Andre Citroen was born in Paris on the 5th of February 1878, the fifth child of a middle class prosperous Jewish family. After studying Engineering, and serving four years in the army, in 1904 Citroen filed a patent for the double helical chevron gear to be made by his company, a small gear cutting business called ‘Engrenages Citroen’, The logo for this company featured two double helical ‘chevrons’ (which survives to this day). The Great War halted progress and his factory was recommissioned and in its pomp was turning out 35,000 shells a day for the French Artillery. Following the end of the war the Quay de Javel factory was converted to automobile manufacture and a new name came into existence, ‘S.A. Andre Citroen’. The Type A was put into production on the 28th of May 1919, orders for 16,000 cars were reported as having been received within a fortnight backed by the introduction of  1,000 Citroen dealers throughout France.

Fast-forwarding into the 1930s, the meteoric rise of Andre Citroen and the Citroen car company was dramatically slowed down by the depression. Despite many successful intervening models and the development of the front wheel drive ‘Traction Avant’ concept, Citroen’s finances had become overstretched, not helped by the fact that being a very heavy gambler he was losing enormous personal and apparently company funds. The company was eventually not able to pay its bills and one of his biggest creditors and a friend Edouard Michelin was invited to take over the running of the company. Andre Citroen was legally required to retire and to take no further part in the running of the company. Although still a relatively young man at 57 Citroen did not take well to retirement and became very dispirited. His health declined rapidly and he died on the 3rd of July, 1935.



Citroen C3  

The Citroen C3 is a cross between a DS3 and a C4 Cactus, complete with ‘airbumps’ and is an attempt to make the C3 more fashionable. There are options of individual personalisation for the roof, light surrounds mirrors, and dashboard. Power comes from a small three cylinder petrol engine and a 100bhp Diesel. The Citroen C3 starts at Price reduced from previous quarter price£Nil advance payment for the 82bhp Manual petrol in Shine Plus trim, Auto cars are paired to the 110 variant and start at Price reduced from previous quarter price£595 AP in Shine Plus trim. Diesel cars are manual only and the sole offering is the top Shine Plus trim at Price reduced from previous quarter price£295 AP.



Citroen C3 Aircross  

The C3 Aircross is the replacement for the C3 Picasso and offers a more fun and desirable exterior design to take on rival compact SUVs, including the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. The Aircross is 20cm longer and 20cm higher than the standard Citroen C3, with a 410 litre boot extendable to 520 litres by sliding the rear seats forward. The front seats are extremely comfortable, Citroen pride themselves on making comfortable cars, the padded front seats are indeed very supportive. Rear room is good, the doors open fairly wide making for good access. Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Petrol 110bhp Manual  ‘Shine’  –  Nil Advance Payment (£65.79 wpms)



Citroen C4  

The new for 2021 Citroen C4 and fully electric ë-C4 is available to order as a Motability vehicle. The C-Segment hatchback offers a 380 litre boot, the same size as the class leading Volkswagen Golf and five litres up on the Ford Focus. The C4 is slightly higher-riding and larger than the C4 Cactus it replaces, the C4 stands 436cm long, 180cm wide and 152.5cm high which is 19cm longer, 9cm wider and 4.5cm taller that the outgoing C4 Cactus. Thankfully carried over from the very comfortable Cactus are the Advanced Comfort seats and Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, which uses two hydraulic stops to smooth out the ride. Prices are realistic starting at Nil Advance Payment for the 1.2 petrol manual and £695 as an automatic, the Electric car is in Shine Plus only at £995 Advance Payment



Citroen C5 Aircross 

The C5 Aircross is built on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008/5008, Vauxhall Grandland X, DS 7 and even the new Peugeot Rifter and Citroen Berlingo but it has a look and feel all its own, it is taller than all the competition and has Progressive Hydraulic Cushions which flatten out the bumps in the road so if you are able to get in (it’s 4cm higher than the DS7) then the ride should be to your liking. The boot is an excellent 580 litres in size or up to 720 litres with the second-row seats pushed forward, these also slide and recline individually but have isofix points on the outer two only. The manual Diesel and petrol cars start at £1895 Advance Payment and Automatic diesels at £3095  and Auto petrols at Price reduced from previous quarter price£3195



Citroen Berlingo  

The new Citroen Berlingo retains the styling of the old car but the Peugeot 5008 shared platform increases the length and width  (the roofline is a little lower but you can’t tell) meaning there is even more room for five or even seven passengers. The boot has increased by 100 litres to a whopping 775 litres, still with no load lip.  The ‘M’ Berlingo is joined by an XL car that is 35cm longer and offers seven seats. The Berlingo offers a commanding driving position and more thrills than you would expect, sliding rear doors are the perfect way to enter and leave.  From the 1st January 2022 only the Automatic gearbox E-Berlingo is available on the Scheme, the 50kWh battery offers a claimed range of 174 miles.  Rapid charging from 0-80% takes 25 minutes, charging from a 7kW point takes 7 hours from 0-100% and a domestic 3 pin plug takes 17 hours. Only 2 Vehicles are on offer, the Prices start at £1495 for the 5 seat ‘Medium size’ top trim Flair XTR trim and £1595 in XL size 7 seat Feel Trim.



Citroen Spacetourer

This large MPV is available as a 9 seater in (basic) Business Edition trim and an 8 seater in the plush Flair trim (only the Medium size and not the XL is available on the Scheme).  The 50kWh battery is carried over from the Berlingo but due to the extra weight and size the official electric range drops to 134 miles, this will be under 100 miles in the colder months.  Business Edition trim has steel wheels and lacks the luxuries of the Flair; panoramic roof, electric rear doors, alloy wheels, keyless entry, heated front seats etc. Prices are high, Price reduced from previous quarter price£4995 Advance Payment for the Bus Ed makes the £6895 AP for the Flair look a bargain.