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History Of The French Lion Cars

Aug 8, 2008
Peugeot is now considered the biggest French car manufacturer ahead of Citroen who are now owned partly by Peugeot to form the company: PSA Peugeot Citroen. Because of this success, Peugeot now has many dealerships across the UK and their cars are famed for good styling and reliability. Peugeot first started to make cars in 1889 with a steam powered three-wheeled car, this however was not very practical and the following year Peugeot switched to an internal combustion engine run on petrol. At the turn of the 20th century, Peugeot had to compete with Ford and Mercedes Benz to be the top car maker and they released numerous cars such as the type 105, 127 and the Peugeot Phaeton. This rivalry sparked the car market into what it is today and many people now buy Peugeot's for their good styling and build quality.

France has not been noted over the years to produce great cars unlike their close rivals from Germany and Japan, and it was this reputation that affected sales of their cars. But In France, Peugeot and Citroen cars were going down a hit and French farmers especially liked them. This is because many of the cars featured independent suspension that allowed farmers to travel across their fields in relative comfort compared to other cars from foreign rivals. This is because to start with Peugeot and Citroen were only selling their cars in France and it wasn't until later that they sold worldwide.

There are many models on sale now in the Peugeot range that will suit everybody. Some of the current cars in the range include the small 107, 1007, 206 and 207 that make Peugeot one of the leaders in the small car market with a lot of choice for people to choose from. The small coupe range is also catered for with two models the 307, and the 308. The large coupe and performance saloon part of the market is very limited with only one car in the range; the 407.

Peugeot also have a business class car that can compete with the BMW 6 and 7 series and the Mercedes E class the Peugeot 607. This offers not as many gadgets and gizmos as the German rivals but it is a lot cheaper and of the same built quality to a standard. Recently Peugeot have also released the 407 which is a SUV/off roader that offers the same type of space and performance of the Nissan X trail and BMW X3.

The largest cars in the range that Peugeot can offer are the people carriers the 807 and Tepee variants that offer a variety of size and equipment. This means that Peugeot have got a very wide range of cars available that are sold all around the UK from Peugeot dealerships. This means that there is a Peugeot out there for all types of people and jobs whether it is transporting businessmen to meetings or families across the country to holiday destinations.

With Peugeot selling more cars every year and their reputation increasing especially with sponsorship from major events such as the Rugby world cup in 2007 and their snappy slogan "the drive of your life". This can only be a good thing. More and more dealerships across the UK will open and offer more opportunities to the public to own a Peugeot.
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Motoring expert Thomas Pretty looks into the development of cars present in Peugeot dealerships and their rise as a major industry player.
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