Peugeot celebrates 200 years

Peugeot is celebrating a major milestone this year as the manufacturer celebrates its 200th anniversary – initially as a small manufacturing company producing all manner of things.

It isn’t the only anniversary this year; Alfa Romeo is celebrating its centenary and Italian design house Pininfarina – most notably linked with Ferrari cars – is 80 this year.

So it would be the perfect time to look back on one of the most successful Peugeot cars of recent times.

The Peugeot 406 was a coup for the French manufacturer. This was because it was a family production car designed by Pininfarina, the design house behind the Maseratio GranTurismo and the iconic Ferrari F40.

When it arrived in the UK, the Peugeot 406 was an instant success. The Pininfarina-style made it one of the best looking affordable cars on the market.

The car even featured in the Taxi film, and the subsequent sequels. Over the years it has become an icon in its own right, appearing in the popular Gran Turismo computer game and even spawning its own fan club.

Strangely enough the Peugeot 406 Coupe Club is also celebrating a milestone this year as it turns five years old.

Eventually, the Peugeot 406 was discontinued in 2003, only to be replaced by the Peugeot 407.

The Peugeot 407 has continued the tradition of the 406, with a sports car style front end not taking away from impressive safety ratings (five stars in the EuroNCAP tests).

Praised for a smooth, comfortable drive – even on UK roads – the Peugeot 407 is another example of French manufacturer’s growing influence in a once German-dominated segment.

All that is left to say is happy anniversary Peugeot and Pininfarina, here’s to many more like the 406 and 407.

A live draw to win the new Peugeot RCZ coupe will be made on 11 June at http://www.itchoosesyou.co.uk. You can enter the draw at the It Choose You website and to get an extra chance to win the draw, participants can invite friends to join the group.