Five interesting facts about Peugeot 0

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Peugeot – without doubt one of the globe’s motoring thoroughbreds. But how much do you really know about Peugeot? The French carmaker has an interesting history.

  1. Peugeot started life as a coffee mill. Yes, when Peugeot first started out as a company it wasn’t cars they produced, but coffee. In 1810, brothers Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre II converted their father’s grain mill into a steel foundry. They produced all sorts of steel materials from coffee grinders, salt and pepper pots, springs, saws and even umbrella frames.
  2. The first Peugeot had three wheels. It wasn’t until almost sixty years later that Peugeot made their automobile. Designed by Leon Serpollet, the first four cars were steam powered and had not four wheels, but three. The size of the engine meant that it took a considerable amount of time to actually warm up; this saw the company switch to petrol, the first edition of which came out in 1890.
  3. Peugeot made military vehicles during the war. World War I saw the company take a temporary break from producing cars and switch their attention to military vehicles for the duration of the conflict. Over the four years, they produced arms, bicycles, tanks and shells.
  4. Peugeot produced an electric car in 1941. Electric vehicles are a buzzword these days. But Peugeot had the run on the competition with the technology by producing one back as long ago as 1941.
  5. Peugeot has a presence in 160 countries worldwide. Now 207 years old, Peugeot is France’s leading car maker, 9th overall in the world.

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