Sunday, November 09, 2008

Two long-established French auto companies that are popular in Europe and Asia: Peugeot and Citroen

Originally uploaded by Sheelin
Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën. It is the second largest automaker in Europe, behind Volkswagen. Peugeot's roots go back to pepper, salt and coffee mill manufacturing in 1842 and later bicycle manufacturing at the end of the 19th century. Its world headquarters are in Paris, says Wikipedia.

Peugeot is also famous for its bicycles, motor scooters, trucks and grand prix racing cars.

Citroën (pronounced See-Troh-Enn) is a French automobile manufacturer, founded in 1919 by André Citroën.

Originally a mass-market car maker with relatively straightforward designs, Citroën shocked the world in 1934 with the innovative Traction Avant, the world's first mass-production front wheel drive car (1934–56).

Significant models include the H Van (1947–81, "HY"), the 2CV (1948–90, "The Duck"), the DS (1955–1975, "Goddess") and the CX (1974–91).

Shown: a new Peugeot convertible at home in Ireland.

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