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Part of Groupe PSA, Peugeot represents one of the main French automotive manufacturers. What initially started as a coffee mill company in 1810, then turned bicycle manufacturer in 1830, ended up as a car company in 1882.
The first Peugeot car was built by Armand Peugeot, which proved to be a very unreliable steam-powered tricycle.
The first actual combustion-car was built in 1889 in collaboration with Leon Serpollet; the car used a Panhard-Daimler engine. Although the first attempt, the car build by Peugeot featured advanced and complex feature, making it more appealing that the already established competition.
With early pioneering in motorsport, Peugeot was the company to win the first ever official race, using a 3hp Peugeot, with 5 cars qualified for the race and finished it. As time passed, Peugeot advanced and switched to in-house built six-cylinder engines alongside smaller, inline-4 units. The four-cylinder Bebe engine was built in 1912 by the famous Ettore Bugatti.
During WWI and WWII, Peugeot expanded its lineup both in the racing and the commercial sector, winning the 1919 Targa Florio with a car that already had 200.000km on board. Some of the notable models of the period were the Peugeot 201, Type 153 and the 402 BL Eclipse Decapotable. Later on, the Peugeot 202, 302 and 402 were added.
Peugeot started selling cars on US ground in 1958 and entered collaborations with Renault and Volvo during the 60s and 70s. During the 90s, Peugeot witnessed great success with the 205-supermini model, allowing the brand to make a great turnaround in terms of financial situation.
Some of the newer models from Peugeot cars include the 307 (which received the Car of the year award in Europe) ad the Peugeot 3008 crossover, also named 2017’s European car of the year. As of 2018, Peugeot owns 10 factories and has joint ventures and outsourced contracts with at least another 12 factories around the world.
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