ROOTES PEUGEOTS

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Q: I’s al­ways as­sumed that the Peu­geot 309 was sim­ply a 205 with a boot on the back (sort of...) but I’ve dis­cov­ered that it was ap­par­ently de­signed in the UK. Is this right?

A: The 309 was orig­i­nally de­signed as a suc­ces­sor to the Hori­zon and was a prod­uct of the Chrysler UK op­er­a­tion, for­merly Rootes Group. It was orig­i­nally to have been mar­keted as the Tal­bot Ari­zona but when the op­er­a­tion was sold to Peu­geot for a nom­i­nal £1 in 1978, the de­ci­sion was taken to axe the Tal­bot brand and so it was sold as a Peu­geot. That’s the rea­son why it looks rather dif­fer­ent from the other Peugeots of the era like the 205 and 405..

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