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Quiz for French car fans

Our latest car quiz is here to test your knowledge of French brands and the proud automotive history they share

We’ve tested your knowledge on Italian supercars, British supercars and German cars and now it’s your turn to prove what you know about French cars. And from the earliest days of motoring to the here and now the story of French cars is a rich, fascinating and occasionally quirky one. How much do you know about it? Test yourself in our two sets of questions, one for kids and one for adults. When you’re done scroll down for the answers and see how you did!

Quiz for French car fans - kids

  • 1. Which car brand's name sounds like the French word for lemon?
  • 2. Which car brand builds the 308?
  • 3. Name a Renault Formula One driver, past or present
  • 4. DS Automobiles is the premium sub-brand of which French manufacturer?
  • 5. What fragile produce was the Citroën 2CV designed to carry safely across bumpy fields?
  • 6. Which French car brand has a badge with a lion on its hind legs on it?
  • 7. What company builds the A110 sports car?
  • 8. The world’s fastest supercar is built by which French manufacturer?
  • 9. What is the capital of France?
  • 10. What is the name of Renault’s electric hatchback?

Quiz for French car fans - adults

  • 1. Which 21-year-old engineer decided to prove the abilities of his first car in 1898 by driving it up Rue Lepic in Montmartre, the steepest road in Paris?
  • 2. What type of vehicle is a Citroën Kégresse?
  • 3. Which famous car engineer was imprisoned in France for nearly two years after being summoned to assist Renault with its post-war passenger cars?
  • 4. What was the record speed achieved by the Bugatti Chiron in 2019?
  • 5. What was the size of the boot of the original Renault 5 modelled on?
  • 6. Which French hot hatch was advertised under the slogan “If you want something sensible buy an anorak”?
  • 7. Which French car manufacturer had its name on the Eiffel Tower between 1924 and 1935?
  • 8. The Espace was the brainchild of which French manufacturer?
  • 9. Why were the first Renault 4CVs all painted in pale brown?
  • 10. Which French automotive engineer created and gave his name to the mechanical template used by the vast majority of cars built in the 20th century? By what name was this design known?

Answers – kids

1. Citroën/Citron
2. Peugeot 3. Answers could include Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Alain Prost, Jean Alesi 4. Citroën 5. Eggs 6. Peugeot 7. Alpine, which is owned by Renault 8. Bugatti 9. Paris 10. Zoe

Answers – adults

1. Louis Renault
2. A half-track 3. Ferdinand Porsche 4. 304.773mph 5. It was designed to be the same capacity as the average shopping trolley 6. The Peugeot 205 GTI 7. Citroën 8. Matra 9. Because the Renault factory had a surplus of camouflage paint left over from wartime production for the German Afrika Korps 10. René Panhard and his layout of four wheels, a front-mounted radiator, longitudinal engine with a gearbox mounted behind and propshaft driving the rear wheels, known as the ‘Système Panhard’

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