01 September 2015

Peugeot Car Production By Model : 1980-89

At the end of the 1970's, Peugeot took Simca and what had been known as Hillman off Chrysler. This was not long after assuming control of Citroën a few years earlier. Did all this acquiring affect Peugeot? It was a lot to adjust to.

Production was up 49% from 1979 to 1989. There were three very successful models in the range but a big drop after that. Many of the models listed below were older ones having the last possible value wrung out of them. In emerging nations, some of these models were still popular but it did muddy the waters when getting a true picture of how thing were.

Yr 205 405 309 504 505 605
1980 - - - 155,800 129,100 -
1981 - - - 145,400 116,200 -
1982 300 - - 99,900 145,700 -
1983 155000 - - 82,300 149,200 -
1984 375059 - - 74,498 153,613 -
1985 498045 - 37,827 87,402 129,669 -
1986 520700 - 243,760 28,800 102,700 -
1987 549400 89,600 277,800 24,700 68,800 -
1988 570232 312,123 242,068 49,804 50,923 -
1989 526433 376,950 239,500 55,000 32,104 12,585







Yr 305 104 404 604 304 Total
1980 210,500 142,700 53,700 11,700 7,000 710,500
1981 190,000 150,100 44,400 7,200 - 653,300
1982 198,500 126,000 33,000 5,700 - 609,100
1983 198,300 50,400 30,800 3,500 - 669,500
1984 155,665 30,413 29,866 1,644 - 820,758
1985 118,237 26,019 20,176 582 - 917,957
1986 75,800 25,600 13,700 - - 1,011,060
1987 47,800 22,200 4,300 - - 1,084,600
1988 24,248 5,943 - - - 1,255,341
1989 3,429 - - - - 1,246,001

Data source: Freyssenet.com

New models that arrived during this period.


205: This was a super mini with super sales to match. Peugeot had been known as a successful larger car maker but taking over Simca gave them the needed expertise to get this one spot on. It probably deserved to be a European car of the year winner, but was at least declared 'Car of the Decade' by Car Magazine.


309: It replaced the Horizon model as a small family car and was designed in the UK. It was a nice riding and handling car and sold quite well.


405: As a replacement for the smaller 305, I would call it a medium/large sized car. It was voted European Car of the Year in 1980 and was very popular. The attractive styling was complimented by a nice ride and the wagon model was very practical.


605: This large executive car belatedly replaced the unpopular 604. It's reputation was hurt by electrical problems and questionable build quality. Apart from those issues, it rode well, was roomy and the handling was reasonably good.

Summary: Peugeot had absorbed both Citroën and Chrysler Europe in the a short space of time. Peugeot took what was good from the Chrysler side and closed it down while Citroën was to run alongside the Peugeot brand. They probably needed to move one more upmarket (I suggest Citroën should have been the one up scaled). It would have taken time but they could have been reaping the rewards by now. Was Peugeot now well placed grow from here?

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