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About Peugeot

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 bicycle manufacturing at the end of the 19th century. Its headquarters are in Paris, Avenue de la Grande Armée, close to Porte Maillot and the Concorde Lafayette Hotel.

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Early history

Although the Peugeot factory had been in the manufacturing business since the 1700s, the company's entry into the world of wheeled vehicles was by means of crinoline dresses, which used steel rods, leading to umbrella frames, wire wheels, and ultimately bicycles. Armand Peugeot introduced the Peugeot "Le Grand Bi" penny-farthing in 1882 and along with a range of other bicycles. Peugeot bicycles continued to be built until very recently, although the car company and bike company parted ways in 1926.

Armand Peugeot became interested in the automobile early on, and after meeting with Gottlieb Daimler and others, was convinced of its viability. The first Peugeot automobile (a three-wheeled steam-powered car designed by Léon Serpollet) was produced in 1889; only four were made. Steam power was heavy and bulky and required lengthy warmup times. In 1890, after meeting Gottlieb Daimler and Emile Levassor, steam was abandoned in favour of a four-wheeled car with a petrol-fuelled internal combustion engine built by Panhard under Daimler licence. The car was more sophisticated than many of its contemporaries, with a three-point suspension and a sliding-gear transmission.

More cars followed, twenty-nine were built in 1892. These early models were given "Type" numbers with the Type 12, for example, dating from 1895. Peugeot became the first manufacturer to fit rubber tires to a petrol-powered car that year (solid tires). Peugeot was also an early pioneer in motor racing, entering the 1894 Paris-Rouen Rally with five cars (placing second, third {Pierre Giffard, who had conceived the trial}, and fifth {Koechlin}), the 1895 Paris-Bordeaux with three, where they were beaten by Panhard's car. This also marked the debut of Michelin pneumatic tyres. The vehicles were still very much horseless carriages in appearance and were steered by a tiller.

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4-seat
S4 16v 2.0L      M-6
              
   

Peugeot RC (2002)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 1997 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
4-seat
S4 16v 2.2L      M-6
              
   

Peugeot RC 2.2 D (2002)

4-seater, diesel 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 2179 cm3 / 133.0 cu in / 133.0 cu in, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 16v 2.2L DOHC M-6
128.3 kW / 172.1 hp / 172.1 hp  400.0 N·m / 295.0 lb·ft / 295.0 lb·ft
   

Peugeot RC Diamonds (2002)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, diesel 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2168 cm3 / 132.3 cu in / 132.3 cu in, 128.3 kW / 172.1 hp / 172.1 hp, 400.0 N·m / 295.0 lb·ft / 295.0 lb·ft, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 230 km/h / 143 mph / 143 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 16v 2.0L DOHC M-6
132.0 kW / 177.0 hp / 177.0 hp  202.0 N·m / 149.0 lb·ft / 149.0 lb·ft
   

Peugeot RC Spades (2002)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1997 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 132.0 kW / 177.0 hp / 177.0 hp, 202.0 N·m / 149.0 lb·ft / 149.0 lb·ft, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 230 km/h / 143 mph / 143 mph top speed

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