First, I would like to know if those of you reading this blog in France are some of the same people who used to read my “Unreasonable” blog, which no longer exists. If so, how did you find this?
In honor of those reading in France I would like to write a little about Citroën. In the Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile, published in 2000, the entry on Citroën follows the one on Cito, precedes the one on City Mobile and runs for 14 pages. When the Citroën Type A 10 CV was shown in France after WWI it was the first French car to be complete, including coachwork, a toolkit, spare wheel, electric lighting and starting AND was offered for one-third of what an equivalent car cost before the war.
Citroën has offered many innovations. Jay Leno thinks the DS (introduced in 1955) is the most innovative car ever, not to mention the most comfortable one to drive. The Traction Avant, introduced in 1934, was the first mass-produced front-wheel drive car as well as the first with unibody construction. In the 1950s, Citroën introduced the first hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension.
This car, the Citroën SM, was named Motor Trend’s car of the year in 1972:
(Photo from bestcarmag.com). Unfortunately (and ironically), Citroën left the US market in 1974 unable (or unwilling) to keep up with American car regulators. <sarcasm> Amazing that the Europeans never thought this car was too dangerous to drive. <end sarcasm>
Since GM sold its European operations to Groupe PSA (Citroën’s parent company) in 2017 some have speculated that the Peugeot and Citroën makes could be re-introduced in the US. Time will tell…I wouldn’t mind owning an SM, though. By the way, the SM was produced in conjunction with Maserati, which Citroën purchased in 1968 only to be sold in 1975.
You probably know what I think: the more makes and models available in the market, the better.