The Peugeot family founded their business empire in 1810. The company started small and began by producing coffee mills and bicycles. Armand Peugeot and Leon Serpollet built the first Peugeot automobile in 1889. The first steam tricycle was deemed a failure because it was unreliable; a common affliction for the steam-powered cars of the day. As a result, 1890 saw a switch to internal combustion engines sourced from Panhard-Daimler; who produced most of the engines used in German automobiles of the time.