It is a French brand of cars, commercial vehicles and racing cars that operates from the beginning of the 19th century. It started as a company that manufactured coffee mills and bicycles, first creations of Jean-Pierre Peugeot who sat down since then as a guiding principle of brand innovation. Today, Peugeot (along with Citroen, brand purchased in 1974) is the second largest European manufacturer. Celebrated its bicentennial in 2010.
Beginning of Peugeot
The Peugeot journey started when the Patriarch of the family, Jean-Pierre Peugeot manufactured coffee, oil and textiles mills in his workshop in Doubs, France, business it bequeathed to her two sons, Jean-Pierre II and Jean-Fr?d?ric. In 1810 founded the society "Peugeot brothers" and manufacture saws, springs and umbrella frames. Without knowing it, and imagine the Peugeot brothers had already started a long history of success and innovation which 200 years later, would be recognized and valued by the whole world.
After the death of Jean-Fr?d?ric and following the withdrawal of business of Jean-Pierre II, are the children of these people who compete for the firm Peugeot. Finally Jules and Emile Peugeot are left with settlements at Terre Blanche. They formed "Peugeot Fr?res" and under this firm specialized in steel work, carpentry. By end of the century move away from business but not before changing the company by "Les Fils de Peugeot Fr?res".
The only son that had Emile Armand Peugeot was called and it was he who made the great revolution of the brand to create the Serpollet-Peugeot, the first steam tricycle in 1889. The following year change steam by gasoline and build your first quad: Type 2.
The long tradition of models with the number "0" in the Center began in 1929 with the launch of the Peugeot 201. This car represented for Peugeot craftsmanship throughout the industry. The success of the 201 is the starting point of the first series of new Peugeot cars: 301 in 1932, the 401 and 601 in 1934. After the second world war these would be replaced by the 402, the 302 and the 202 in 1936, 1936 and 1938 respectively.
Thanks to the imagination of the designer Georges Paulin, Peugeot designs first Coup?-Cabriolet in 1934, models 401 and 601 with retractable roof. After the second world war continues the tradition of these models: 203 cabriolet is launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1951. 404 Models are beginning to market in 1962, these are listed as French vehicles most beautiful of the Decade. Today it is appreciated by the collectors.
Subsequent years of Peugeot
Peugeot is the protagonist of the Tour de France. Bernard Th?venet athletes won ten times this traditional career on a Peugeot bicycle (won his last Tour in 1977). Since this brand not has been able to be matched by what the influence of Peugeot in the world of the two wheels has also been significant for the history.
Speaking of titles and major brands, there is no doubt that the Peugeot 205 has been one of the most important models for the company. They launched this car in 1983 and one more specialized in 1984. The next two years this model gave two rally Champion titles. To date we have manufactured more than 5 million of Peugeot 205 and his follower, launched in 1996 broke record production with 6.5 million cars.
Brand was 200 years old in 2010. Today it is a firm commitment with technology but also with the environment. In 1999 sold cars with HDi engines that reduced by 99.9% dirt emissions emitted by diesel engines. In the same year, at its plant in Brazil, Peugeot implements the "Carbon wells" plan to counteract the greenhouse effect. After ten years there are 2 million of replanted trees and 111,000 tons of Co2 retained.
In 2011 was released in the micro technology e-HDi * to reduce gas emissions, equipped on models 508, 308, 3008 and the 5008. Since then its models come with this team. The plan is to place a million of these vehicles in circulation by 2013.
In the bicentennial, Peugeot renewed the logo from the classic lion making it more dynamic and more simple. Also, its Electrical model presented at the Geneva Motor Show car EX1 showing a clear trend also ecological protection of environment.
Facts about Peugeot
One of the products that made Peugeot were Saltcellars and pepper pots, tradition that remain today. These items are still manufactured in addition to cars, motorcycles, gardening, etc.
The classic logo of Peugeot (the Lion by stepping on an arrow) was created in 1847.
The naming of their cars with zero to the Center began in 1929 and became a registered trademark. This generated a rivalry with Porsche when he wanted to name one of their models 901 which caused a legal battle that eventually won Peugeot, so Porsche renamed its product to 911 and went to the long one of the most successful of its range. Today both companies have good relationship and even share knowledge and technologies.