Who’s Peugeot and when did it start making cars?
Peugeot is one of the French ‘big three’. Or should that be ‘grande trois’? Rival to Renault and Citroen (though it’s actually part of the same company as Citroen now, in the PSA group) Peugeot was founded way back in 1810 by Emile Peugeot. Originally, the company made coffee grinders and bicycles (how Parisian is that?) but it wasn’t until 1896 that Emile’s son Armand Peugeot broke away with the family name to set up a car company – still with the lion emblem – and became a proper automobile maker. By 1903, half of all the cars in France were Peugeots. The Peugeot 203, pictured here, was Peugeot’s first post WWII product, and went on to sell half a million units.