Founded in 1981 by the Jeanneau Company to support its activity in the leisure sector, Microcar became a part of the Bénéteau group in 1995 before merging with Ligier in 2008.
The company from the Vendée region has continually made safety and quality its key ambitions; they were the first company to build license free cars that were fitted with safety belts (in 1985). In 1991 they signed a protocol with the French Road Safety Office to offer clients five hours of free driving school lessons. In 2005 they started fitting their vehicles with driver's side airbags, another first for the category. At the same time they achieved fame with the launch of the Newstreet (1995), a mini roadster for young drivers and the Virgo (1997), the first license free mini van.