I am Thijs van der Zanden, the founder of Citrovisie. In Citrovisie I combine my two hobbies: writing and Citroëns. The foundations for Citrovisie were laid in the early 90’s when I chose the 2CV as the subject for a school writing assignment. This started my interest in the Citroën brand. After high school I was torn between studying industrial design and journalism. Eventually I became a designer, but in my spare time I wrote numerous articles for the Dutch Citroën Visa Club magazine and contributed to the CitroExpert magazine. In 2010, after five years of preparation, my book about the Citroën Visa was ready. It was successful and I got a taste of writing. To continue my activities as author and publisher I founded Citrovisie in 2012.
The formula of Citrovisie is simple: no ordinary car books with well-known facts and photos, but books full of new information and lots of never previously published material. I burrow into archives, visit former Citroën employees and try to find new facts and interesting anecdotes to fill my books.
As well as new information, a Citrovisie book must also offer a lot of viewing and browsing pleasure. I try therefore to make maximum use of images to illustrate my stories.
Over the years the range of Citroën books by Citrovisie has steadily grown. Currently I am also working on some new titles.
If you want to stay updated of on these and other developments, take a look at the facebook page of Citrovisie.
Special lighting, different wheel covers, larger bumpers, cut out rear fenders... The Citroëns built at the Belgian factory in Forest differ in many ways from the French-built models. Unfortunately the factory archives were not always well documented, so reconstructing the history of the cars produced in Forest... [Read more]
When the CX was introduced in 1974, it caused big financial problems for Citroën before becoming a success - just like the Traction Avant forty years earlier. In 1934, tire manufacturer (and major creditor) Michelin had to come to help Citroën, forty years later it was competitor Peugeot who took... [Read more]
The Citroën Axel was a disaster. Due to poor assembly in Romania during the era of dictator Ceausescu, brand new Axels broke down, leaked oil, lost parts, suffered from excessive fuel consumption or even got fire spontaneously. Historically however, the Axel is very...
'Citroën Visa - voiture sans frontière. The slogan that was used in 1978 with the introduction of the Visa, forms now the title of the book about the history of this undervalued Citroën. Author and Citroën fan Thijs van der Zanden describes the history of the Visa, beginning...
The BX: its avant-garde dashboard, streamlined design, half hidden rear wheels and hydropneumatic suspension made it a real Citroën. The razor-sharp stylized body however radically broke all design traditions of the brand. Moreover, the BX was full of new, lightweight materials... [Read more]
Citroën is rather late with a small family car. Competitors have already discovered this segment for quite some time when Citroën presents the GS in August 1970. But with its sleek design, superb suspension, complete dashboard and spacious trunk the GS immediately sets... [Read more]
This book describes the history of the compact Citroëns that appeared between 1975 and 1985: the LN, LNA, Visa, Oltcit, Axel and the C15, a van model which was derived from the Visa. The development of these cars coincided with a period of crisis in the history of Citroën... [Read more]