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6 Peugeot Fun Facts to Tell Your Potential Customers

Discover fun facts about Peugeot history and learn who makes Peugeot. Explore the brand's legacy, key milestones, and the company driving its success.

close up of peugeot car in a field

Expanding your inventory doesn't just mean adding more cars - it means adding the right cars.

Peugeot is one of the world's oldest carmakers, known for its excellent value for money. There are many reasons for this:

  • Reliability: Peugeots are regularly rated as low maintenance and durable. 
  • Design: Since 2022, Peugeot has had a new brand identity with a sporty and clear design, including a new logo.
  • Efficiency: Peugeot is renowned for developing efficient engines. These ensure low fuel consumption and low CO₂ emissions.

Peugeot is now found under the Stellantis umbrella, along with Chrysler, Jeep, Maserati, and many others. With its major inventions and successes, the brand has written some of the greatest pages of car history.

Did you know that the 208 model was named Car of the Year 2020 by a panel composed of 60 automotive experts across Europe?

It was chosen based on the customers’ freedom to choose between petrol, diesel and electric, and also for its advanced design and technology, making this the sixth Peugeot car with COTY title.

Car of the Year 2020


Also, Peugeot vehicles are one of the most preferred and dependable cars rented by tourists traveling throughout Europe. So, does Peugeot sound like a cool brand? Here are 6 more fun facts we’ve prepared for you!

Peugeot fun fact #1 - The Peugeot car company started out as something completely different

Peugeot began as a family business in 1810, originally manufacturing coffee mills and bicycles - they even sponsored a professional team in bike competitions.

Peugeot: A cycling dynasty


Peugeot began manufacturing bicycles in 1882, well before they started making cars. The Peugeot cycling team, one of the oldest and most successful in professional cycling, was active from 1901 to 1986. The team won the Tour de France ten times!

Various parts of the family went into very different industries, but all were based on steel (tools, springs, umbrella ribs, corset frames, coffee mills, watch parts, bicycles, etc.). In the late 19th century, under the leadership of Armand Peugeot, the company expanded into the car industry.

The rest is, quite literally, history.

Peugeot fun fact #2 - The first Peugeot car had three wheels

Peugeot's first vehicle had 3 wheels


In 1889, Peugeot came up with Type 1, a steam-powered three-wheeled vehicle designed in collaboration with Léon Serpollet, a pioneer in steam engineering. This three-wheeled vehicle was equipped with a vertical boiler and featured two rear wheels and a single front wheel, driven by a steam engine.

Despite its mechanical genius, Type 1 faced practical limitations such as long start-up times and maintenance issues, which made commercial sales difficult.

Just a year later, they introduced Type 2, a petrol-powered four-wheeled car, moving from steam to internal combustion engines and setting the stage for future success.

Peugeot fun fact #3 - First car ever stolen was a Peugeot

The first car ever reported stolen was a Peugeot. Time and place? Paris, 1896.

The stolen vehicle belonged to Baron Jules de Dion, a co-founder of the De Dion-Bouton car company. It was stolen by his mechanics, but luckily, it was found almost immediately since cars were a rare sight back then. Quite easy to spot your stolen treasure!

The car, a Peugeot Type 3, was an amazing piece of engineering for its time, representing the early advancements in motor vehicle technology.

First ever stolen car. Have you seen it?

Peugeot fun fact #4 - Peugeot went electric very early

Peugeot was an early pioneer in electric vehicles. During the Second World War, petrol restrictions meant that alternative energy sources were needed, and Peugeot was the only major manufacturer to take an interest in solving the problem.

In 1941, they made the VLV (Véhicule Léger de Ville), a small electric car that later paved the way for Peugeot's modern electric and hybrid vehicles. It was a mini cabriolet with two offset seats, designed for urban use.

Designed as a "cyclecar", with a wide track at the front and a narrow track at the rear, the VLV runs on electricity using batteries stored in the front trunk, and an electric motor without a differential that manages the rear wheels.

Only 377 models of this fun cabriolet were produced


Its range was 70 to 80 km at speeds up to 35 km/h. It was mostly used by postal workers or doctors.

Peugeot fun fact #5 - Peugeot is a movie star

What better way to set a film in Paris than to use the most bourgeois of French cars? Step into the spotlight with Peugeot, a frequent star in film and TV.

Peugeot cars have been seen in many films and TV shows. One of the most famous is the Peugeot 406, which was featured in the "Taxi" film series, directed by Luc Besson.

It’s also perfect for clumsy inspectors like the famous Clouseau, and even for androids in the famous Blade Runner in 2049.

Revenge of the 204

Peugeot fun fact #6 - Peugeot lion logo is a symbol of strength and heritage

The iconic Peugeot lion logo represents the company’s qualities such as power, elegance, and durability.

The lion logo first appeared in 1858, but it wasn't until 1948 that it took on its modern form, designed by the artist Justin Blazer. The lion stands on its hind legs, facing to the right, and is often shown in various shades of gold or chrome.

In recent years, Peugeot has introduced a more playful and dynamic version of the logo, maintaining the figure of the lion but with a more contemporary design. This evolution reflects the brand's commitment to innovation and modernity while still staying true to its heritage.

The Peugeot Lion emblem is recognised throughout the world

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