Unlike most of the car brands, Peugeot began its roots in a rather unorthodox origin, a coffee mill manufacturing company. This family business founded on 1810 began the production of bicycles in 1820. Armand Peugeot began the automobile ideology when he produced the first company car, a steam tricycle 1889. The following year established Société des Automobiles Peugeot.
The Peugeot brand became a trend-setter since 1901s Paris Salon, or Bébé, until it made its way through to the Grand Prix. Although Peugeot once quit racing due to its first attempt in a rally became a dud, this failure jumpstarted the desire to produce race cars under the brand name. Peugeot earned a name in racing as it kept hitting top ranks in races after the company hired the expertise of engineers and designers to achieve the dream race car.
In 1913, Peugeot produced a vehicle that can race in the French Grand Prix. With the production of the race car also came the standards set by Peugeot: ball-bearing crankshaft, gear-driven camshafts, and dry sump lubrication—these became standard to all race cars to date. As the First World War rose, Peugeot shifted to producing military vehicles for the army including arms productions.
After the war, Peugeot did not give up on racing. It immediately produced the 1919 Targa Florio. It kept setting trends for the automobile business. It brought out the Peugeot 201—first to hold the Peugeot trademark—as the cheapest French vehicle then in 1929. In 1933, it launched the first convertible with a retractable hardtop.
It continued to reproduce the pre-World War II vehicles after it halted mainstream production of vehicles in the Second World War. It continued to highlight its vehicle production in style and in class but still aim to produce race cars. Peugeot became so infamous in Europe that it took over Citroen in 1975 and Chrysler in 1978. Due to a high competitive business, the Peugeot design got stuck in classic designs and was unable to move into the dawning new century. To this Peugeot is still a car brand that holds true to its classic roots but is yet to recover their once great lead on the car manufacturing industry. However, it is still one of the largest car manufacturing companies in world.
Originally, the Peugeot Family own the ‘lion’ trademark since the company was manufacturing steel blades at the time, trademarking a Lion icon to represent its business for sturdy blade teeth became the company’s official logo. The lion did not disappear from the Peugeot brand but has undergone quite a transformation in design.
Now, Peugeot’s current logo is one of the most distinguishable car brand icons in the world. It is an angular metalized lion along with a shadow embossed on a royal blue background. Known as the Blue Brand, Peugeot kept the regal lion emblem to showcase the roaring attitude of Peugeot in racing to the top not only on the Tarmac but also in a very competitive business.
- Peugeot 205
This vehicle is a strong contender in the super mini arena. This super mini is super indeed with a vigorous mileage and long life span. This vehicle was awarded the ‘Car of the decade by CAR Magazine.
- Peugeot 308
Dubbed as the European Car of the Year in 2014, this is a modern vehicle that is on the rise as one of the best vehicles by Peugeot.
- Peugeot 405
Manufactured for only less than ten years, this car is still an iconic Peugeot because it was heralded as the European Car of the Year in 1988.
Peugeot has about five assembly plants in France and 16 other factories in the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.
What To Love about Peugeot?
Peugeot vehicles are cars that are well renowned for its durability. They produce stable and high-end quality cars that mass produce great quality vehicles.
Peugeots are the most comfortable cars you’ll probably get to ride on. Since it is a brand that centers on racing, it also produces vehicles that are comfortable despite running on high speed.
What Not To Love About Peugeot?
Japanese vehicles are known to be reliable cars and Italian cars are known to be posh and classy, unfortunately Peugeot lies in between. It doesn’t pose as much panache as Italian cars nor as great and as stable as Japanese cars.