A brief history of Peugeot scooters
Peugeot Scooters (originally Peugeot Motorcycles) is a subsidiary of French car manufacturer Peugeot. The company developed its first motorcycle, which had a De Dion-Bouton engine mounted on the rear wheel, in 1898. However, although the debut model was displayed at the Paris Exhibition the same year, it was never actually put into production.
In 1901, Peugeot was inspired by the success of the Werner Brothers’ Motobicyclette to produce its own motorcycle using a Swiss Zürcher and Lüthi (ZL) engine. It also began manufacturing quad bikes in the early 1900s, but these didn’t prove to be particularly popular, and production had ceased by 1903.
A 500cc motorcycle with a Double Overhead Camshaft was developed by Peugeot in 1914 – the first of its type. This helped the brand earn its status as a leader in motorcycle production in France until the Fifties.
As times changed, scooters became more popular than mopeds, so Peugeot changed its focus to suit, launching the first Peugeot S55 scooter in 1953. The brand is now famous for its manufacture of scooters and the company achieved record-breaking sales of 550,000 Peugeot bikes in 1974. It also developed large-displacement scooters of 125cc and above in addition to its entry-level 50cc models. These scooters still tend to be popular in Switzerland and France.
Peugeot was particularly active throughout the Nineties, with the launch of the SV scooter in 1990 and the young and trendy Zenith, Buxy and Speedake models in 1995. It also developed the first electric scooter – the Scoot’Elec – and the Speedfight 50 sports scooter, which sold in excess of 500,000 units.
During recent years, Peugeot Motorcycles re-branded to Peugeot Scooters (in 2010) and it has further expanded into the Chinese market.
Peugeot’s range of scooters
- 50cc - Peugeot offers an extensive line-up of scooters in the 50cc category with different features and styling to suit different tastes and budgets. Models are best suited to rural riding and urban commuting and include the current UK’s number one selling scooter – the V-Clic 50cc (YTD April 2012 – Source: MCIA).
- 125cc - Many of Peugeot’s entry-level scooters are also available in the larger 125cc capacity. The majority of models have environmentally-friendly qualities and excellent fuel economy, and the range includes the Vivacity 3, Tweet 125cc, LXR 125cc and Citystar 125cc.
For the current range of Peugeot models, please visit www.peugeotscooters.com
How Bennetts provides scooter insurance for Peugeot owners
We don’t just insure motorcycles – we also specialise in providing competitive scooter insurance. Our experienced advisors work closely with our panel of eight insurers to ensure that you get our best quote to suit your requirements.
Whatever model of Peugeot scooter you have, you’ll want to know that your bike is fully protected by an insurer you can trust. All our policies come complete with a number of additional benefits, including cover when riding other motorcycles and 90-day European Union insurance as standard.
We also have a 24-hour accident and claims team and UK-based call centre, which is open seven days a week. So, when you insure your Peugeot scooter with Bennetts, you can be safe in the knowledge that we’re here to help you, whenever you need us most.
How to get a quote for your Peugeot scooter
Getting an insurance quote for your Peugeot scooter is easy; whether you’re looking for comprehensive, third party fire and theft or third party-only Peugeot scooter insurance. simply call us on 0800 107 7990 ;our team has more than 30 years experience in sourcing the best possible Peugeot scooter insurance quotes, and can tailor your policy to your individual needs. Alternatively get a quote online.
Sources of interest for Peugeot owners and fans
Peugeot Website – the manufacturer’s official site is jam-packed with product and company information, its environmental policies and latest news.
Peugeot UK Website – Peugeot’s UK importer’s site has everything you’ll need if you’re interested in riding Peugeot scooters, from model information to a dealer locator.
Pug Club – a forum-based site dedicated to anything and everything relating to Peugeot scooters.