1922 Citroen B2 Tourer
Result: PASSED IN
CitroŽn earned a reputation for innovation and revolutionary engineering, which is reflected in the company's slogan "Creative Technologie". Its history of innovation began with its founding, when Andrť-Gustave CitroŽn introduced the first industrial mass production of vehicles outside the United States, a technique he developed while mass-producing armaments for the French military in World War I. The first car rolled out of the Paris factory in May 1919 which was a 10hp Type 5 and was a huge success. The Type A was replaced by the more powerful 1.5-litre Type B in 1921. In 1924, CitroŽn produced Europe's first all-steel-bodied car, the B-10. Within eight years CitroŽn had become Europe's largest car manufacturer and the 4th largest in the world. In 1934, CitroŽn secured its reputation for innovation with its Traction Avant, not only the world's first mass-produced front-wheel drive car, but also one of the first cars to feature a monocoque type body. In 1954 CitroŽn produced the world's first hydro pneumatic self-leveling suspension system, then in 1955 the revolutionary CitroŽn DS, the first European production car with disc brakes. In 1967, CitroŽn introduced the first swiveling headlights in several models, allowing for greater visibility on winding roads. The brand celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2009.