Did You Know These 10 Amazing Facts About Peugeot?

Peugeot is one of the most reliable and popular cars today. It’s a French vehicle that is manufactured by the second biggest car manufacturer in Europe. The large Peugeot fleet ensures that there’s always a car for everyone. 

Below are 10 fantastic facts about Peugeot which you might not know:

1. When WWI rolled around, Peugeot had to stop manufacturing cars temporarily. The company then started making military vehicles. Peugeot was actually among the leading manufacturers of military tanks, shells, arms and bicycles. When WWI ended, the company began making cars again.

2. Peugeot has already received several international awards on various occasions. One of these Is the European Car of the Year award.  The first car from the Peugeot fleet was the Peugeot 504 in 1969. It was followed by the Peugeot 405 in 1988. The Peugeot 307 also won the European Car of the Year award in 2002. Several Peugeot cars have won the 2nd and 3rd place ranking in the European Car of the Year competition. The Peugeot 308 Turbo won the Overall Car of the Year award in 2009. Peugeot also received 2 awards for the Semperit Irish Car of the Year. The company also won 9 Car of the Year awards in Spain and 5 other Car of the Year awards in Italy. It was also a Peugeot car that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1913.

3. Peugeot released its very first vehicle in the 19th century. The steam-operated car was designed by Leon Serpollet and had only 3 wheels. Only 4 cars of this kind were made. Warming up the vehicle was an extensive process due to the bulkiness of the steam-power engine. Peugeot made improvements to the car and released its first petrol-driven 4-wheeled vehicle in 1890.

4. Who would have thought that the oldest car manufacturer in the world did not even make cars when it first got started? Peugeot was initially established as a coffee mill in 1810. Jean-Frédéric Peugeot and Jean-Pierre Peugeot converted the old grain mill that was owned by their father into a steel foundry. The company produced various items including umbrella frames, springs, coffee grinders, saws as well as salt and pepper grinders.

5. In 1941, Peugeot released a small electric car, which they called the VLV, to help solve the fuel constraints that were imposed on the country. The car had 12-volt batteries that offered a maximum speed of 32 km per hour. The VLV had a range of 80 km per charge. However, the company stopped manufacturing these cars due to WWI. After a few years, the Peugeot 203 was introduced. The new car set new records in sales. Peugeot stopped producing electric cars in the 1960s.

6. Peugeot started experimenting with diesel engines on passenger car applications around the 1930s. The company created a prototype 402 with its HL50 diesel powerplant. However, it was not until 1959 when Peugeot released the 403 that diesel-powered vehicles became commercially available.

7. Peugeot has a long history in the automobile world. In 1891, Armand Peugeot designed the company’s first self-propelled car using Daimler engine. Although the car lacked in originality, it was the Peugeot prototype that inspired Armand to create an entire line of ten vehicles. The company became a vehicle manufacturer in 1896 when Armand left the family business and established his own business. Peugeot was named Société des Automobiles Peugeot and became the major car manufacturer at the start of the 20th century.

8. The company invited prominent designer and engineer Ettore Bugatti to create an affordable vehicle. Bugatti focused on creating the most reliable and simplest model. He designed the Peugeot Bébé, which is also known as a people’s car. It became the best-selling car in France. In 1899, the company’s lineup included 15 models that consisted of 12-seater and 2-seater cars. Peugeot produced 20,000 bikes and 500 vehicles in 1990.

9. Peugeot also sponsors the Sochaux football club that was started by one of the members of the Peugeot family. The company manufactures bikes and has sponsored a professional team in bicycle competitions. Peugeot was the first to create a carbon composite bicycle in 1983. The company was also the first to develop a true off-road bike in 1984. Peugeot’s bikes won ten Tour de Frances races between 1903 and 1983.

10. Peugeot places great importance on safety. The Peugeot 308 has a system that warns drivers of unintentional lane departures. The 308 also has a Brake Assist system, Electronic Brake Force Distribution system, and ABS system for added safety. Peugeot’s current lineup includes scooters, bikes, cars, and vans. The company has its operational headquarters based in Sochaux, France.