The flagship of French industry, PEUGEOT is one of the foremost pioneers on the international automotive front. In just over two centuries, the brand's business has evolved around the principles of passion and technological innovation.
CONVERSION OF THE FAMILY GRAIN MILL INTO A STEEL FOUNDRY
Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frédéric Peugeot diversified their family-run grain mill by manufacturing steel strips for dressmaking, saw blades and springs for watchmaking.
LAUNCH AND SERIES PRODUCTION OF THE TYPE 3
The type 3 was the first series-manufactured car in the world (64 units), travelling from Valentigney to Paris then following the first Paris-Brest-Paris bike race for 2,045 km. In January 1893, the PEUGEOT type 3 was the first car to be driven in Italy.
SEPARATION OF TRADITIONAL AND AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING
The sons of Peugeot Frères continued with traditional manufacturing (bikes, tools, etc.) whilst Armand Peugeot created Automobiles Peugeot, a limited liability company.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST AUTOMOTIVE PLANT IN AUDINCOURT, DOUBS
The workshops were abandoned and the company set up shop in the first totally automotive-dedicated plant in Audincourt. A second plant became operational in Lille in 1898.
SHOWCASING LION PEUGEOT CARS
The sons of Peugeot Frères were also involved in automotive manufacturing under the brand name Lion Peugeot and produced a different range of PEUGEOT automobiles in order to avoid competition.
The sons of Peugeot Frères and Armand Peugeot merged their businesses and created the Automobiles et Cycles PEUGEOT company. Vehicles were all manufactured by a single entity from this point.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOCHAUX PLANT
In 1929, the new Sochaux plant grouped together all Automobiles Peugeot manufacturing and it became the largest industrial site in France.
In 2012, it celebrated its centennial, making it the oldest car manufacturing plant still in activity in the world today.
THE BIRTH OF PSA
PSA (Peugeot Société Anonyme) was founded to become a holding of the automotive group of the same name, which today controls all of the PEUGEOT Group’s companies.
In 1976, it became PSA PEUGEOT Citroën through the merger of Citroën S.A. and PEUGEOT S.A.
PSA Peugeot Citroën then became the PSA Group in 2016 and today symbolises the dynamism of its three strong car brands – PEUGEOT, Citroën and DS – as well as all other current and future Group activities.