In the name of cultural exchange between our two great continents, I have contributed to the blog French Cars In America. I had to compress to 700 words my thoughts on a car dear to my heart.
You can read more of my scintillating prose here.
A copy of Car, Nov. 1975 turned up on my floormat last week. I ordered it so as to read a Giant Test involving the Peugeot 604, the Jaguar XJ 3.4 and the BMW 528. The Peugeot and Jaguar trounced the 528 which lost points for its shabby handling, confined interior and wind-noise. Car concluded that in several areas including ride, roominess and comfort, the Peugeot had bested the Jaguar.
More interesting: I found a long report on Peugeot which described in breathless detail their quality control. All their engines underwent testing, for example. They had a list of fifteen things that other manufacturers mostly didn’t do in addition. So, what happened with the 604? The long term tests indicate that the 604 fell down precisely on quality control. But in the 70s Peugeot’s name served as a byword for quality, much as VAG and Mercedes does today. Isn’t that a turn up for the trousers (as Stephen Fry said once).