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French Car Brands

Peugeot, Renault, and Citroën are three of the most well-known and popular French car brands.

France was among the earliest pioneers in auto production. Currently, France is Europe's second only to Germany when it comes to car manufacturing. The country is also one of the pillars of the global automobile industry; according to statistics, over 2.5 million people were involved in France's automobile industry at one time.

French cars tend to have small bodies and novel designs, which have made them popular among Western Europeans. For example, Renault's Twingo minicar has won the first place in European sales for many times. However, French carmakers are not as good at making luxury cars or sports cars as German, American and Japanese companies--a fact that is undoubtedly a pity for France's car industry.

The two main automotive manufacturers in France are PSA Peugeot Citroën, makers of Peugeot and Citroen, and Renault, which makes Renault and Dacia (in Romania).

Let's take a look, Which car brands are on the list.

Supercar Brands

Bugatti is a French supercar brand that was founded in 1909 by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. The company is known for producing high-performance sports cars, with a focus on design and engineering excellence. In the early years, Bugatti produced some of the most iconic cars of the era, including the Type 35, which was one of the most successful racing cars of all time. Today, the brand is owned by the Volkswagen Group, and continues to produce high-performance sports cars that are sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts around the world.

Which Bugatti is the fastest?

The fastest car is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Top Speed: 267.856 mph (431.072 km/h), Ranked 4th among the 20 fastest car in the world.

Luxury Car Brands

In 2014, DS Automobiles was established as a standalone brand, with the goal of creating a unique identity that would differentiate it from Citroën and other competitors in the luxury vehicle market. However, DS may not be selling as many vehicles as some other luxury automakers.

Mass Market Brands

Renault, Peugeot, and Citroën are the most well-known France car brands in the mass market due to their large market share in Europe countries, as well as their presence in France as the top three best-selling car brands.

Sports Car Brands

Alpine achieved considerable success in motorsports throughout the 1960s and 1970s, winning several championships and races, including the 1973 World Rally Championship. The company's success in racing helped to establish it as one of the most respected and admired sports car brands in France and around the world.

Small Cars

Aixam is a French car brand that specializes in producing small, lightweight cars. The company cars are particularly popular in France, but they are also sold in other European countries, as well as in Asia and South America.

Defunct Car Brands

Although Talbot is no longer in production, the brand still holds a special place in the hearts of many car enthusiasts (such as 1937 Talbot-Lago, Talbot-Matra), particularly in France where it was founded and where it was once a major player in the automotive industry.

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