In France, there are three major French car manufacturers: Citroën (pronounced sih-tro-n), Peugeot (puh-joh), and Renault (ruh-no). If you happen to be in France, you’ll see these cars everywhere, so I decided to make an article dedicated to the wonderful cars of France. Let’s take a closer look at the popular French car brands.
The first French car manufacturer we’ll discuss is Citroën, which can be identified by the dual chevron on the front of their vehicles.
Citroen was founded in 1919 by French entrepreneur André-Gustave Citroen, who had nothing to produce after World War 1 ended. This attempt resulted in the establishment of the first mass-production automobile manufacturer outside of the United States. Citroen was a forerunner in the contemporary concept of establishing a sales and service network to support automobiles.
Citroen had grown from a small vehicle manufacturer in France to Europe’s largest and fourth-largest automaker in the world in just eight years. By 1955, the 2CV had become a national symbol in France.
The second car manufacturer is Renault – represented by a diamond logo. Renault also owns the car brands Dacia and Lada.
Started in 1899 by two brothers – this French car company.
Peugeot, pronounced “puh-joh,” is the last French manufacturer we’re going to talk about today. Despite being last, that doesn’t diminish the brand’s significance in the French automotive world.
Peugeot goes back to 1896, when Armand Peugeot started the company in France. Since then, the brand Peugeot has won several awards, produced military equipment during WW2, and even has some history in the racing scene. Nowadays, the company offers electric vehicles, utility vehicles, SUVs, RVs, family cars, and hatches.
The Peugeot brand can be identified by the lion emblem. The Peugeot 208 and 308 are the brand’s best sellers and they sold like hotcakes in 2017.