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History of Citroën: 1960History of CitroŽn
As part of an industrial cooperation agreement between France and Yugoslavia, Citroën and Tomos,
a Yugoslavian company, agree to assemble the 2CV in the Tomos plant at Koper.
The Catila factory in Argentina begins to assemble the 2CV and the Ami.

History of CitroŽnHistory of Citroën: 1961
In Brittany, the Rennes-la Janais plant starts producing the Ami 6. Designed from the outset to turn out 1,200 cars a day in the long term, Rennes-la Janais is a perfect example of a modern automated facility. It is the first Citroën plant to combine body panel stamping, body construction and final assembly.
At Nanterre outside Paris, a plant formerly used by Simca comes into operation to relieve the load on existing plants in the Paris area, since they are nearing saturation and cannot be expanded. Nanterre stamps and assembles wings, bonnets and doors for the 2CV. It also houses an aluminium pressure die-casting plant and an engine assembly facility.

History of Citroën: 1962History of CitroŽn
The sales company, Citroën Canada Ltd, is established in Montreal, Canada.
The sales company, Citroën Osterreich GmbH is established in Vienna, Austria.

History of CitroŽnHistory of Citroën: 1963
In Normandy, the Caen plant purchased from Aciéries de Pompey comes on line to machine and assemble running gear for the 2CV and 3CV. Today, the Caen factory makes running gear for all Citroën models, as well as constant-velocity joints. Citroën signs an agreement with Sedica to assemble the 2CV and 3CV in Madagascar.
The subsidiary Citroën Chilena is set up in Chile to handle assembly and sales, while an assembly plant in Africa starts assembling the 2CV in two versions: an estate and a pick-up truck.
The type H utility vehicle goes into assembly in Holland, in response to growing demand for Citroën vehicles on the Benelux market. Some 80 carmakers are locked in battle for a share of this attractive market.
The Citroën Competitions Department is set up under the management of René Cotton.

History of Citroën: 1964History of CitroŽn
The Mangualde factory in Portugal comes into operation to manufacture the 2CV. As in Spain, this operation is made necessary by the severe restrictions placed on imports of fully assembled cars.
Citroën signs an agreement with the German company NSU Motorenwerke for the development of a rotary-piston engine through a Geneva-based joint subsidiary, Comobil.
The activities of the Nanterre plant outside Paris are further extended with the opening of a workshop making mechanical parts for the DS.
In Yugoslavia, the Cimos factory comes into operation under the terms of an agreement signed in 1960. The new plant assembles the Dyane and manufactures a range of parts.

History of CitroŽn
History of Citroën: 1965

Citroën's Research and Development Centre comes into operation at Vélizy outside Paris. It thereby brings together and expands three vital departments formerly scattered around the 15th district of Paris (the Design and Research Departments, and the Laboratories).
The Panhard factory at Reims (Champagne region), a plant specializing in the manufacture of mechanical components for utility vehicles, becomes partof the Citroën organization. Following on from the partial integration of the sales networks in 1953, this move increases the production of the oldest of French carmakers and uses its facilities more efficiently.
The DS line in South Africa closes down after producing 1,232 examples. An exhibition of Citroën advertising material is held in the Marsan Pavilion in Paris. It is an international success.

History of Citroën: 1966

In Britain, the Slough plant closes down after making a total of 28,800 Traction Avants, DS, 2CVs and utility vehicles.

History of Citroën: 1967History of CitroŽn
The Dyane goes into assembly in Belgium.
Citroën signs an industrial cooperation agreement with Berliet, the EEC's largest utility vehicle maker, to produce common models. Under the terms of the agreement, Citroën takes a majority share-holding in Berliet. The Comotor subsidiary is set up in Luxembourg to build car engines. One of its products is the rotary-piston unit that equips the M35 prototype in 1969.

History of CitroŽn
History of Citroën: 1968

The group is reorganized: a holding company, Citroën SA, oversees the activities of Citroën, Berliet and Panhard. The structure comprises more than 20 subsidiaries, including the Société Anonyme Automobiles Citroën (production) and the Société Commerciale Citroën (sales).
Citroën signs a technical and commercial agreement with Maserati, the prestigious Italian sports car manufacturer.
Citroën and Total reach an agreement on the optimization of fuels and lubricants, reflecting the requirements created by new technical developments.
Citroën signs an agreement with Fiat, setting up a holding company (PARDEVI) with the bulk of Citroën shares. Fiat holds a 49% stake and Michelin 51%. Fiat and Citroën agree to undertake joint commercial and industrial studies.
The Mulhouse plant of the Société Alsacienne de Constructions Mécaniques becomes part of the Citroën group.

History of Citroën: 1969History of CitroŽn
The Metz-Borny plant (Lorraine region) comes into operation, taking over the work of the Saint-Charles plant in Paris. Built with the GS in mind, Metz supplies all the car's gearboxes.
Maserati joins forces with the Citroën group to develop a 6-cylinder engine for a future prestige car bearing the Citroën badge.
A plant in Tehran (Iran) begins assembling the 2CV van, Dyane and Babybrousse, in accordance with an industrial and commercial cooperation agreement signed in 1966.
Under the terms of the agreement with Fiat, Autobianchi models are sold through Citroën dealerships in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal, while Citroëns are sold through Autobianchi dealerships in Italy.
The Société des Transports Citroën creates Citer, an international car rental organization.
All the Group's data-processing activities are brought together in a single newly created data-processing department.