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All about Peugeot

April 22, 2022

Peugeot is one of the world’s leading car manufacturers and they happen to have big prominence in Europe. If you are looking to sell or part exchange your car, look no further as this blog may help you make a decision about your next car and whether you would like your next car purchase to be a Peugeot.

Company History

Peugeot was first founded in France in 1810. Surprisingly, the brand didn’t start with creating cars or modes of transportation, they actually started producing miscellaneous items such as saws and pepper grinders. 

In 1880, the company ventured into producing bicycles, this is something which is definitely more relevant to the Peugeot we see today. In the 1880s bicycles were a mode of transportation that most people used, so it is fair to suggest that Peugeot were innovative and groundbreaking at that moment in time.

Peugeot is known for using a lion image in their branding and this dates as far back as when the brand was first launched in the 1880s, the company used a lion as it signifies strength and speed, as this is how Peugeot wants to portray their vehicles. 

The Start of Peugeot Automotive

In 1889, the first Peugeot car was introduced, it was powered using steam and the car was deemed revolutionary. However, the use of steam cars was not practical as steam engines are bulky and heavy and they could not be used for decent length journeys. Even though Peugeot were not the first inventors of the car, they definitely had an initial role in the automotive industry.

Soon after, the company paired up with inventors to create a four-wheeled petrol combustion car and this concept is still used in today’s Peugeot.

Modern Day Peugeot

Peugeot continued to manufacture cars during World War II, after the war had ended they branched out globally. For the first time, Peugeot models were being manufactured in Australia, this brought a global audience to Peugeot and this push really helped the company to become who they are today.

Today, Peugeot is owned by the PSA (Peugeot S.A) group, this is one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world and they also own Citroen, DS, Vauxhall/Opel. There is definitely a link between the cars which are produced by the companies, as the cars all seem to be of good quality but reasonably priced, it is fair to say that all the PSA brands have the same target audience.

Peugeot is a brand that is loved by all ages, this is because Peugeot has a wide range of models of cars that have the ability to suit the needs of practically everyone.

The company used to produce cars in Coventry, England and this spurred lots of British citizens to purchase Peugeots. However, in April 2006 the British car plant was closed down and their manufacturing was moved overseas.

As mentioned in our All-New Vauxhall Mokka blog, the majority of Vauxhall and Peugeot cars are manufactured in France.

Peugeot sales are particularly high in continental Europe, this is because PSA are a very European company and their models are mostly aimed at a European market. However, western countries such as the UK and the USA still purchase lots of Peugeot vehicles.

Peugeot’s Rivals

As Peugeot are such an established car brand, they have lots of rivals. Here are some examples of Peugeot’s biggest rivals

Ford

Ford was the inventor of the car and today Ford and Peugeot are similar in many ways. The main similarity between the two makes is they are both affordable and produce good quality cars. The Ford manufacturer seems to cater for the same demographics of working people who are looking for good quality, reasonably priced cars.

A key difference between the car makes is Peugeot is more varied with the size and styles of the cars they produce, whereas Ford has a stricter brand style which makes all their cars look more similar to each other.

BMW

BMW is a rival of Peugeot, even though BMWs are usually higher priced and are usually equipped with more technological features than Peugeots, they still have cars such as BMW 1 Series and Peugeot 308 that happen to appeal to the same audience. The key similarity between the two car manufacturers is they both produce family-friendly cars and they both create very popular SUVs.

Fiat

Like Peugeot, Fiat is a popular car brand with Europeans and both carmakers are good with creating vehicles that are great to be used as cheap to run cars and vans. A key difference between the manufacturers is that Peugeot has global recognition whereas Fiat seems to be more European based. It is fair to suggest that on the whole Peugeots are more popular than Fiats.

Audi

Most people believe that Audi shares a lot of similarities to BMW, but they also share some similarities with Peugeot. Audi is known for making high standard family cars and so is Peugeot. The 3008 is known for being a safe, affordable family car and the Audi Q5 is also known for the exact same reasons. However, Audi on the whole makes more expensive cars than Peugeot and this may sway some car buyers towards Peugeot.

Renault

Like Peugeot, Renault is a big French car manufacturer. In France, most people drive a Peugeot or a Renault so they definitely are close rivals in continental Europe. Here in the UK, it is a similar story, when people are about to purchase either a Peugeot or a Renault, it usually is a close decision as the two-car brands are cheap to run and little maintenance is usually required to keep the cars running.

Best Selling Peugeot Models

Peugeot has a big selection of best selling models and here are some examples of their most popular models, according to Top Speed:

  • 208
  • 2008
  • 3008
  • 308
  • 508

The list of the most popular Peugeot models is very diverse as there is a mix of vehicle sizes and engines in the list. This shows Peugeot suits a wide range of people and many people would be happy to purchase a Peugeot as they are very versatile

Are Peugeots suitable for people with a disability?

Yes, in the picture above, British YouTuber, Marcus- The Disabled Reviewer featured a Peugeot 2008 in his YouTube video. 

Marcus himself has limited mobility in his legs and he said the ledge on the drivers’ side of the opening of the car helped him get into his car quickly and most importantly, safely.

Marcus was also able to fit his wheelchair comfortably into the boot of the car. So, overall bigger sized Peugeots such as the Peugeot 2008 are ideal to be used by people who have a disability.

Are Peugeots good value for money?

Yes, Peugeots on the whole are good value for money. As second-hand Peugeots are usually very reasonably priced and they can last for a very long time if they are looked after by having services and general health checks.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed our blog on All About Peugeot, there seems to be a lot of history behind Peugeot. Stay tuned for more car-related articles coming soon.

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