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September 6, 1891 – Peugeot debuts the Type 3 Quadricycle
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September 6, 1891 – Peugeot debuts the Type 3 Quadricycle

On this day in 1891 the Peugeot Type 3 Quadricycle debuted. The company manufactured 64 of these internal combustion powered vehicles between 1891 and 1894. It marked the second attempt by Peugeot to build a petrol powered auto, though multiple steam powered prototypes had come first. After company founder Armand Peugeot consulted with early automobile engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Emile Levassor, he became convinced internal combustion was the future of transportation. His Type 3 featured an engine designed by Daimler that produced 2hp, giving the vehicle an approximate top speed of 11 mph. To debut the Type 3 Armand Peugeot ran a demonstration model in the inaugural Paris-Brest-Pariscycle race beginning on this day in 1891. The car ran for 2,045 kilometres (1,271 miles), from...
August 6, 1991 – Peugeot leaves North America
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August 6, 1991 – Peugeot leaves North America

Sales of Peugeot and other European automakers took a significant downturn in the US and Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This resulted in the release of the Peugeot 405 (pictured), a last ditch effort by the company to remain viable in North America. It proved unsuccessful, selling less than 1,000 units. When total Peugeot sales only hit 4,261 in 1990 and 2,240 between January and July of the following year, the company decided to pull out of the US and Canadian markets after 33 years. The fateful announcement was made official this day in 1991.

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