Citroen became the fourth biggest car manufacturer in the world, and the largest in Europe, within eight years of its foundation in 1919. In 1925 a Citroen 5CV Type C Torpedo was driven around Australia, the first time anyone had circumnavigated the country in a car. Citroen was an industry leader in aerodynamic design, using a wind tunnel in the 1950’s to create their streamlined look. By 1933 Citroen was in financial trouble and was bailed out by Michelin, while partnerships with Maserati, Peugeot and Fiat bore mixed results. In 1973 the French government merged Citroen and Peugeot into a single company. In 1990, the Citroen XM was named European Car of the Year, while other models such as the C3, C4 and C4 Grand Picasso have been shortlisted in recent years.
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