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1965 - 1973

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Despite previously specialising in traditional saloon cars, Peugeot embraces front-wheel drive on the 204.

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The 504 convertible
504: East African Safari '70

1968 Peugeot previews its new top of the range model, the 504, at the Paris Show in September. Construction of a 1,424m developmental race track at its technical centre in Belchamp.

1969 Launch of the 304 and 504 coupé and convertible. Launch of the ZF automatic gearbox on the 504. Peugeot becomes the second largest French maker of private cars.

1970 Peugeot’s annual production exceeds 500,000 units.

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The 504 Coupé

1971 A technical agreement is signed in June between Peugeot, Renault and Volvo, to design a V8 engine for use by the three manufacturers. The engine takes the final form of a V6 engine, called the PRV.

1972 At the Paris Motor Show in October 1972, Peugeot unveils its small mass market saloon car, the 104. This is the smallest 4-door car in the world. It will be built in Mulhouse, which has 9,000 workers while Sochaux employs 35,000. In all, the automobile operations of the Peugeot group and its subsidiaries represent 57,000 jobs out of a total of 71,000. Acquisition of the factory at Romilly-sur-Seine, where all the manufacturing operations of Cycles Peugeot will be centred from 1987 onwards.

1973 Automobiles Peugeot adopts the form of management and administration of a European public company, with a supervisory board and executive board. The total number of vehicles built by Peugeot over the years reaches the figure of 8 million.

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The 104

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