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Why aren't they selling them here? Those little cars are AMAZING in WRC, winning almost all the races, finishing 1-2-3 etc...<P>I'm sure they can find a crowd of kids modding these things.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by xtremepsionic:<BR><B>Why aren't they selling them here? Those little cars are AMAZING in WRC, winning almost all the races, finishing 1-2-3 etc...<P>I'm sure they can find a crowd of kids modding these things.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The "little" Peugeots, the 206 and 306 models, have always been great cars...and they remind me of Golf. Tremendous handling, albeit a little softer than a Golf; typical French car. But extremely quick especially in the GTi form. My sister used to have a Peugeot 104 XSi...only a 1.4 liter engine but what a little rocket. Hard clutch, like a Porsche, and I remember driving this on Greece's higheways at speeds of up 128 mph (205 km/h) and the car had a bit more to go! Amazing little car...<P>I bet if the 206 came here it would sell very well with the right marketing and parts support.<P><BR>Yannis<P><P>
 

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good question...whatever happened to Peugeuts in the US. I kinda recall US selling them once but no longer. I know it's a little bit of history but does anyone have any info on this?
 

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Hi Yannis,<BR>what do you hear by "typical French car"?<P>For your sister's car, I think you mean 106, not 104. <P>;-)<P>Peugeot doesn't build only 206's. You can see their model range on Peugeot's website. The best for you Americans/Canadians who speak English is <A HREF="http://www.peugeot.co.uk" TARGET=_blank>www.peugeot.co.uk</A> <P>I think the 607 could be a great car for the US market.<P>I believe that the main problem with Peugeot (and other French cars) in the US is the bad reputation they have over there, because in North America, you only see old French cars with poor quality and bad reliability. But it was another time, a long time ago, things have change now. French cars are good cars now, maybe not as good as German ones, but very close to German cars.<P>CU<P>Arnaud
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Arnaud:<BR><B>Hi Yannis,<BR>what do you hear by "typical French car"?<P>For your sister's car, I think you mean 106, not 104. <P>;-)<P>Peugeot doesn't build only 206's. You can see their model range on Peugeot's website. The best for you Americans/Canadians who speak English is <A HREF="http://www.peugeot.co.uk" TARGET=_blank>www.peugeot.co.uk</A> <P>I think the 607 could be a great car for the US market.<P>I believe that the main problem with Peugeot (and other French cars) in the US is the bad reputation they have over there, because in North America, you only see old French cars with poor quality and bad reliability. But it was another time, a long time ago, things have change now. French cars are good cars now, maybe not as good as German ones, but very close to German cars.<P>CU<P>Arnaud</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Arnaud,<P>Yes, I meant to type 106...sorry! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> By "typical French car", I did not mean anything derogatory. But TYPICALLY the French car have a softer suspension than German cars (or are generally soft for European cars). The 106 XSi was a different story, it was very tight. A friend of mine also had the 106 Rallye, which was a little bit quicker than the XSi but its suspensions was SUPER tight!<P>A bientot!<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B> <BR>But TYPICALLY the French car have a softer suspension than German cars (or are generally soft for European cars). <P>Yannis<P><BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Ahem..<P>My wife drove a 307 before the 307SW she's driving now and both cars have a superb roadholding and semi stiff suspension setup.<BR>A real pleasure to drive, Volvo could learn from them.......<P>Edit: image<BR> <IMG SRC="http://home.wxs.nl/~dijkstra/307.jpg"> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Johann (edited 09-11-2002).]
 

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Strange, I didn't get any resentment from Yannis's comments. It sounded like praise. Maybe the older Peugeots were a little softly sprung, certianly not uncommon as this was the way to comfort back in the day. People extpect more and tight suspension with a plush ride is the best of both worlds we expect in the new millenium. I thing every car I've been in since mid 90's and down has been too softly sprung from the factory, I'm guessing Peugeots are no exception.<P>
 

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I am confident that it is only a matter of time before the French cross the pond again. Their cars are very nice and what with the general crap that the American automakers produce a vacum will develop. The 206 is kinda sexy and if it came over with reasonable pricing it would be a hit. It would become the alternate to all the **** rockets here with the younger set because they never experienced the last French arrival. But then again Americans may still have sour grapes.<P>-Poritz
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Poritz:<BR><B> The 206 is kinda sexy and if it came over with reasonable pricing it would be a hit. <P>-Poritz</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's the problem. The shipping weighs down the price. It would be necessary to produce the cars on the American continent, which is possible as French automakers have plants there. But the protectionist politics of the American government with huge taxes for European products make that French are discouraged from importing their vehicles in NA.<P>
 

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First off, golly gee I did not know that the word **** was censored by the forums. Anyway, perhaps if they used a Peugeot of America company as the distributor they could jump through the hoop by saying that it is their overseas plant. Think of how much stuff comes from the orient into the US. Those companys are certainly having no difficulty getting there stuff here. Almost nothing in America is made here. It is a triumph of America's capitalist system. I have no idea how the laws in this area work so I was just starting to rant. I hope we see them here. It would be good for the other automakers if nothing else.<P>-Poritz
 
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