52 Facts About Peugeot


Family business that preceded the current Peugeot companies was founded in 1810, with a steel foundry that soon started making hand tools and kitchen equipment, and then bicycles.

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Armand Peugeot built the company's first car steam tricycle, in collaboration with Leon Serpollet in 1889; this was followed in 1890 by an internal combustion car with a Panhard-Daimler engine.

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Peugeot retains a large manufacturing plant and Peugeot museum there.

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Peugeot has received many international awards for its vehicles, including six European Car of the Year awards.

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Peugeot Sport won the World Rally Championship five times, the Dakar Rally seven times, the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, the World Endurance Championship twice, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge Championship three times, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup twice and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three times .

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Armand Peugeot introduced his "Le Grand Bi" penny-farthing in 1882, along with a range of other bicycles.

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The car and motorcycle company and the bicycle company parted ways in 1926, but the family-owned Cycles Peugeot continued to build bicycles throughout the 20th century until the brand name was sold off to unrelated firms.

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The family-owned firm Peugeot Saveurs continues to make and market grinders and other kitchen and table-service equipment.

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Armand Peugeot became interested in the automobile early on and, after meeting with Gottlieb Daimler and others were convinced of its viability.

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Peugeot became the first manufacturer to fit rubber tyres to a petrol-powered car.

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In 1896, the first Peugeot engines were built; no longer were they reliant on Daimler.

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Peugeot Motocycles remains the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.

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Peugeot added motorcycles to its range in 1901, and they have been built under the Peugeot name ever since.

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Peugeot decided voiturette racing was not enough, and chose to try grandes epreuves .

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Peugeot introduced a five-valve-per-cylinder, triple-overhead-cam engine for the Grand Prix, conceived by Marcel Gremillon, but the engine was a failure.

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In 1947, Peugeot introduced the Peugeot 203, with coil springs, rack-and-pinion steering, and hydraulic brakes.

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Peugeot took over Chenard-Walcker in 1950, having already been required to acquire a controlling interest in Hotchkiss in 1942.

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Several Peugeot models were assembled in Australia, commencing with the 203 in 1953.

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In 1983, Peugeot launched the successful Peugeot 205 supermini, which is largely credited for turning the company's fortunes around.

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In 1997, just six years after pulling out of both United States and Canadian markets, Peugeot returned to Mexico after a 36-year absence, under the Chile–Mexico Free Trade Agreement.

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However, Peugeot models are not to be bought or imported into the United States from Mexico.

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On 18 April 2006, PSA Peugeot Citroen announced the closure of the Ryton manufacturing facility in Coventry, England.

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Peugeot set an ambitious target of selling 4 million units annually by the end of the decade.

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In 2009, Peugeot returned to the Canadian market with the scooter brand only.

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Peugeot re-entered the Philippines in 2012 after having a short presence in 2005 with distribution done by the Alvarez Group.

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In October 2013, Peugeot closed their production plant at Aulnay-sous-Bois as part of a restructuring plan to reduce overcapacity in the face of a shrinking domestic market.

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Peugeot has produced six winners of the European Car of the Year.

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Peugeot has produced two Car of the Year award winners in Ireland since 1978.

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Peugeot has produced four "Car of the Year Auto Europa" award winners in Italy in 28 years, since 1987.

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Peugeot has produced nine Car of the year award winners in Spain in 40 years, since 1974.

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Peugeot presented a new concept hybrid electric sports sedan at the 2008 Paris Motor Show called the Peugeot RC HYmotion4.

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Peugeot BB1 is an electric concept car with in-wheel motors in its rear wheels first shown in September 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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In 2010, Peugeot started selling the electric Peugeot iOn, a rebadged and revised version of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

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Peugeot was involved in motorsport from the earliest days and entered five cars for the Paris-Rouen Trials in 1894 with one of them, driven by Lemaitre, finishing second .

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Participation in a variety of events continued until World War I, but in 1912, Peugeot made its most notable contribution to motor sporting history when one of their cars, driven by Georges Boillot, won the French Grand Prix at Dieppe.

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When one of the Peugeot racers remained in the United States during World War I and parts could not be acquired from France for the 1914 season, owner Bob Burman had it serviced in the shop of Harry Miller by a young mechanic named Fred Offenhauser.

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Peugeot Sport is one of the most successful winners in rallying, along with Citroen Racing, by winning five times the World Rally Championship Manufacturer's Title, seven times the Dakar Rally, three times the European Rally Championship, three times the Intercontinental Rally Challenge .

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Peugeot won the Safari Rally in 1975 and in 1978, both cars being factory team entries.

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In 1981, Jean Todt, former co-driver for Hannu Mikkola, Timo Makinen, and Guy Frequelin, among others, was asked by Jean Boillot, the head of Automobiles Peugeot, to create a competition department for PSA Peugeot Citroen.

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In 2015 Peugeot again took part in the Rally Dakar with a newly constructed buggy.

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The 2017 edition saw Peugeot make the switch to the new 3008 DKR where Peterhansel won the event for the 13th time in a row.

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On 31 October 2017, Peugeot announced that it would end its program in the Dakar Rally after the 2018 edition in order to focus on its FIA World Rallycross Championship career.

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In 1999, Peugeot returned to the World Rally Championship with the 206 WRC.

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Marcus Gronholm gave the car its first win at the 2000 Swedish Rally, and Peugeot went on to win the manufacturers' title in their first full year since the return, and Gronholm the drivers' title in his first full WRC season.

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PSA Peugeot Citroen withdrew Peugeot from the WRC after the 2005 season, while Citroen took a sabbatical year in 2006 and returned for the next season.

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In 2013, the Peugeot 208GTi won a one-two-three at the 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race.

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Peugeot Sport was not however a full professional race team akin to those of the competition, by now including Williams, Prodrive, Schnitzer and TWR; being as it was run from workshops within the Peugeot factory, largely by factory employees from 1992 to 1996, racing the 405 Mi16 from 1992 to 1995.

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In 2001, Peugeot entered three BTC-T Peugeot 406 Coupes into the British Touring Car Championship to compete with the dominant Vauxhall Astra coupes.

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Peugeot returned to sportscar racing and Le Mans in 2007 with the diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

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Peugeot has flagship dealerships, named Peugeot Avenue, located on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, and in Berlin.

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Peugeot produced an electric motor scooter, the Peugeot Scoot'Elec, from 1996 to 2006, and was projected to re-enter the market in 2011 with the E-Vivacity.

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Peugeot produced bicycles starting in 1882 in Beaulieu, France, followed by motorcycles and cars in 1889.

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