Top 5 French Car Manufacturers in the World

French Car Manufacturers amongst other countries is making clean waves too with the kind of tremendous cars coming out from there and being sold in millions of units all over the world. OICA according to 2019 statistics ranked France 10th in the list of world’s best car producing countries ahead of Thailand and Canada and behind Brazil and Spain, selling a total unit of 2.20million cars.

Top 5 French Car Manufacturers in the World

 Here are the best automobile manufacturers making the magic happen;

1. Peugeot:

This automobile company is rated among the oldest automobile companies in the world. It began productions in 1810 even though they did not begin car production immediately. The brand was established by Jean-Pierre and Frédéric Peugeot following the footsteps of their father initially with the production of coffee grinders, band saws, umbrella frames, dye work, oil and grain mills before they decided to push it up a notch.

Today this company is the first top car manufacturing company in the world. The company produced their debut car in 1889 in collaboration with Léon Serpollet and with this production they became the world’s second-oldest car manufacturer and the oldest continuous brand.

In 1929 they started using their trademark numbers 201 and 308 till date, even though they have also adopted a new set of interesting number combinations. Asides the numbers, they also produced another trademark in 1947 which was a lion badge.

Their models have been tried, tasted and confirmed fit to be racing cars and this gives a clue as to how much speed their cars can have. From 2011 till 2020 the company has sold about over 3million cars.

Here is a list of some their finest models in the market;

  • Peugeot 3008
  • Peugeot 308
  • Peugeot 208
  • Peugeot 307
  • Peugeot Expero
  • Peugeot 407
  • Peugeot 207
  • Peugeot 206
  • Peugeot 4007
  • Peugeot 106
  • Peugeot 607
  • Peugeot 504
  • Peugeot 1007
  • Peugeot 408
  • Peugeot 309
  • Peugeot Boxer
  • Peugeot 505
  • Peugeot 604
  • Peugeot 205
  • Peugeot Bipper
  • Peugeot VLV
  • Peugeot Talbot Samba Amongst other models.


2. Bugatti:

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Pre-dating Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren, Bugatti is one of the oldest supercar manufacturers in France. In 1909 in the city of Molsheim which is the present-day Alsace region of France, Ettore Bugatti, an automobile designer and producer set up his own automobile industry.

His son worked together with him and they kept test driving their models until it was fit to be in the sports cars racing competition. Their Bugatti type 35 won the debut Monaco Grand Prix.

In 1998 the brand was later adopted by Volkswagen and the Bugatti Veyron they manufactured made heavy waves and brought them back into the market after their major setback. This car was named after Pierre Veryon, the resilient test driver.

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The car also was the first production car to ever reach a top speed of 253mph and it’s super sport version had a higher speed of 268mph.

Here are some other Bugatti models in the market;

  • Bugatti La Voiture Noire
  • Bugatti type 10
  • Bugatti type 41 Royale
  • Bugatti type 75SC Atlantic
  • Bugatti Divo
  • Bugatti type 35
  • Bugatti type 29/30
  • Bugatti Chiron
  • Bugatti EB 110 SS And the list goes on.


3. Renault:

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After the Peugeot ranking as the first top automobile industry in France, the Renault follows suit. The company was founded by three brothers named Louis, Marcel and Fernand Renault in the year 1898. They began racing their own cars in 1899.

Since then, their cars have won the Le Mans 24 hours, Rally wins and F1 world champions. The Renault group was nationalized and later privatized; however, they have collaborated with many automobile companies including Nissan and together with Mitsubishi.

Here are some of the best Renault releases;

  • Megane (hatchback)
  • Captur (SUV)
  • Koleos (SUV)
  • Fluence (Sedan)
  • Lutecia/Clio (hatchback) Et cetera.


4. Alpine:

The Alpine company ranked 5th following the Bugatti in 4th place as the top automobile industries in France. They began manufacturing cars in 1955. The young producer after racing in the Renault 4CV got the company purchased in 1973 by Renault.

However, they produced independently until 1995. Few years later Renault relaunched the Alpine brand with an A110 model and its sales skyrocketed within a short period of time from 7 sales in 2017 to over 4,000 in the years that followed.


5. Citroen DS:

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Following swiftly behind Renault, the Citroen brand ranked 3rd in the best automobile industries in France. The Citroen and DS brand had a relationship in the car business before they both separated and began independently.

Citroen was founded in 1919 by Citroen after he bought a chevron-formed gear that was used in milling. Till today their Cult-classic V2 has millions of fans and keeps making waves in the automobile market.

Wrap Up

Having read about these amazing companies and the tremendous designs and models they have come up with, there is no doubt anywhere that they are and should be top ranking in France anytime any day.


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