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European Car of the Year Award

Peugeot won the European car of the year award three times. Just to show you what this means let us mention that Toyota and Audi only received two and Volkswagen three, the same as Peugeot. We can say that Peugeot is quite successful in this regard.

Number of Awarded Cars per Manufacturer :

  1. FIAT with 9 winners
  2. Renault with 6 winners
  3. Ford with 5 winners
  4. Opel/Vauxhall with 4 winners
  5. Peugeot, Citroen, Volkswagen with 3 winners each
  6. Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler/Simca, Nissan, Rover, Toyota with 2 winners each
  7. Austin, Chevrolet, Lancia, NSU, Porsche with 1 winner each

Peugeot Cars that Won the European Car of the Year Award

Peugeot 504

Introduced in 1968 at Paris Salon, Peugeot 504 immediately grabbed the attention of the world. It later became one of Peugeot’s most successful models of all time. In some countries it was even manufactured under license until 2006. In Europe alone with production ending in 1983, more than three million 504’s were produced. At first it was offered as a family four door saloon and two 1.8 litre petrol engines ( 97 bhp and 82 bhp ) coupled with standard four speed manual transmission or three speed automatic available as an upgrade. Two door coupe and cabriolet versions were introduced along with some new petrol and diesel engines for the range. Top rated was 2.7 litre V6 petrol engine.

Peugeot 504 WRC Rally Victories

  1. Safari Rally in 1975
  2. Rallye du Maroc in 1975
  3. Rallye du Maroc in 1976
  4. Safari Rally in 1978
  5. Rallye Bandama Côte d’Ivoire in 1978

Peugeot 405

Peugeot went all out with 405. Introduced in 1987 as a large family saloon and estate in ten different variants it proved to be great success. What is interesting is that in some countries it’s still produced today ( Egypt and Iran ). More than four and a half million vehicles were produced to date, either by Peugeot or under license by third companies. With 4,41 meters in length and 2,67 meters between wheels ( wheelbase ) it offered plenty of space for a family of five so it’s understandable that it was hugely popular as a first car both in Europe and in the rest of the world. Engines ranging from 65 bhp to 160 bhp offered frugality or performance. Whichever the buyer wanted or could afford.

In 1993 Peugeot spiced it all up with a performance T16 edition that produced 200 bhp. Only 1061 were built. T16 GR version won Paris-Dakar rally two times ( in 1989 and 1990 ).

Peugeot 307

The last Peugeot to receive European car of the year award is Peugeot 307. This small family car was first introduced in 2000 at Paris Motor Show. It was produced as three and five door hatchback, five door estate and sedan in some markets. Four cylinder engines were offered ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 litre in both petrol and diesel.

Peugeot 307 WRC Rally Victories

  1. Rally Finland in 2004
  2. Rally Finland in 2004
  3. Rally Japan in 2005