France or Republique Francaise (French Republic) is a sovereign state in Western Europe. The capital is Paris. This nation was a pioneer of automotive industry.
List of French automotive companies
History of automobiles in France Edit
18th and 19th centuries Edit
1769 - Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot builds the first self-propelled mechanical vehicle.
1859 - Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir develops an internal combustion engine.
1884 - Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville is credited in France with building the first petrol-powered automobile.
1885 - Amedee Bollee begins manufacturing steam-powered vehicles.
1887 - Leon Serpollet begins building steam-powered vehicles.
1887 - Panhard et Levassor established as a car manufacturing concern by Rene Panhard and Emile Levassor, with the first car produced in 1891.
1894 - Albert de Doin and Georges Bouton produce a single-cylinder petrol-powered engine and in 1898 produced a four-wheeler. They had previously built steam-powered vehicles beginning in 1883.
1896 - Armand Peugeot starts to build and fit his own engines to his cars.
1896 - Leon Bollee builds petrol-powered cars.
1900 to 1950 Edit
1903 - France remains the world's leading automaker, producing 30,124 cars (nearly 49% of the world total) as against 11,235 cars produced in the United States.
1911 - The French branch of Hispano-Suiza is founded. Auto production is ended in 1938.
1919 - Citroen is founded by Andre-Gustave Citroen.
1929 - French annual automobile production peaked at 253,000 passenger cars.