. For example the Berlingo van was produced with various engine sizes and body chassis from 1996 through to present time. There is also the champ D600 Van that started production in 2001 and continues to this day. The Citroen Berlingo van was actually a small minivan produced since 1996. It is currently still in production and sells very well in several European countries due to its practicality as well as low price. There is also a battery-powered version of this van available and the company continues to develop new Citroen Vans for delivery to the European marketplace.