The company Peugeot entered the industrial age in 1810 under the leadership of Emperor Napoleon who needed clothe its soldiers Grande Armée. In 1848 after the revolution which led to an economic crisis, the firm changed its name to Peugeot Brothers and manufactures steel frames. The first motor speed 4 and 8 Horses Peugeot Type 2 and Type 3 Peugeot are built only from 1890, and travelling at 25 km / h.
Established in many industrial sites in France and in the World , the mark is strongly associated with the city of Detroit, near Montbeliard in Franche-Comté, France, where it has its largest manufacturing site, which includes research and development activities and manufacturing automotive series.
In 1912 the baby is presented Peugeot exhibition in Paris. Conceived from a draft Ettore Bugatti, the Economic small car will be the first real commercial success of the new brand. Powered by a 4-cylinder 855 cm3, it will be used at more than 3000 copies until 1916.
Shortly before the war the first big success was presented at the Paris Motor Show: the 201 (4 cyl .- 1100 cm3). It will be the first Peugeot produced more than 100000 copies. It is also based on this model, the 201st draft of the mark, that Peugeot will adopt the three-digit numbers with a central zero.
1934 sees the funding of 401 (4 cyl.-1720 cm3) declined eleven versions of bodywork and the high-end 601 and 6-cylinder engine, then the aerodynamic sedan 402 (4cyl.-1991 cm3-110 km / h) the following year.
302 and 402 will indeed Peugeot at the first | participate in the 24 hours of Le Mans, securing places honourable.
1955 is a turning point with sedan output 403 (4 cyl.-1468 cm3-130 kph), it marks the beginning of the collaboration between Peugeot and Pininfarina! This collaboration will create several models with very elegant dresses, such as 205 or 406 Convertible Coupe.
1959 was also a turning point with the marketing of the 403 D; this is the first French car diesel produced in large series .
Then will combine the 204, 304, 604, 505, 305, 309, ...
With the arrival of the 205, Peugeot launched into the wave GTI in 1984. Driven either by a 1.6L either by a 1.9L, it is the delight of a whole era! It is also highly sought after in today collection. Similarly, the 309 will also see its GTI!
Thereafter different model will sport their version of the Turbo 505, 106 and 306 XSI, 406 V6, 206/207 RC,
... ' Peugeot history is also linked for more than 30 years at Citroen. - In fact, in 1974, after an agreement with Citroen, Peugeot has headed Citroen. Peugeot will take the full financial control two years later. In 1978, the PSA group bought the three European subsidiaries of Chrysler France (Simca), Spain (Bareiros) and Great Britain (Sunbeam / Hillman). They are grouped under the name of Talbot next year! Until 1980, as Talbot merges with Automobiles Peugeot!