French Cars

All French car brands

French car manufacturers are quite different from other manufacturers of the world. French designs are super chic, just as you would expect them to be. France released several outstanding movies promoting their cars and this boosted their sales outside of the country. Everyone wanted to be the part of the love story centered on Citroen or Peugeot cars. All this can also be clearly observed in numbers, 3 out of every 4 cars manufactured by the French brands are sold outside of the country. In addition, 23% of all cars sold on the European market are French.

France started its car production history in 1903 and soon it had over 30 brands producing more than 30,000 vehicles. Some of the popular French car manufacturers include Bugatti, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, De Dion Bouton, Delahaye, Facel Vega, Hotchkiss, Lorraine-Dietrich, Panhard, Salmson, Simca and Talbot. Nowadays, only two of these brands Renault-Nissan and PSA Peugeot-Citroen remain the leaders of the world market, holding 4th and 8th place on the world’s manufacturer list. Paris is one of the very few French regions that managed to present two major world class automobile manufacturers, Renault and PSA. French people have always valued their ancestors’ deeds in the history of the automotive industry. It is no surprise that 10% of the working population work for the automobile manufacturers (directly or indirectly). French car models have won many international awards, including the European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year.

Citroën

Citroën logo

Citroën logo

Citroen is one of the greatest French car manufacturers that has produced numerous legendary models that are pleasing to the eye. The company was founded by Andre Citroen in 1919. He managed to release the first car, the 1,327 cc Type A by the end of the year. In that year, Citroen produced up to 3000 cars and only ten years later it was producing no less than 102,891 vehicles. It was in 1999, that Citroen truly blossomed; its annual production exceeded 1 million for the first time. Among famous Citroen models is the Citroen DS, a four-door, front-engine, front-wheel-drive car that stood out with its super handling. It was quite of a revolution in the business class drive in that era. The DS model was named the most beautiful car of all times by Classic & Sports Car magazine. It also took the 3rd place in Car of the Century award. Citroen DS was one of the favorite cars of the famous actor Louis de Funes. Another famous model from Citroen is Citroen 2CV. It has a unique, not so pretty design, and definitely has a word or two to say when it comes to the powerful cars.

Renault

Renault logo

Renault logo

Renault is another legendary French manufacturer that always surprised the world with various models, including Renault 4CV, Twingo, Fregate, Espace, 5 Turbo, Megane, etc. The company was state owned since 1944 and became privatized only in 1996. Renault is also a successful participant of Formula 1 races. One of its latest winnings was with the participation of its stunning Renault Alpine, which has to yet appear on the markets. Alpine can easily compete with famous sports car like Porsche Boxster and Mazda Miata. Right now, everyone is waiting for the new Alpine model to enter mass production. The first time that the diamond symbol logo of the brand appeared was in 1925; the model that it was used on was 40CV. The 4CV was secretly designed during World War II; its production dates were from 1946 to 1952. The Renault 4CV was also the first French car to sell over a million. It should be remarked that the luxurious 7,539 cc Type CB “Towncar” was on the famous Titanic during its tragic night in 1912. Renault is also enthusiastically looking into the future and has already released its first compact electro car for one person. French government is even thinking about the idea of popularizing the model as a rental car for the tourists.

Peugeot

Peugeot logo

Peugeot logo

A lot can be said about this popular French brand based on its logo, which has been changed constantly. The frequent change of the design of the logo talks about the fact that the company is regularly searching for various renovations to incorporate in its models. The Lion Fil, as they call it, expresses the values and the history of the brand. Recently, Peugeot added the paws of the same scale to their lion to support their increased power and balance. As for the blue, it represents the futuristic side of the company. Peugeot vehicles are known to be some of the best rides on the tough roads of the outer France. Peugeot models have also shown great results at Le Mans races that has some of the toughest tracks. The brands new concept, Peugeot CR1has truly remarkable design and it is slowly crawling its way to the top. On the contrary to Renault, Peugeot produces vehicles that are a little more “French styled”. All in all, Peugeot is undeniably the brand for the lions, the true fighters.

Bugatti

bugatti logo

bugatti logo

Even though, Bugatti is not on the top list of the world vehicle manufacturers, it should be mentioned when talking about the French car brands for the wowing designs of its models. The founder of the company, Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was Ettore Bugatti, an artist and a constructor who was originally from Italy. The company was founded in the city of Molsheim, Alsace, which was then German. Bugatti cars are famous for their stunning designs, high performance and success on the race tracks. Some of the famous Bugatti models include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 “Royale”, the Type 57 “Atlantic” and the Type 55 sports car. Unfortunately, the death of the company founder in 1947 was more or less the end for this gorgeous brand. By then, only about 8000 cars were released. In 1950s, Bugatti released one last model. Nowadays, the name is owned by famous German brand Volkswagen and only has a limited production of exclusive sports cars. This makes the brand even more desirable and luxurious.