The first car of one of the Groupe PSA brands to land in Brazil was also the first automobile in history to run across the country. Brothers Alberto and Henrique Santos Dumont brought the model, a Peugeot, from France in the end of the 19th Century. The airplane inventor, Alberto Santos Dumont, had a strong link with the brand and, moreover, used Peugeot motors in the airships he created in Paris.
In order to develop the Group activities in Latin America and enable a dynamics favorable to the commercial development of its two brands, a Groupe PSA subsidiary was created in the country in September 1997, the Peugeot Citroën do Brasil.
In 2001, the Polo Industrial Brasil (PIBR) was opened in Porto Real, State of Rio de Janeiro, thus starting its industrial participation in Brazil. The following year, the company began manufacturing motors in its Industrial Center.
From its inauguration, in February 2001, the Porto Real factory production lines have already produced over 1.3 million vehicles, and 1.8 million motors