Peugeot is a French manufacturer that started its roots with coffee mills and spice grinders for more than 170 years. It is believed to be one of the world’s oldest companies which is marked by humble beginnings towards the success of what it is today. In 1889, it showcased the first Peugeot-branded automobile powered by steam at the World Fair in Paris. Alongside the motor vehicle, it also manufactured bicycles and motorcycles that transported the French population to and from work on a daily basis.
In the 1930s, the Peugeot brand established itself as a mass-brand manufacturer and started the principle of calling their models with a three-digit number with a zero in the middle. The most notable models popular during the day were the 2 and 4 offering a great deal of aerodynamics and modernization we’ve come to know in cars of today such as the unibody construction and the frugality of a diesel-fed motor. Other inventions include the first electric folding steel roof among its convertible models in 1935.
The company also ventured success into the motorsport community since the infancy of its time as the brand had always showcased its reliability and endurance prowess including several rally races since the 1960s and the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1930s until today.
In the Philippines, Peugeot is officially imported and distributed by BA Motors Philippines, Inc. (BAMPI). Operations began in November 2012 under a different distributor, but Peugeot has since changed hands since January 2022 and is now under BAMPI. Since then, Peugeot managed to slot itself as one of the country’s most promising European automotive manufacturers. Currently, the French automaker offers models including the 2008, 3008, 5008, and Traveller Premium family van.