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Five Oldest Car Makers

Five Oldest Car Makers


As Citroën celebrates its 100th birthday, we take a look at 5 other car makers who’ve already celebrated 100 years of motor manufacturing..

The car is such an integral part of our lives that it's sometimes hard to realise that automobiles haven't been around all that long; so, as Citroën celebrates its 100th birthday, we take a look at 5 other car makers who’ve already celebrated their 100th anniversary.


Founded:         1810

Founder:         Armand Peugeot

Type 2 Peugeot motor carPeugeot began as a coffee mill company, changing through manufacturing bicycles to salt, pepper and coffee grinders. Hen in 1882 Peugeot began building automobiles.

Peugeot has continued to be a very successful car maker winning five European of the Car Awards, five World Rally Championships and two Intercontinental Le Mans Cups amongst others.

Today Peugeot is a subsidiary of Group PSA which includes Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall.


Founded:         1883

Founders:        Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler

Very old Mercedes-Benz man

As Janis Joplin famously sang, ’Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz’. This desirable German marque was founded in 1883 by Karl Benz, he didn’t join together with the other manufacturers to for Mercedes-Benz until 1926, but Benz designed and produced the world’s first ‘horseless carriage’ powered by gasoline, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, in 1886.

In 1926 Benz merged with DMG – Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft – to become the formidable Mercedes-Benz brand we know today.


Founded:         1895

Founder:         Václav Laurin and Václav Klement

Skoda chassis on displayThe business began by producing bicycles and motorcycles, beginning its car production in 1905, but once it began there was no stopping Škoda as it quickly rose to become the largest automobile manufacturer in all of Austria-Hungary.

Still the most popular car brand today in the Czech Republic, the brand is now part of the global Volkswagen Group and is renowned for producing excellent cars at affordable prices. The also broke a world record in 2011 producing a car under 2.0 litres which reached a speed of 227 mph at the Bonneville speedway.


Founded:         1899

Founder:         Giovanni Agnelli

Open top Fiat 500

Fiat didn’t waste any time and produced its first vehicle in the same year it was founded, 1899.

Best known for its iconic 500, Fiat has grown over the years into a large motor group and currently produces vehicles under 12 brand names, including American favourites Dodge and Chrysler, as well as Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Maserati to name but a few.

The Fiat name is in fact initials standing for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino; translated this rather boringly means Italian Automobiles Factory Turin!


Founded:         1909

Founder:         August Horch

Audi Quattro on race track

Audi was Horch’s third automobile business, he’d first been part of Wanderer before forming August Horch & Cie in 1904, but troubles with his chief financial officer led Horch to found another company in 1909.

Prevented from using his own name, by trademark infringement law, Horch and his business partner, Franz Fikentscher, were having a meeting, trying to come up with a new name. Franz’s son, was quietly studying Latin in the corner of the room and then piped up with suggestion of the name Audi. Why?

Horch means Hark or hear in German and Audi means listen in Latin and so a brand was born!