Armand Peugeot

Inducted 1999

Founded the French automobile firm Societe Anonyme Des Automobiles Peugeot

Armand Peugeot was a leader in the early worldwide development of the automobile. Between 1824 and 1882, the Peugeot family operated factories in France that produced springs, tooling devices, coffee grinders and sewing machines. Beginning in 1882, the family’s factories began successfully producing bicycles. By 1891, Peugeot had become an established brand in the booming motorcycle industry. A visionary and a daring young man, Armand Peugeot decided to combine a tricycle-like contraption with a Daimler internal combustion engine to create a powered vehicle that worked reasonably well. In spite of ridicule from his family, Peugeot set up a workshop in 1896, naming it the Societe Anonyme Des Automobiles Peugeot. In 1910, he combined his company with one formed with relatives. Both makes continued to be called Peugeot, and they all wore the same emblem: a roaring lion. The firm founded by Armand Peugeot is known today as PSA Peugeot Citro, which employs nearly 140,000 workers on five continents to maintain the brand as one of Europe’s three major automobile producers.

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