Peugeot: Africa’s warhorse

While Peugeot the company may be struggling to find its way, Peugeot the car is still going strong on some of the world’s most treacherous roads in the former French colonies of West Africa. The indefatigable 504 estate, based on the saloon produced by the French automaker from 1968, remains the mainstay of the cross-border bush taxi trade in the region. Millions depend on the vehicles to visit relatives or trade goods between countries such as Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. [20 photos total]

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Driver Moussa Traore stands next to his Peugeot 505 used for public transport while passengers of another vehicle unload goods at a car park in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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A Peugeot 504 is seen at a car park in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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The painted rear window of a Peugeot 504 public transport car is seen in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013. The writing reads "Every day is a life." (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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A stuffed caterpillar sits on the windshield of a Peugeot 504 at a car park in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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The painted hood of a Peugeot 504 public transport car is seen in Bamako, Mali, September 6, 2013. The writing reads "White Warror." (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Driver Bassiriki Diabate sits in his Peugeot 504 used for public transport at a car park in Bamako, Mali, August 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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The grill of a Peugeot 504 is seen at a public transport station in Bamako, Mali, September 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Driver Mamadou Ba Sidibe stands in front of his Peugeot 504, which he nicknamed "Air France," at a car park in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Public transport passenger Penda Ba waits in a Peugeot 504 sept-place before driving to visit relatives in the interior of the country in Dakar, Senegal, July 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Cabbage is loaded onto a Peugeot 504 transport car in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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The engine of a Peugeot 504 public transport car is seen in Bamako, Mali, August 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Driver Issa Diarra sits in his Peugeot 504 used for public transport at a car park in Bamako, Mali, August 30, 2013 (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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A vendor is seen reflected in Peugeot replacement side mirrors at a store in a public transport station in Bamako, Mali, September 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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The back of a Peugeot 504 used for public transport is seen painted with homages to a local religious leader at a car park in Dakar, Senegal, July 6, 2013 (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Passengers going to the town of Kati board a Peugeot 504 at a public transport station in Bamako, Mali, September 6, 2013 (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Men push a Peugeot 504 to start in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013 (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Passengers ride in a Peugeot 504 in Kati, Mali, August 31, 2013 (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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A Peugeot 504 converted for public transport drives on a hill in Bamako, Mali, September 7, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Driver Barou Niare poses for a picture in his Peugeot 504 used for public transport while another driver, Moussa Samake, sits on top of the vehicle at a car park in Bamako, Mali, September 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #
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Passengers wait for a driver to replace a flat tyre on a Peugeot 504 public transport car in the rain in Bamako, Mali, August 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Joe Penney) #

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