Peugeot is a French automobile manufacturer, a part of PSA Peugeot Citroen company. more
Lion has been the symbol of the brand almost since its creation. It symbolizes the passionate, feline character of the Peugeot brand. The latest modifications were made in 2010. Now, Peugeot logo is a black hue, portraying the lion’s shadow with a bi-metallic effect of contrasting matt and lustrous finishing details. This logo is often called “Blue Brand”.
The company was founded in 1810 by Peugeot family and produced coffee mills and bicycles. In 1958, Emile Peugeot patented the famous lion trademark. The first car, a three-wheeled, steam-powered one, appeared in 1889. In a year, Peugeot tried its hand at creating a four-wheeled car with a petrol-fuelled internal combustion engine, made by Daimler. In 1890s, Peugeot was the first producer to use rubber tyres for a petrol-powered car. During the First World War, the brand dealt with military equipment and vehicles.
In 1929, the brand introduced Peugeot 201, the cheapest French car. In 1933, it presented 402 BL Eclipse Decapotable, the first convertible car with a retractable hardtop. In 1950, Peugeot bought Chenard-Walcker and Hotchkiss companies.
In 1974, the marquee bought 30% of Citroen shares and in a year merged with it, forming PSA. In 1983, the company started to produce Peugeot 205, which helped to make a huge profit. Moreover, it got to the list of 10 bestselling cars of the 20th century. Though the company closed several years in early 2000s, it is going to create new cars and add innovations to the existing ones.
Since the time of the brand creation, Peugeot cars have taken part in races. Among the most notable victories are the following: World Sportscar Championship (1992), the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1992 and 1993), World Rally Championship Manufacturer's Title (1985-1986, 2000-2002), the Dakar Rally (1987-1990), the European Rally Championship (2002-2003, 2008) and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (2007-2009).