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..