Who are the Major French Car Makers?

France is known for its wine, cheese, and fashion. But did you know that it also has a history of making cars? In this blog post, we will explore the major French car makers from Renault to Citroen.



When it comes to French cars, one of the first names that come to mind is Bugatti. Bugatti was founded by Ettore Bugatti in 1909. Its headquarters are located in Molsheim, France. After World War II, the company was sold to Louis Barthou, who later passed it to his son Jean-Pierre and grandson Guy before selling it again in 1990 to the Italian group Dada SpA (Domenico Aglio). The company was then sold to Volkswagen AG in 1998.

Bugatti is known for its luxury sports vehicles, especially the Veyron, which holds numerous world speed records, including the fastest production car and most expensive production vehicle ever built. The company’s logo bears a resemblance to that of Ettore Bugatti, who designed many of their early cars himself (later models were designed by his son, Jean).



Another major French carmaker is Citroen. The company was founded in 1919 by Andre Citroen and today is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, France. It is a subsidiary of PSA Peugeot Citroen, which is the second-largest automaker in Europe.

Citroen is known for its unique designs, including the Citroen DS, which was first introduced in 1955 and has been called one of the most beautiful cars ever made. The company also produced the world’s first mass-produced diesel engine car and the world’s first hydropneumatic suspension system.



Renault was founded in 1899 by Louis Renault and his brothers. The company is headquartered near Paris, France, and owns the Dacia marque, which sells vehicles in Eastern Europe as well as former French colonies. It also has a stake in Japanese automaker Nissan (the third-largest automaker) through its subsidiary Renault Samsung Motors.

In recent years, Renault has been the world’s largest selling electric vehicle manufacturer. In 2016, they announced a partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi to create the world’s largest automotive alliance, which will sell more than 14 million vehicles annually.



Another major French carmaker is Peugeot. The company was founded in 1858 by Armand Peugeot and today is headquartered in Paris, France. It’s a subsidiary of Groupe PSA, which also owns Citroen, as described above.

Peugeot produces the world’s largest diesel engines with a displacement of up to 13,000 cm³ (13 liters). The company has produced more than 30 million vehicles worldwide, including the first vehicle to break the 100 km/h (62 mph) barrier, commonly referred to as the “Century Mille.”

Peugeot has been partnered with Japanese automaker Toyota since 1999. Together they have created a joint venture that sells vehicles in China under the name Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen Automobile Co., Ltd.



Last but not least, we have Venturi. The company was founded in 1984 by two French engineers, Claude Poiraud and Gerard Godoy. It is headquartered in Monaco and specializes in high-performance electric vehicles.

Venturi has produced a number of record-breaking cars, including the world’s fastest production electric vehicle (the Venturi Fetish which reached a top speed of 271 km/h (168 mph). The company also owns MVS, which is an engineering firm that collaborates with major car manufacturers to create their electric vehicles.

In 2016, Venturi announced the creation of its own brand for premium electric cars called Neuron. They plan on selling it in 2020 and hope it will become the “Tesla of luxury electric vehicles.”

History of French Cars

French cars have come a long way since the first motorized vehicles were invented by Frenchmen. The first French automobile was created in 1769 by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, a French artillery captain. His three-wheeled vehicle, called the fardier à vapeur (steam dray), was not perfected until 1771, when it traveled 300 meters at about four kilometers per hour (a speed of less than one mile per hour).

The first production car in history was also made by a Frenchman named Jean Pierre Peugeot. In 1891, he founded the Peugeot Automobile Company, which still exists today as a subsidiary of Groupe PSA.

The first French car to be mass-produced was the Renault Voiturette in 1898, and it quickly became popular throughout Europe. The company continued to produce successful models throughout the early 1900s.

The Citroen DS was first introduced in 1955 and is often considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made. It featured a unique hydropneumatic suspension system that provided a smooth ride and remained popular throughout the cars of the 1970s.

In recent years, Renault has been the world’s largest selling electric vehicle manufacturer. Peugeot, Venturi, and Citroen all continue to produce successful models that are loved by drivers all over the world. French cars are a force to be reckoned with and show no signs of slowing down!

French carmakers are world-renowned for their innovation and creativity. These French companies continue to produce successful models that are loved by drivers all over the world. The advancement of French cars has made a significant impact around the globe. 

Final Thoughts

The world of cars has changed dramatically over the course of history, and it’s only expected that they’ll continue to change in order to meet our needs. French automakers are no exception; these companies have been innovating for centuries now, producing beautiful models with unique features like hydropneumatic suspension systems or electric vehicles. The future is uncertain, but one thing is clear: France will always be at the forefront of automotive innovation!