Top 5 Production Numbers: Number 4

Top 5 Production Numbers: Citroen 2CV

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 1948 - 1990
  2 cyl.
  375, 425, 435, 602 cc
  9, 12, 18, 29 bhp
  4 spd. man
Top Speed:
  68 km/h
Number Built:
Citroen 2CV

After the World War II, Citroen was urgent to produce a cheap and practical car for the people of France, one that would be easy to produce, able to carry 4 people with luggage and have sturdy suspension able to handle the rough country roads of France.

The result was 2CV. Launched in 1948, 2CV incorporated a tiny 2-cylinder engine in a VW Beetle-like design. Despite being cheap and modest, it had fully independent suspension interconnected by horizontal coil springs, so that when front wheels meet a ridge the rear wheels would also be raised.

This layout was proved to be ideal for the rough country roads. From 1948 to 1990, nearly 4 million 2CVs rolled out of the Citroen factory, placing on the top of Citroen's own all-time best selling chart.

Globally, its 42 year life span places it in top 5 of vehicle production numbers.

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