Peugeot History

Peugeot is part of PSA PEUGEOT Citroën, the second largest car maker based in Europe and is a leading French car brand with origins of the Peugeot family dating back to the 15th Century when Armand Peugeot became fascinated with automobiles and was convinced of its viability after meeting with the likes of Gottlieb Daimler.

In 1929 Peugeot unveiled its first mass-produced car – the 201, marking Peugeot’s passage from small-scale business large manufacturer.This proved a great success and the start of the first Peugeot range, with the 301 launching in 1932, and the 401 and 601 in 1934, sparking mass-market interest in coupés and cabriolets.

In 1946, the company restarted manufacturing the automobile with the 202, producing 14000 models. In 1947, Peugeot produced the Peugeot 203, completed with coil springs, rack-and-pinion steering and hydraulic brakes. The 203 set new Peugeot sales records, remaining in production until 1960.The Peugeot coupé and cabriolet range launched with the stunning 404 Cabriolet in 1962, the forerunner for today’s 308 CC and the beautiful RCZ. In 1983, Peugeot launched the popular 205 followed by the successful Peugeot 205 GTi in 1984, with the 205 Turbo 16 winning two World Rally Championship titles in 1985 and 1986.

Peugeot broke its own manufacturing record of over 5 million 205’s built, when in 1998, over 6.5 million Peugeot 206 models were built.The Peugeot 207 was launched in 2006 and became the highest selling car in Europe, with the 208 close on its heels. 2010 celebrated the bicentenary of Peugeot and the dynamic new Peugeot Lion emblem reflects a new era at Peugeot, one of simplicity with a new stance and sense of movement. With over 200 years of history and design and technological innovation to their name, Peugeot is ready to celebrate the next 200 years.