As a nationalised company, it started producing cars quite quickly. They will be explained as we go. First the production numbers, then a brief summary of the models.
Data source: Freyssenet.com
Juvaquatre: A compact car inspired by the Opel Kadet was started in 1937, and resumed after the war. It soon became just a wagon model, with the saloon car dropped. It was also sold as a commercial van, sales of which may be included here.
4cv: This compact car replaced the Juvaquatre saloon model. It was secretly designed during WWII, and was soon introduced after the war.
|The 4cv. Quite streamline for it's time|
Colorale: It was a large car for it's day, with a wagon look to it in profile but it wasn't overly popular.
Frégate: The need for an upmarket car led to this model being released. It was later joined by a wagon.
Dauphine: While it replaced the 4cv, it was larger and both models continued for a time in typical French fashion. Other variants were introduced in time, including a sport and luxury versions.
|The Dauphine. I remember seeing these as a child in NZ|
Summary: The post war years were a time of rebuilding a shattered Europe. The car industry was to become an important part of that, but in this period it was still early days.