Back in the 1960s French motor sports legend Guy Ligier – French Moto GP champion and Formula 1 driver – began producing his own signature sports car, designed for both track and road. This was to be the start of an epic personal and technological adventure, with the Ligier team creating over 20 Formula 1 cars.
In the 1980s, with vehicles ranging from prestige models to competition cars, Guy Ligier diversified his range with the addition of tractor cabs, going on to transform them into AM licence vehicles with the first LIGIER JS 4.
A flagship of French industry
Ligier Group produces all of its products in France.
Birth of Ligier Group
Ligier Group was born out of the union, in 2008, of two major players in the European light and heavy quadricycle market: Ligier Automobiles and Microcar. Drawing on LIGIER’s top-level sports experience and Microcar’s 30 years of technological expertise, the group strives daily to respond to specific, ever-changing and innovative demands.
Over 40 years of expertise
These 40 years of experience are behind the Group’s continuing success in developing new models and innovating for increased efficient mobility.
Creation of Automobiles Ligier by Guy Ligier
Founding of Ligier Formula 1 stable
Manufacture of first AM licence cars
Creation of Microcar by the sailboat manufacturer Jeanneau Plaisance
Microcar is the first manufacturer of AM licence vehicles to install a safety belt
Microcar develops new technologies for its vehicles: aluminium chassis and ABS bodywork
Implementation of the Microcar Protection System
Ligier production site at Vichy extended to 10 000 m2
Merger of Ligier and Microcar
Creation of a new robot-controlled production line.
Introduction of airbags and LED headlights across the range
Creation of the Ligier Professional brand with the Pulse 3 and the Pulse 4
Creation of the Ligier Group entity
JS, a tribute from Guy Ligier to Jo Schlesser
Today, Ligier is celebrating its 50th model, with the JS 50, and continues to pay tribute to the driver and great friend of Guy Ligier, Jo Schlesser, with the use of his initials “JS” before each serial number.