The first car to cross the finish line was a car with a steam engine. However, as it did not comply with the rules of the race due to an incomplete crew, the grand prize went to Albert Lemaitre, who started the race with 3 horsepower Peugeot. A total of 102 participants had registered for the Paris-Rouen trip. Although everyone had already paid the entry fee of 10 francs, most of them did not even attend the qualifying competitions. As a result, only 21 cars left Paris for Rouen.
The first French champion in the USA
In 1913, French racer Jules Goux, who had won a Le Mans race with a Peugeot L-76 the previous year, went to the United States to win a 500-mile race in Indianapolis. His average speed in this distance was 122.2 kilometers per hour.
Bugatti and Peugeot have something in common
Just three years after founding his company, Ettore Bugatti created the Peugeot Bébé in 1912, which is equipped with an 850 cubic centimeter four-cylinder engine. Looking at this car, it will not be difficult to see the most characteristic style elements of Bugatti cars.
Peugeot two-wheeled vehicles are no stranger to it, so it is only natural that the first S55 scooter was born in 1953. Peugeot still manufactures scooters and over the years it has been the French manufacturer that has tested and implemented various innovations. For example, in 1982 the company launched the first scooter with plastic trim, in 1995 the first electric scooter Scoot’Elec came out, while the Elystar scooter was the first to get the anti-lock braking system ABS.
Peugeot has considerable success and extensive experience in a wide range of motorsport disciplines. The cars of this manufacturer have won the World Rally Championship (WRC) five times, as well as three times unbeaten in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.
In the Dakar Rally, Peugeot cars triumphed a total of seven times: from 1987 to 1990 and from 2016 to 2018. For a long time, Peugeot also had a record for driving on the Pikspeak Hill, set in 2013 by nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb with a specially designed prototype of the Peugeot 208 Pikes Peak. By the way, Lēbs, who covered the track in 8 minutes and 13 seconds, broke the previous record by about a minute and a half. The record set by Leba fell only five years later.
Employees and their football club
In 1928, Jean-Pierre Pesho founded the Sochaux Football Club with the sole purpose of providing active leisure time for employees. The club represented the lowest league in the Franche-Comte region and already in the first game three weeks after its founding won a devastating victory with 12: 1.
From then on, Peugeot looked at football more professionally and even started paying players salaries. The company’s passion for the sport laid a solid foundation for football in France, and to further strengthen its position, the Socha team merged with another association in the 1930s to become the Sochaux-Montbéliard football club. The name of the club has remained unchanged to this day.
Over the years, the Soso – Montbeliard club has climbed higher and played in both the second and first leagues.
In the company’s history, Peugeot cars have won six European Car of the Year titles, the very first of which was won by the legendary Peugeot 504 in 1969. Almost two decades later, in 1988, the Model 405 climbed to the top of the European Automobile Olympics, roads. The Model 307 won the title in 2002, the 308 in 2014, the SUV 3008 in 2017, and the French celebrated its 210th anniversary with the new Peugeot 208, which became the European Car of the Year 2020. The jury, whose vote determined the place In the final of the competition, the choice of Peugeot 208 engines was highlighted, as the car is available with petrol, diesel and electric motors.
Peugeot has also competed in the Latvian Car of the Year competition with recognizable results. In 2004, the main trophy of the competition was won by Peugeot 407, but in recent years Peugeot has won laurels in additional nominations. For example, in the Latvian Car of the Year 2019 competition, the Peugeot 508 model won recognition for the best design, while the Peugeot 208 won the Latvian Small Car 2020 award in the Latvian Car of the Year 2020 competition.