Citroën Type A
During Warld War I, André Citroën wis producing munitions. As early as 1917, Citroën investigated the development o a light car o the medium range under the direction o Jules Salomon.
Under the designation 10 HP Type A the caur haed a water-cooled 1327 cc fower-cylinder engine and an output of 18 hp. Its maximum speed was 65 km/h (40 mph). The chassis had inverted quarter ellipic springs at the front and double quarter elliptics at the rear. Braking was on the rear wheels only controlled by a hand lever with a foot pedal operated transmission brake.
The chassis wis made in twa lengths an carried a variety o coachwork. The long chassis wis available as Torpedo (fower-seat tourer), Torpedo Sport, Conduite Intérieure, Coupe de Ville an light truck an the short chassis with Torpedo (3 seat), Conduite Intérieure, Coupe de Ville an camionnette (van).
In its first year o production, the standard Type A cost 7,950 francs. Ane year later the selling price haed been raised to 12,500 francs.
With a production rate o 100 vehicles a day, Citroën became the first mass production manufacturer in Europe.