PEUGEOT'S HISTORY, A CAR MANUFACTURER

Peugeot Universe – Relive the history of Peugeot

PEUGEOT'S HISTORY, A CAR MANUFACTURER

With its major inventions and its myriad of successes, Peugeot has written most of the finest pages of automotive history. And with new challenges for the 21st century, the Peugeot adventure endlessly pursues its path.

1889

Steam-driven 3-wheeler presented at the World Fair in Paris

The automobile – 1889 presentation of the steam-driven 3-wheeler

Armand Peugeot showcased the first Peugeot-branded automotive vehicle at the World Fair in Paris: a steam-driven 3-wheeler (non-commercialized), designed hand-in-hand with the engineer Léon Serpollet.

1948

203 launched: first unibody car

The automobile – 1948 launch of the 203, the first monocoque model

The 203 is the first car produced after the war. It is also the first unibody model with a hemispherical-shaped cylinder head and V-shaped valves and the first Peugeot manufactured at over ½ million of units.

1960

404 rolled out

The Pininfarina-designed 404 embraces angular lines. The increase in glazed surfaces rhymes with modernism and elegance and contrasts greatly with the models of the 1950s. In 1961, the 404 is equipped with the first direct-injection engine.

1968

Launch of the 504: groundbreaking style and fittings

The automobile – 1968 launch of the elegant and durable 504

European Car of the Year 1969, the 504 is the Peugeot’s longest commercialized model (3,700,000 examples rolled out until 2006). Intended for a middle-class clientele, it also ranked No.1 in Africa and South America thanks to its endurance.

1972

104 commercialized: world’s shortest saloon

The automobile – 1972 the world’s smallest 4-door saloon, the Peugeot 104

The slogan ’All of Peugeot in 3.58‘ emphasized that it was the world’s smallest four-door Saloon.

1979

Launch of the 604: Peugeot’s 1st 6-cylinder saloon since 601

The automobile – 1979 first turbo diesel commercialised with the 604

As a result of its style and its stature, it is adopted by the most senior government officials. The first turbo diesel engine commercialized in Europe is integrated into the 604.

1983

205 rolled out: the « magic number»

The automobile – 1983 launch of the 205, the most-exported French car

Lifesaving success for Peugeot. It becomes double world rally champion and wins two Paris-Dakar races. The 205 goes on to become the best-selling car in France and the most-exported French car.

1987

Launch of the 405

Cars - Peugeot 405

For the second time in its history, Peugeot wins European Car of the Year in 1988 with the 405, its new family car.

1997

Launch of the Pininfarina-designed 406 coupé

The automobile – 1997 the Peugeot 406, the first diesel-engine coupé

Its timeless design has made it a collector. It is the first coupé proposed with a Diesel engine (2001).

1998

Launch of the 206, 7,326,029 units manufactured

The 206 was triple world rally champion.Its CC version (2000) relaunched the «transformable coupés», introduced by Peugeot in 1934.

2016

Launch of the 3008

Cars - 2016, Peugeot 3008

Praised for its style, interior design and features, the new Peugeot 3008 was elected Car of the Year 2017 by a jury of 58 European journalists.

It is the first award-winning SUV since the creation of the trophy in 1964 and the fifth Peugeot to win Car of the Year after the 308 in 2014, 307 in 2002, 405 in 1988 and the 504 in 1969.