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If you live in North America or South Asia, then Citroen is far from a household name for you and you probably rarely even think about the brand. You probably should, though, because Citroen has been at the forefront of the automotive industry for 100 years, with its roots traced back to March 1919 when the company was founded by Andrei Citroen. Its roots tie into innovative technology as well and was responsible for the Traction Avant – the world’s first, mass-produced, front-wheel-drive car. That car was also the first to feature a unitary design, which is similar to the unibody structure on most cars today in which there was no chassis supporting any of the mechanical components under the skin.

In 1954, Citroen developed the worlds first self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension setup and, just a year later, the Citroen DS became the first mass-produced car in the world to feature disc brakes as we know them today. Oh, and you know those cool lights on your Mercedes that adjust themselves at turns and curves for better visibility? Well, you better thank Citroen for those – the company introduced that technology on several of its models back in 1967. Citroen holds its head high to this day knowing that it’s the only automaker to have won three different championships from the International Automobile Associated (IAF.) It’s kicked ass in the World Rally Raid Championship, World Rally Championship, and World Touring car Championship, so it also has a strong history in motorsports as well. Still don’t think Citroen is worth knowing about?

Today, Citroen has a massive global lineup that includes a number of hatchbacks, SUV, and Van models with prices that range from just over €10,000 all the way up to just over €34,000. It even has a few fleet-style van offerings and an electric car known as the C-Zero.