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Citroën earned a reputation for innovation and revolutionary engineering, which is reflected in the company's slogan "Créative Technologie". Its history of innovation began with its founding, when André-Gustave Citroën 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. In 1924, Citroën produced Europe’s first all-steel-bodied car, the B-10. In 1934, Citroën 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 Citroën produced the world's first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system,[citation needed] then in 1955 the revolutionary Citroën DS, the first European production car with disc brakes. In 1967, Citroën introduced the first swiveling headlights in several models, allowing for greater visibility on winding roads.

Although known for their reliability, Citroen cars failed to meet the design tendencies at some point , conservatism that lead to a drastic decrease in sales. However, the effect was countered later at the beginning of the 90's when Citroen models took rounder and smoother shapes. New models and reinvention of older ones have assured the company's success so far and the brand is still regarded to be a purveyor of fine vehicles for over 75 years.

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André Citroën will be remembered in global motoring history first and foremost as the man who imported mass production techniques to Europe based on the theories of Fordism. In 1919, Citroën was the first to apply these techniques to the production of the 10HP (or Type A) in Paris. By applying these new theories, based on a mobile assembly line, Citroën was able to build a large number of cars quickly and sell them cheaply. A man with a passion for innovation, André Citroën visited Ford's Red River plant in Detroit in 1912. There, he was able to see this new way of organising industrial production for himself.

Citroën is a company that is famous for introducing many innovative technologies to the automotive industry, such as the first all-steel body (B12), hydro-pneumatic suspension, assembly line (since 1919), first self-supporting body, and a double wishbone suspension. It is one of the companies who first introduced a front wheel drive.

Citroën was one of the first brands to market Stop&Start technology with the C3 Stop&Start in 2005. This innovation cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while also making the car far quieter. Stop&Start technology turns the engine off just before the car comes to a stop (at a red light or in traffic jams, for example), starting up again when the driver releases the brake pedal. From 2010, Citroën will be rolling out the new-generation Stop&Start, which will be available across the range. This second-generation system, which is even more efficient, will cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by around 15% in the city.

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