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CitroŽn’s 90th anniversary celebrations

CitroŽn’s British 90th anniversary celebration was held on 3rd October 2009 at the Ace Cafť, London NW10 7UD.

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The following is a press release from CitroŽn:

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90 years of technological innovation and automotive creation

The CITROňN brand, founded in 1919, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. CITROňN has a strong culture nourished by the unwavering desire to understand, surprise and satisfy its customers.

90 years of innovation

Yesterday with the Traction, the first front-wheel drive car, today with Stop & Start technology, and tomorrow with hybrid diesels, CITROňN’S vision is “Crťative Technologie”.

Most of all, this means going beyond simple technical and scientific exploits to find the right choices, choices that are useful and surprising, in the form of new cars and new services that illustrate the Crťative Technology tagline.

90 years of communication

CITROňN has a no-limits, non-conformist and bold approach to communication. From the Eiffel Tower to the Internet, it uses all media to promote its brand and vehicles.

CITROňN’S expression is as strong now as it was at the beginning.

This singular happening will be followed by a range of interactive events illustrating the promise of “Crťative Technology” for all.

CITROňN has always designed with the future in mind

The Type A was Europe’s first mass-production car, launched in 1919. The Traction Avant wrote the rules on the modern automobile 75 years ago. The 2CV made motoring freedom accessible to all. The DS embodied the power of progress. The Marque has come up with the goods for its anniversary year, releasing the C3 Picasso ‘spacebox’ in the first quarter and the new C3 ‘visiodrive’ at the end of the year.

90 years of creative vehicles

CITROňN is the most collected car brand in the world. Producing the most emblematic vehicles of their times – including the Type A, Traction Avant, 2CV and DS, along with the more recent Berlingo, C4 Picasso and new C3 – CITROňN has always had a modern and creative approach approach to mobility.

90 years of conquest

CITROňN has entered the motor sport history books with four Manufacturers’ titles and five Drivers’ titles for Sťbastien Loeb and Daniel Elena in the World Rally Championship. This rich history – from rally raids to the croisiŤres – proves all of the brand's technology mastery and competitive hunger.

CITROňN intends to share its anniversary

Throughout September, kids, grown-ups, customers and collectors got to test their creativity on the www.90.citroen.com website and maybe win a night at 42 Champs Elysťes.

1919: Birth of the CitroŽn brand

1919: Launch of the Type A, Europe’s first mass-produced vehicle

1920: Creation of first company crťche

1922-1923: First Sahara crossing in A2 half-track vehicles

1923: Launch of CitroŽn toys (miniature cars, models, etc.)

1924-1925: CroisiŤre Noire (30,000 km across Africa)

1924: Launch of the first mass-produced all-steel car, the B10

1925: “CitroŽn” lights up the Eiffel Tower – for 10 years

1928: Launch of the C4 and C6

1927: Charles Lindbergh visits the Javel factory

1931-1932: CroisiŤre Jaune (12,000 km across Asia)

1933: First sporting exploit, with the “Petite Rosalie” covering 300,000 km in 133 days in Montlhťry

1934: Presentation of the Traction Avant, the first mass-produced front-wheel drive car

1934: Michelin takes over CitroŽn

1935: Death of Andrť CitroŽn

1936: CitroŽn’s first diesel

1947: Presentation of the Type H van with front-wheel drive and flat floor

1948: Presentation of the 2CV

1954: Hydraulic suspension debuts on the Traction Avant 15-6H

1955: Presentation of the DS

1957: Traction production ends

1959: First Monte Carlo rally victory with an ID 19

1961: Inauguration of the Rennes Le Janais plant, for the launch of the Ami 6

1965: Creation of the Vťlizy technical centre

1967: DS with swivelling headlamps presented at Paris Motor Show

1968: Launch of the Mťhari

1970: Presentation of the SM and GS

1973: 2CV Africa rally raid

1974: Quai de Javel plant closes

1974: The Peugeot family buys the CitroŽn brand

1974: Launch of the CX

1975: Last DS produced

1981: “En avant CitroŽn” ad by Savignac

1982: Quai de Javel closes

1984: The C15 starts its 22-year career

1985: New brand identity with white chevrons on red background

1986: Operation Dragon, with 140 youngsters crossing China in AXs

1989: Launch of the XM

1991: CitroŽn's first Paris-Dakar race – and victory

1991: Andrť CitroŽn elected manufacturer of the century for his innovations by a automobile jury

1993: Launch of the Xantia

1993: New advertising tagline, “Vous n’imaginez pas tout ce que CitroŽn peut faire pour vous”

1996: Launch of the Berlingo, the first leisure activity vehicle

1997: Berlingo rally raid, with 198 young Europeans driving from Paris to Moscow

1998: Creation of HDi engines

1999: First World Rally Championship with the Xsara kit car

1999: Launch of the Xsara Picasso

1999: CitroŽn tops the mark of one million annual sales

2001: CitroŽn Conservatoire opened in Aulnay

2002: Launch of the C3 and C8

2003: First World Rally Championship Constructors’ title

2004: C4 launch accompanied by Neil Blomkamp’s Dancing Robot ad

2007: Inauguration of 42 Champs Elysťes in Paris

2006: Launch of the C4 Picasso

2008: Launch of the new C5

2009: Brand rebirth with a new identity based on white, red and grey

© 2009 Direction de la Communication Automobiles CitroŽn