Choosing your Peugeot tyres
The most popular tyre sizes, which are installed in various versions of Peugeot cars include: 145/70 R13, 155/70 R13, 175/65 R14, 185/60 R15, 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16, 205/55 R16, 215/55 R16.
Like every car maker, Peugeot cooperates with many tyre manufacturers. This means Peugeot vehicles can come equipped with car tyres supplied by Michelin or Firestone, for example the Peugeot Boxer had Firestone CV3000 tyres fitted while Peugeot 406 originally came out with Michelin Energy tyres.
Peugeot then and now
The company started as a coffee, pepper and salt grinder manufacturer back in 1810. In the 1880s, they took to manufacturing bicycles; Peugeot bikes continued to be built until quite recently.
Peugeot produced its first car in 1882. The first Peugeot model was a three-wheeler powered by a steam engine. In 1890 the company launched a Daimler-licensed car with an internal combustion engine.
During World War I, Peugeot manufactured bicycles, motorcycles, lorries and passenger cars for the French Army. The company also produced aeroplane and tank engines, as well as bombs. Ferdinand Porsche took over the Peugeot facilities after World War II. The 203 model rolled out of the factory after the war.
At the beginning of the 1960s, the company's cars were created in cooperation with the Italian design studio Pininfarina. In 1973, Peugeot bought 30% of Citroën shares and this increased to 90% two years later. Michelin took part in the transaction — it received 10% of Peugeot shares. This is how the PSA Group was created.
The year 1998 marked a breakthrough for the company — the launch of the 206 model. The original body style could also be seen in higher models. Peugeot established its sales representative office in 1992. In June 2008, the 50-millionth Peugeot car was manufactured. At present, the company has 24 manufacturing facilities all over the world.
Peugeot was the first car manufacturer to use rubber wheels. Initially, the tyres were not filled with air — they were made of solid rubber. Air-filled tyres were first used in races by Michelin in 1895.
Special versions of the largest Peugeot executive cars (currently the Peugeot 607 model) are used by the French President. This model is also owned by many French entrepreneurs.
Peugeot cars were awarded the European Car of the Year title four times — in 1969 (the 504 model), 1988 (the 405 model), in 2002 (the 307 model) and in 2014 (the 308 model). Peugeot 3008 won the Best SUV 2017 and Best Medium SUV awards in the Carbuyer Car of the Year 2017.
Popular makes and models
Peugeot offers a large number of car models - the most popular models include:
- Peugeot 205
- Peugeot 206
- Peugeot 306
- Peugeot 405
- Peugeot 406
- Peugeot 605
- Peugeot 607