French Car Brands
French Car Brands: Peugeot, Citroën and Renault Included
French car brands consist of some of the biggest names in the world. Starting in 1889, Peugeot came out with the first car ever made under a French company. While steam-powered, the following year would be when France had its first ever petrol running vehicle produced by Peugeot. Now, many of the same car brands are on top of the French automobile industry.
Peugeot first incorporated in 1810 and manufactured coffee mills and bicycles. In 1889, the company introduced a steam-powered vehicle. Now, the company is known for creating award winning vehicles that the world loves.
Among the vehicles currently in production are:
- Peugeot 2008/3008/5008
- Peugeot 108/208/308/508
Many of these vehicles feature 3-door, 5-door, hybrid, crossover and numerous other models of each vehicle.
Citroën merged with our last member on our list in 1976, but the companies still maintain their independent nature. Citroën was founded in 1919 and is well-known for being the first company to mass-produce automobiles outside of the US. It took the company just 4 years before they would become the largest auto manufacturer in Europe and the 4th largest in the world.
The company produced over 1.2 million vehicles in 2013 alone. Among the company’s most popular models are:
- New C1
- C4 / Cactus / Picasso
- Berlingo Multispace
- C5 Saloon / Tourer
- DS3 / Carbio
- New Relay
Renault is the last of the major car brands within France. While many other brands exist, there are three main brands, all of which have been mentioned. Renault was established in 1899 and has since grown to become the 3rd largest auto manufacturer in Europe. The company is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and is headquartered in France.
Statistics show that this company produced a staggering 2.7 million vehicles in 2013. Among the brand’s most popular models are:
- Megane Hatch / Coupe / Sport Tourer / Cabriolet
- Scenic / XMOD / Grand Scenic
- Twizy (Electric)
- Zoe (Electric)
- Kangoo Van Z.E.
Manufacturer of some of the worlds’ most expensive vehicles, Bugatti was around in 1909 and saw its closure in 1963. Afterwards, the brand came back in 1987 and would again close in 1995. Now, Volkswagen bought the right to use the Bugatti name in 1998. The company only employs 73 people with an output of 38 vehicles in 2011.
Catering to the ultra-wealthy, a Veyron 16.4, for example, costs 1.1 million euros.
Bugatti currently only produces the Veyron 16.4. While the manufacturer hoped the 16C Galibier would take the Veyron’s place, this hope never materialized.
Dacia is an interesting addition to our list simply because the brand is from Romania. However, the brand was purchased by the Renault group from France and has since become a driving force in the country’s automobile industry.
Founded in 1966, the company employees 13,000 people and produces 412,000 units per year.
Among the many vehicles in the company’s inventory are:
- Logan MCV
- Sandero / Stepway
Dacia caters to the masses by offering very affordable vehicles with starting prices under 10,000 euros.
The French automotive industry is also seeing a surge of foreign companies trying to break into their market. Some of the biggest auto groups from around the world can be seen selling vehicles within the country’s borders. A few of the household brands that sell vehicles in the country are:
- Mercedes Benz
Many smaller French brands are also trying to enter into the French market with many being purchased by larger entities.