The History of Citroën – Comfort of the Mind

For over 100 years, comfort has always been at the heart of Citroën models. Today, people spend a large amount of time in their cars, proving why improving ‘comfort of the mind’ is vital. Citroën aims to create calm cabin spaces isolating you from the outside world. To achieve this, combining driver aids with light and spacious designs is imperative.

Citroën cars were the first to include owners’ handbooks. When mass-producing cars in Europe, the brand aimed to ensure that the car’s owners knew how to operate and maintain their vehicles effectively and be assured that any issues would be easily diagnosed.

Driving can be stressful or tiring, therefore a ‘feel-good factor’ can keep spirits high in the cabin. Being able to improve the mental well-being of the driver and passengers has been a foundation of Citroën’s loyalty to comfort.

Cabin light and ambience are core elements of ‘comfort of the mind’. Light enhances the perception of colour inside the cabin, transforming moods and improving a sense of serenity. Citroën’s use of light is a defining factor in their cars.

With an abundance of light inside the cabin, Citroën offers owners a choice of soft, warm materials, clever patterns, and luxurious finishes. Ahead of its time, the DS represented one of the earliest examples of synthetic fascia mouldings, featuring bright new colours and advanced materials for the first time in car interior design.

The earlier C4 Picasso featured a ‘Pack Lumière’, offering a range of interior lighting effects. Today, Citroën cabins ‘Cielo’ ceiling lights and special effects provide carefully enhanced illumination.

Spaciousness and airiness are aspects which has defined Citroën cars. Citroën uses light and colour to reduce fatigue and enhance comfort. The C4 Cactus’ interior offered digital functions, a ‘command’ touchscreen with intuitive controls and ‘open-air’ cabin architecture, earning it’s title of “Most Beautiful Interior’ of the year at the 30th International Automobile Festival in Paris in 2015.

Driver Aids
Today, comfort of the mind is aided by electronic driver aids. In the C4, C5 and C6 of the 2000s, Citroën offered Europe’s first lane-departure warning system using infrared sensors to detect the car’s lane position and seat vibration systems to alert the driver if they strayed out of their lane. The Head-up Display (HUD) function advises the driver with easy-to-read information. A wider range of advanced driver aids is now available to Citroën buyers to promote comfort of the mind.

Citroën’s New Concept of Comfort
With continuous changes in driving conditions world-wide and increasing numbers of cars on the road, incidences of ‘road rage’ are common. With new in-car technologies, drivers need to be able to multi-task at the wheel.

Technological advances, modern production lines and innovative designs have played a crucial role in developing the comfort for which Citroën is now well known.

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