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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the second time in its history, Peugeot wins European Car of the Year in 1988 with the 405, its new family car.
Its timeless design has made it a collector. It is the first coupé proposed with a Diesel engine (2001).
The 206 was triple world rally champion.Its CC version (2000) relaunched the «transformable coupés», introduced by Peugeot in 1934.
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.