A family adventure
Flagship of French industry, Peugeot is one of the foremost pioneers on the international automotive front. In just over 2 centuries the brand’s activities have developed around its passion and technological challenges. Perpetually breaking new ground, the car manufacturer has always fostered the company spirit that drove the Peugeot family from the very beginning.
Family grain mill transformed into a steel foundry
Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frédéric Peugeot diversify their activity by manufacturing steel strips for dressmaking, saws and springs for watchmaking.
Series-produced type 3
The type 3 is the first series-manufactured car in the world (64 examples) travelling from Valentigney-Paris then following the first Paris-Brest-Paris bike race for 2,045 km. In January 1893, the Peugeot type 3 is the first car to be driven in Italy.
Traditional and automobile manufacturing separated
Les Fils de Peugeot Frères continue with traditional manufacturing (bikes, tooling, etc.) whilst Armand Peugeot creates Automobiles Peugeot, a limited liability company (Société Anonyme).
first automotive plant built in Audincourt (Doubs)
Workshops are abandoned and the company sets up in the first totally automotive-dedicated plant, in Audincourt (25). A second plant is operational in Lille (59) in 1898.
Lion Peugeot cars showcased
Les Fils de Peugeot Frères also invest in automotive manufacturies under the brand-name Lion Peugeot and produce a different range of the automotive Peugeot’s one in order to avoid competition.
Les Fils de Peugeot Frères and Armand Peugeot merge and create the Automobiles and Cycles Peugeot, a limited liability company (Société Anonyme). Vehicles are now all manufactured by a single entity.
Sochaux plant established
In 1929, it would group together all Automotive Peugeot manufacturies and would become the largest industrial site in France.
PSA Group created
Automobiles Peugeot becomes a holding under the name of PSA Group and controls all of the Group’s companies. In 1976, it becomes PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN with two automobile subsidiaries.
Peugeot celebrates its bicentennial
Among the international automotive pioneers still operating, Peugeot is one of the few where founders’ descendants are still shareholders and hold managerial positions.