10 April 2015

Simca Car Production By Model : 1980-87

I don't know what Peugeot had in mind when taking over Chrysler Europe. There were benefits to doing so seeing as it got the company without cost and the assets of the company were worth something. If it planned to kick start what had now become the Talbot brand back into life, that idea was soon put to bed. Instead production quickly reduced and ended by 1987.

In reality, trying to resurrect the company was not likely. Putting Talbot logos on PSA cars was the obvious way to go but didn't happen. What was once the Simca car brand was simply absorbed into PSA.

Year Horizon 1307 Samba Rancho 1100 Tagora CKD Total


Solara





1980 158,800 116,500 - 9,800 41,700 500 50,000 377,300
1981 100,400 60,100 18,500 13,800 19,900 15,700 94,179 322,579
1982 71,300 42,400 104,300 8,600 12,800 2,600 27,216 269,216
1983 59,100 29,000 81,800 6,000 14,600 1,300 85,296 277,096
1984 64,138 22,178 44,926 77 - - 76,144 207,463
1985 24,352 17,426 18,946 - - - 50,776 111,500
1986 5,800 3,100 6,700 - - - 13,440 29,040
1987 1,000 - - - - - 2,600 3,600

Data source: Freyssenet.com


Solara: In 1980, a saloon version of the 1307/Alpine hatchback was released. Nearly 70,000 were made in 1980, but production fell away after that. 



Samba: This mini car came as a 3-door hatchback or 2-door cabriolet and was based on the Peugeot 104. It was the only Simca engineered by PSA. Production slumped as the company was wound down. 



Tagora: It was an executive car to replace the 180 series and was an even bigger flop, if that was possible. 

Summary: The once successful Simca car make came to an undignified end. What started out in the 1930's by Fiat ended up being assimilated by the PSA Group. With so many brands making mainstream cars, it's hard to see how things could have worked out any other way for Simca.

For others in the series, simply click on the dates: 1947-59, 1960-69, and 1970-79

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