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<FONT COLOR="red"><b>Which European Brand Should Return to North America?</b></FONT><p>It was hard for me to decide between Peugeot and Alfa-Romeo. Alfa has the awesome 156 GTA/156 GTA Sportswagon, but Peugeot has a better overall line-up of cars I think with the 106, 206, 306/307, 406/406c, and 607. I think first I would go with Alfa, and then Peugeot.<p>IIRC, after Peugeot left in early 1992, North Americans got a certain change of interest for French cars, including Citroën. Citroën styling is very strange IMO. Alfa-Romeo seems to have a much better reputation here, being them as great handling cars on par with BMW. <p>I think fairly soon we will be seeing Renaults badged as Nissans, as they will unofficially be here. The next generation Sentra will supposedly be using a Renault chassis. They have some very 'unique' vehicles.<p>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR><FONT COLOR="red"><b>Which European Brand Should Return to North America?</b></FONT><p>It was hard for me to decide between Peugeot and Alfa-Romeo. Alfa has the awesome 156 GTA/156 GTA Sportswagon, but Peugeot has a better overall line-up of cars I think with the 106, 206, 306/307, 406/406c, and 607. I think first I would go with Alfa, and then Peugeot.<p><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Well, for me it is pretty easy...Alfa Romeo is it! But I am worried about their partnership with GM...I doubt that they will be able to retain their Italian character...But so far...ALFA!!!!!!!! Most Alfa models are great cars. Peugeot has only 2-3 models that are worth it.<p>Peugeot is a close 2nd although I would really like to see Renault make a comeback too. Their styling is very unique.<p>Yannis
 

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I want a Peugeot rally car! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>(yes, I am that impressionable, mental note to manufactures - racing sells cars!)
 

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Re: Which European Brand Should Return? (Spearzy)

I love what Lancia was, but it's no longer that, so I'll go Alfa.<p>The other brands I think would do well here are SEAT (Spain, owned by VW Group) and Skoda (Czech, owned by VW Group).
 

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I really like both the Peugeot and Renault. They both have cars that I think could be me if I were not such a Volvo nut. I voted Renault because Peugeot already seemed to have a hand full of votes. I really hope to see the French cars come back under their own label. They have been very nice when I have been visiting my relatives in France. I think that they would really help create a new kind of competion in the North American market. A contest for the MAV (Multi-Activity Vehicle) scene would emerge in addition to regualar competion for sedan & wagon buyers.<p>-Poritz<p>P.S. Nice poll Drew, good question.<BR><BR>
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>I love what Lancia was, but it's no longer that, so I'll go Alfa.<p>The other brands I think would do well here are SEAT (Spain, owned by VW Group) and Skoda (Czech, owned by VW Group).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Unfortunately, Lancia is going the way of Plymouth, Oldsmobile, etc...they are on the way to the execution chamber.<p>I would agree with you on SEAT but we do not need another VW product here! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmilep.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I loved my old SEAT 127, when it has some Italian cojones not...German!<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Which European Brand Should Return? (GrecianVolvo)

Well, from a design standpoint, SEAT is hot on the heals of Alfa. It's got hispanic flair (the largest growing segment of the US population). Finally, if you've driven the new ones, you can see that the plastics and material qualities aren't quite with VW, but they are geared to a more enthusiast following such as larger seat bolsters, wheels, stiffer suspension etc. <p>SEAT might do VERY well on the import scene in the USA and would compete squarely against the civic and the impreza.
 
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