Peugeot started out as a family business selling coffee mills and bicycle in 1810 and in 1858 Emile Peugeot applied for the now familiar Lion trademark. It wasn't until 1891 that the company produced its first automobile.
More cars followed and by the turn of the century Peugeot was making several hundred cars a year. Along with increasing numbers Peugeot pioneered rubber tyres being fitted to a petrol powered car the first being in 1895.
During the war years Peugeot turned its attention to producing arms and military vehicles for the armed forces.
The post war years saw car production restart with the Peugeot 202 in 1946; this was followed by the Peugeot 203 which offered rack and pinion steering and hydraulic brakes. The 203 was a major success setting sales records and remaining in production until 1960.
Like many European manufacturers of the time Peugeot collaborated with other manufacturers including Renault from 1966 and Volvo from 1972.
1974 saw Peugeot acquire a 30% stake in Citroen which increased to 100% in 1975 helped by substantial funds from the French Government.
The joint company became PSA (Peugeot Societe Anonyme) which planned to keep both Peugeot and Citroens separate brand identities whilst sharing technical and engineering resources.
The early eighties saw Peugeot launch one of its most successful ever models the Peugeot 205 which proved a massive sales success and help turn around the companies flagging fortunes.
Peugeot in the 21st century has plans for developing new models to expand its portfolio to compete in segments and markets that it currently does not compete in, most notably China, Russia India and South America.