Posted by: mariannedsouza | May 14, 2008

All you ever wanted to know about Peugeot

The Peugeot is a major French car brand. It is a part of PSA Peugeot Citroen. It is the second largest automaker in Europe behind the Volkswagen. The Peugeot’s roots date back to bicycle manufacturing at the end of the 19th century. Its headquarters are in Paris.

 

Armand Peugeot became interested in the automobile early on, and after meeting with Gottlieb Daimler and others, was convinced of its viability. The first Peugeot automobile (a three-wheeled steam-powered car designed by Leon Serpollet) was produced in 1889; only four were made. More cars followed, twenty-nine were built in 1892. These early models were given “Type” numbers with the Type 12, for example, dating from 1895. Peugeot became the first manufacturer to fit rubber tires to a petrol-powered car that year (solid tire) Peugeot was also an early pioneer in motor racing.1896 saw the first Peugeot engines built designed by Rigoulot, the first engine was an 8 hp (6 kW) horizontal twin fitted to the back of the Type 15. It also served as the basis of a nearly exact copy produced by Rochet-Schneider. Further improvements followed: the engine moved to the front on the Type 48 and was soon under a hood (bonnet) at the front of the car, instead of hidden underneath; the steering wheel was adopted on the Type 36; and they began to look more like the modern car. In 1896 Armand Peugeot broke away from Les Fils de Peugeot Frères to form his own company, Société Anonyme des Automobiles Peugeot, building a new factory at Audincourt to focus entirely on cars. In 1899, sales hit 300; total car sales for all of France that year were 1200.At the 1901 Paris Salon, Peugeot debuted a tiny shaft-driven 652 cc (40ci) 5 hp (3.7 kW) one-cylinder, dubbed Bébé (Baby), and shed its conservative image, becoming a style leader. The 1907 Salon showed Peugeot’s first six-cylinder, and marked Tony Huber joining as engine builder. By 1910, Peugeot’s product line included an 1149 two-cylinder and six four-cylinders, of between 2 liters and 6 liters. In addition, a new factory opened the same year at Sochaux, which became the main plant in 1928.A more famous name, Ettore Bugatti, designed the new 850 cc four-cylinder Bébé of 1912.

Peugeot’s latest addition is the Peugeot 4007. It is a compact crossover SUV that was introduced by the French automaker Peugeot in July 2007.The equivalent Citroën badge-engineered version will be the C-Crosser, both of which will be produced by Mitsubishi in its Okazaki plant on the basis of the new Outlander. Both the 4007 and C-Crosser will be the first Japan-produced cars sold under any French brand. They have a sales target of 30,000 units per year.

Apart from this Peugeot also has on sale vans merchandise and accessories. Their merchandise put up for sale in the online showroom include a sports line, football line, tennis line, golf line, gifts, key rings, watches, leather products, luggage holders, textiles and a kids line. Peugeot has also introduced an online spare parts retail outlet.

 Information taken from http://www.wikipedia.org

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