Information About Peugeot
In 1842, the Peugeot business began as a grinder manufacturer for coffee, salt, and pepper. The way this company advanced into producing cars was very interesting. From producing steel rods designed for crinoline dresses, onto umbrella frames, followed by wire wheels for bicycles. From here it was not far off from making cars.
The Peugeot name has been a family company since as far back as the 1700s. Armand Peugeot was the first of the family members to show an interest in car manufacturing after he met with Gottlieb Daimler. The very first of the Peugeot cars was released in 1889 in the form of a 3-wheel steam-powered model. One year later petrol became the new favourite and their 3-wheel model was transformed into a 4-wheel version.
In the year 1896, Peugeot went into making their own engines which included an 8-horse-power horizontal twin. The company managed to survive World War I where cars started to become a necessity more than just a luxury which resulted in larger sales for Peugeot.
In the year 1929, the very first 201 model was released, and this method of numbering their cars became the trademark for this French automaker. During World War II, the company was forced into producing weapons and cars for German war efforts. Towards the end of this war, their plants were bombed and required heavy reparations. It took the company up until 1948 to resume producing cars with their 203 model.
Later in 1974, Peugeot made the decision to buy 30% of Citroën to acquire a larger share in the markets. In the 2 years to follow, they took Citroën over completely which resulted in a change to the company name to PSA which stood for Peugeot Societe Anonyme. Under this partnership, it allowed these 2 brands to utilize one another's technical advancements and achievements yet maintain their independence in regards to designs.
During the 90s Peugeot after a number of miscalculations in association to the overall directing of this company, managed to get a bit of its popularity and fame back. The model-lineup that followed was aimed towards a market that was more luxurious. This also included a few victories in the world of racing, including Formula 1 and rallies, which helped Peugeot with its sales.
Today Peugeot has gone onto develop a number of new ranges, which fall outside their classic 200, 300, 400, and 600 series. The 900 and the 100 are extremely opposite, as the 100 is a super-compact range, while the 900 is definitely not for people on a budget.
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