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The first modern delivery van with front wheel drive and forward control

In 1937, CitroŽn showed the TUB van which anticipated the architecture of the modern van with its forward control cab and front wheel drive lay out.  The mechanical bits were largely inherited from the Traction - 9 CV engine, three speed gearbox, rack and pinion steering, hydraulic brakes and torsion bar suspension.  TUB had a payload of 850 kg. 

Production commenced in 1939 - on the eve of the outbreak of war.  Between 1939 and 1941, a total of 1 748 examples were built - possibly more since accurate records were not maintained during the German occupation.  Some 50 examples were fitted with the 11 CV engine which allowed an increased payload of 1 200 kg and these were designated TUC.

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