Citroën Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: When was Automobiles Citroën founded?
A: 1926
B: 1919
C: 1945
D: 1933
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën was founded on June 4, 1919, by André Citroën.

2: Which company did Citroën merge with in 1976 to form the PSA Group?
A: Chrysler
B: Renault
C: Peugeot
D: Fiat
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën merged with Peugeot in 1976 to form the PSA Group.

3: Where are Citroën’s current headquarters located?
A: Rueil-Malmaison
B: Paris
C: Poissy, Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine
D: Marseille
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën’s head office is located in the Stellantis Poissy Plant in Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine.

4: Which innovative car feature was first introduced by Citroën in 1934?
A: Automatic Transmission
B: Front-Wheel Drive
C: Electric Car
D: Air Conditioning
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën introduced Front-Wheel Drive in its 1934 Traction Avant model.

5: What was the world’s first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system car produced by Citroën?
A: Citroën BX
B: Citroën SM
C: Citroën DS
D: Traction Avant
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën produced the world’s first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system in the DS model in 1955.

6: Who is the current CEO of Citroën as of February 2023?
A: Linda Jackson
B: Vincent Cobée
C: Thierry Koskas
D: Carlos Tavares
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Thierry Koskas was appointed CEO of Citroën on February 23, 2023.

7: Which Citroën car was known for its swiveling headlights introduced in 1967?
A: Citroën 2CV
B: Citroën GS
C: Citroën CX
D: Citroën DS
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The Citroën DS introduced swiveling headlights in 1967 for better visibility on winding roads.

8: What groundbreaking car, introduced by Citroën in 1934, was known for its unibody construction?
A: Citroën SM
B: Citroën Traction Avant
C: Citroën DS
D: Citroën CX
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Traction Avant was the world’s first mass-produced car with unibody construction.

9: In what year did Citroën use the Eiffel Tower as the world’s largest advertisement sign?
A: 1925
B: 1930
C: 1934
D: 1939
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Citroën used the Eiffel Tower as the world’s largest advertisement sign from 1925 to 1934.

10: What feature of the Citroën DS made it the first mass-produced car with this modern component in 1955?
A: Cruise Control
B: Disc Brakes
C: Airbags
D: Sunroof
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën DS was the first mass-produced car with modern disc brakes in 1955.

11: Why did Citroën produce half-track vehicles between 1921 and 1937?
A: To support farming activities
B: For off-road and military uses
C: For sports events
D: For luxury transportation
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën produced half-track vehicles for off-road and military uses using the Kégresse track system.

12: What was the name of Citroën’s first car, introduced in 1919?
A: Type A
B: 2CV
C: DS
D: Traction Avant
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Citroën’s first car, the Type A, was introduced in 1919.

13: In which year did Citroën unveil the revolutionary 2CV at the Paris Salon?
A: 1945
B: 1948
C: 1952
D: 1956
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The 2CV was unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1948.

14: What nickname did the Citroën DS earn due to its innovative design and features?
A: The Rocket
B: The Sleek
C: The Falcon
D: The Goddess
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The DS, pronounced [de.ɛs] in French, sounds similar to “déesse,” which means Goddess.

15: What did Citroën’s high-pressure hydraulic system enable in cars starting from the DS model?
A: Smart Parking
B: GPS Navigation
C: Self-Levelling Suspension
D: Electric Windows
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The high-pressure hydraulic system enabled self-levelling suspension in Citroën cars starting from the DS model.

16: Which car model first featured Citroën’s hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension in 1954?
A: Citroën GS
B: Citroën SM
C: Traction Avant
D: Citroën ID
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension was first featured in the rear suspension of the Traction Avant in 1954.

17: What type of vehicles does Citroën Insurance cover?
A: Bicycles
B: Motorcycles
C: Automobiles and Commercial Vehicles
D: Boats
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën Insurance covers automobiles and commercial vehicles.

18: Which car developed by Citroën and Maserati featured a V6 power plant and was introduced in 1970?
A: Citroën SM
B: Maserati Merak
C: Maserati Bora
D: Citroën BX
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Citroën SM, featuring a V6 Maserati power plant, was introduced in 1970.

19: In which decade did Citroën experience a bankruptcy leading to its acquisition by Michelin?
A: 1930s
B: 1940s
C: 1950s
D: 1960s
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Citroën filed for bankruptcy in December 1934, leading to its acquisition by Michelin.

20: What material innovation did Edward G. Budd contribute to Citroën cars in the 1920s?
A: Carbon Fiber
B: Stainless Steel
C: All-Steel Body
D: Aluminum Chassis
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Edward G. Budd contributed the first all-steel body design to Citroën in the 1920s.

21: What feature did the Citroën Traction Avant pioneer that was uncommon in cars of its era?
A: Adjustable Steering Wheel
B: Front-Wheel Drive
C: Hybrid Engine
D: Automatic Windows
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën Traction Avant pioneered front-wheel drive, which was uncommon in its era.

22: Which Citroën car, introduced in the 1970s, filled the gap between the 2CV and the DS?
A: Citroën CX
B: Citroën SM
C: Citroën GS
D: Citroën ID
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Citroën GS, introduced in the 1970s, filled the gap between the 2CV and the DS.

23: Citroën was the first automaker to produce which type of brake that became standard in the industry?
A: Drum Brakes
B: Disc Brakes
C: Electromagnetic Brakes
D: Regenerative Brakes
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën was the first automaker to produce modern disc brakes in its DS model in 1955.

24: What was Citroën’s strategy for their vehicles’ suspension, beginning with models like the DS and CX?
A: Magnetic Suspension
B: Air Suspension
C: Leaf-Spring Suspension
D: Hydropneumatic Suspension
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Citroën’s strategy included the use of hydropneumatic suspension, first implemented in the DS.

25: What unique advertising method did Citroën use on the Eiffel Tower?
A: Aerial Banners
B: Light Display
C: Large Hanging Banners
D: Painted Letters
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën used a light display on the Eiffel Tower from 1925 to 1934, recorded in Guinness World Records as the world’s largest advertising sign.

26: What was the goal for Citroën in producing the 2CV originally introduced in 1948?
A: Luxury Transport
B: Military Vehicle
C: Affordable Rural Transport
D: Sports Car
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The goal for the 2CV was to provide affordable rural transport, motorizing the rural French population.

27: When did Citroën expand into China, leading to increased sales and plants specifically for DS vehicles?
A: 1980s
B: 1990s
C: 2000s
D: 2010s
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën expanded into China, where the brand has standalone DS showrooms and specific plants for DS vehicle production, starting in the 1990s.

28: Citroën developed the RE-2 helicopter in collaboration with which French aeronautics company?
A: Airbus
B: Dassault Aviation
C: Charles Marchetti
D: Panhard
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The teams of Charles Marchetti and Citroën collaborated on the development of the RE-2 helicopter.

29: In which year did Peugeot acquire an increased stake of 89.95% in Citroën, forming the PSA Group?
A: 1974
B: 1976
C: 1980
D: 1984
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Peugeot increased its stake to 89.95% in Citroën in 1976, forming the PSA Group.

30: What is the branding strategy of Citroën’s premium line introduced in 2009?
A: GT Line
B: DS Line
C: Exclusive Line
D: Prestige Line
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën introduced its premium DS Line in 2009, aiming to offer a distinctive and luxurious series of cars.

31: Name the Citroën model that won the European Car of the Year award in 1975.
A: Citroën GS
B: Citroën CX
C: Citroën XM
D: Citroën DS
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën CX won the European Car of the Year award in 1975.

32: Which Citroën model competed in and won the 1971 Rallye du Maroc?
A: Citroën DS
B: Citroën SM
C: Citroën CX
D: Citroën GS
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën SM won the 1971 Rallye du Maroc.

33: What unique concept sports car did Citroën unveil in 2010?
A: Citroën Activa
B: Citroën Survolt
C: Citroën Hypnos
D: GT by Citroën
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën Survolt was a concept sports car unveiled in 2010.

34: Citroën’s hydropneumatic suspension system contributed to which luxury car brand in the 1960s?
A: Rolls-Royce
B: Bentley
C: Mercedes-Benz
D: Maserati
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Citroën’s hydropneumatic suspension system was used by Rolls-Royce in the 1965 Silver Shadow.

35: Which car did Citroën use to potentially replace the DS in 1970, featuring a Maserati power plant?
A: Citroën SM
B: Citroën CX
C: Citroën GS
D: Citroën XM
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Citroën SM, introduced in 1970, featured a Maserati V6 power plant and was initially engineered as if it were to replace the DS family car.

36: What was Citroën’s flagship sedan produced from 2005 to 2012?
A: Citroën DS5
B: Citroën CX
C: Citroën C6
D: Citroën Traction Avant
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Citroën C6 was the flagship sedan produced from 2005 to 2012.

37: In rally sports, what did Citroën Racing accomplish between 2003 and 2012?
A: Won the Dakar Rally
B: Won eight Manufacturer Titles in World Rally Championship
C: Participated in 24 Hours of Le Mans
D: Hosted the Monte Carlo Grand Prix
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën Racing won eight Manufacturer Titles in the World Rally Championship between 2003 and 2012.

38: Which Citroën model became the best-selling premium subcompact car in Europe in 2013?
A: Citroën DS3
B: Citroën C3
C: Citroën C4
D: Citroën C5
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Citroën DS3 was the best-selling premium subcompact car in Europe in 2013.

39: Which Citroën car model was awarded best supermini four times in a row by the JD Power Satisfaction Survey UK?
A: Citroën DS3
B: Citroën C3
C: Citroën C4 Picasso
D: Citroën Saxo
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Citroën DS3 was awarded best supermini four times in a row by the JD Power Satisfaction Survey UK.

40: What automotive innovation is Citroën specifically known for in its frontier designs of the 1950s, such as the DS?
A: Eco-Friendly Fuel
B: Aerodynamics
C: Sound Systems
D: Side Airbags
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën was an early pioneer in aerodynamic design, which helped improve fuel efficiency and high-speed performance.

41: Citroën’s Traction Avant was revolutionary for being the first mass-produced car with what key feature?
A: Rear-Wheel Drive
B: Front-Wheel Drive
C: Manual Transmission
D: Hybrid Engine
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Traction Avant was the first mass-produced car with front-wheel drive.

42: The 2CV is a best-known model for Citroën; what does its name stand for?
A: Two Cylinder Vehicle
B: Second Model Vehicle
C: Two Chevaux
D: Twin Cam Vehicle
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The 2CV stands for “Deux Chevaux,” which means “two horsepower” in French.

43: Which Citroën concept car previewed future design trends and technologies at the 2008 Paris Motor Show?
A: Citroën C-Métisse
B: Citroën Activa
C: GT by Citroën
D: Citroën Survolt
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: GT by Citroën previewed future design trends and technologies at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

44: Who founded Citroën, and what was his key innovation in gear technology?
A: André Citroën, Double Helical Gear
B: Édouard Michelin, Radial Tire
C: Louis Renault, Drum Brake
D: Henry Ford, Assembly Line
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: André Citroën founded Citroën and was known for his innovation in double helical gear technology.

45: Which car model eventually replaced Citroën’s originally planned mid-size model gap in the early 1970s?
A: Citroën GS
B: Citroën ZX
C: Citroën XM
D: Citroën DS
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Citroën GS, introduced in the early 1970s, filled the mid-size model gap.

46: What type of manufacturing plant does Citroën operate in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India?
A: Motorcycles
B: Electric Vehicles
C: SUV Production
D: Commercial Trucks
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën operates an SUV manufacturing plant in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India.

47: Which concept sports car did Citroën badge as DS, reflecting its historical connection and modern designs?
A: Citroën Hypnos
B: Citroën C-Métisse
C: Citroën Survolt
D: Citroën DS Divine
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën badged the Survolt concept sports car as a DS, reflecting its historical connection and modern designs.

48: Citroën won the ‘Sustainability Initiative Award’ at which 2023 event?
A: Geneva Motor Show
B: Auto Trader New Cars Awards
C: Paris Motor Show
D: Detroit Auto Show
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën won the ‘Sustainability Initiative Award’ at the Auto Trader New Cars Awards 2023.

49: What was Citroën’s innovative showroom on the Champs-Elysées in Paris originally for?
A: Selling Bicycles
B: Selling Vintage Cars
C: Alda Cars
D: Hosting Fashion Shows
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën’s iconic showroom on the Champs-Elysées was originally used for selling Alda cars.

50: In 1973, what severe global crisis significantly affected Citroën’s financial condition?
A: The Great Depression
B: The Energy Crisis
C: The Dotcom Bubble
D: The Financial Crisis
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The 1973 energy crisis significantly affected Citroën’s finances due to rising fuel prices.

51: What is the current parent company of Citroën?
A: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
B: Renault-Nissan Alliance
C: Stellantis
D: Volkswagen Group
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Stellantis is the parent company of Citroën since 2021.

52: Why did Citroën withdraw from the North American market in 1974?
A: Financial Issues
B: Lack of Consumer Interest
C: Design Regulation Conflicts
D: High Production Costs
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Citroën withdrew from the North American market in 1974 due to U.S. design regulations that outlawed core features of their cars.

53: What unique vehicle customization options did the 2010 Citroën DS3 offer?
A: Different Paint Schemes
B: Custom Roof Colors
C: Variable Engine Choices
D: Smart Entertainment Systems
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The 2010 Citroën DS3 offered unique customization options with various roof colors contrasting with the body panels.

54: What was the significance of the Citroën C4 Cactus introduced in 2015 in terms of industry awards?
A: Most Fuel-Efficient Car
B: Car of the Year Winner in Spain and Denmark
C: Best Sports Car Design
D: Best Engine Innovation
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën C4 Cactus was awarded Car of the Year in Spain

55: What year did Citroën introduce the futuristic Citroën DS, known for its hydropneumatic suspension?
A: 1948
B: 1955
C: 1962
D: 1969
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën DS, introduced in 1955, was known for its revolutionary hydropneumatic suspension.

56: In what year did Citroën launch its new 3D metallic logo design to celebrate its 90th anniversary?
A: 2005
B: 2009
C: 2012
D: 2015
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Citroën launched a new 3D metallic logo in 2009 to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

57: What is the name of the distinctive steering system featured in Citroën SM and other high-end models?
A: DIRAVI
B: HTRAC
C: SH-AWD
D: Four-Wheel Steering
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: DIRAVI is the unique power, self-centering steering system featured in the Citroën SM and other high-end models.

58: Why were many early 2CVs sabotaged by Citroën workers during World War II?
A: To reduce production costs
B: To avoid German requisition
C: To test engineering limits
D: To support Allied forces
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: During World War II, Citroën workers sabotaged many early 2CVs to avoid them being requisitioned by the Germans.

59: Which Citroën model, introduced in 1974, became known for its aerodynamic design and as a successor to the DS?
A: Citroën BX
B: Citroën CX
C: Citroën GS
D: Citroën XM
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Citroën CX, introduced in 1974, was known for its aerodynamic design and succeeded the DS.

60: What inspired André Citroën to create Citroën’s iconic double chevron logo?
A: Unique Engine Design
B: Gear Shaped in Double Chevron
C: Art Deco Movement
D: Modern Architecture
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: André Citroën was inspired by a unique double chevron-shaped gear design, which he discovered during a trip to Łódź, Poland.

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