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How Citroen Took The Van World by Storm

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Citroen has been in the business of vehicle manufacturing since the early part of the 20th century and the company, which is now part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group, is one of the famous names in the motor industry. They have been at the forefront of many automobile innovations during their years in operation and this has been for more than just cars. In the late 1940s they took the van world by storm with the introduction of the Citroen H Van. This remained in production for over 30 years.

Conception

The idea for the H van was conceived in the early 1940s, with Citroen looking to produce a vehicle using some of the new techniques being developed at the time. This included constructing the van as an integrated unit, where the bodywork and chassis were one piece as opposed to the existing manufacturing method that bolted bodywork onto a separate chassis. The benefit of this was it resulted in a lighter, stronger vehicle more capable of coping with the everyday demands it was needed for.

Innovations

Other features used in the design of the H van that were innovative for the time included an ultra low floor to make loading and unloading easier, a larger 2 litre engine, side loading door, front wheel steering, and torsion bar suspension. Its most distinctive feature was its corrugated bodywork and this helped in making it lighter and stronger, which gave it the advantage of being able to carry heavier loads in comparison to other vans in its class. All this was intended to make it the best vehicle possible to help Citroen become the top manufacturer for commercial vehicles.

Production

Production of the van commenced in 1949, with the first vehicles being given the H designation. In the years following, this was replaced by the upgraded HY and HZ models, with manufacturing work being carried out in the UK, Holland, and France. It was immediately successful when brought to market, with van buyers taking to in their thousands and this ensured it remained in production for many years. Almost half a million were manufactured during this time, with the last one rolling off the production line in 1981.
 

The Citroen H Van was well ahead of its time when it first came to market, with the many innovations ensuring it took the commercial vehicle world by storm. This helped it become one of the most successful vans of all time.

Why a Citroen Van Will be Right For You

Citroen Vans

Nemo

The affordable Nemo is the baby of Citroen’s range of vans, and is perfect for zipping around busy cities, with exceptional fuel efficiency, low CO2 emissions and intelligent traction control. Its comfortable interior, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth make it a pleasure to drive.

There is plenty of space inside the Nemo with a load volume of 2.8mᶟ when the passenger seat is folded, and the ability to carry loads up to 2.49m long. Large sliding side doors, asymmetric rear swing doors and a low sill make loading and unloading simple.

Moving up the range is the Berlingo, with inner space of up to 4.1mᶟ and the ability to carry loads with a length of up to 3.25m, either inside or through an opening section in the roof. Loading the Berlingo couldn’t be easier, with its wide sliding side doors and 60/40 asymmetric rear doors opening to 180°. 

Berlingo

Driving aids available on the Berlingo include the advanced anti-skid Grip Control system, Hill Start Assist, giving the driver valuable seconds to move his (or her) foot from the brake to the accelerator, and a speed limiter. Without a gear lever, driving modes are adjusted using a knob on the dashboard or on the steering wheel.

 Dispatch

The versatile Dispatch is bigger still, but feels like a car, with cruise control, speed limiter, Grip Control, Bluetooth and USB socket, plus a new six-speed automatic gearbox. Exterior lines are fluid and stylish, with useful extra-wide rubbing strips in case of accident. It comes in a variety of shapes and styles, meaning it can be used for many different types of jobs.

Relay

Top of the range is the class-leading New Relay. Every part of this large panel van is designed to lessen the chance of a serious accident or reduce repair costs, including high-mounted daytime running headlights, large, multi-piece front bumper and large door mirrors, plus innovative optional features such as a lane departure warning system. A huge range of body styles and with conversions available, all models able to hold at least three Euro pallets.