Searching for your inner hero? This 1996 Peugeot concept had the key.
The same year the Pininfarina bodied 406 Coupe was first shown, Peugeot also displayed this, the Toscana concept. What the Sochaux-based motor company’s intentions were remains unclear, but whatever the intent, it cannot have been all that serious. With a bespoke body marrying key styling elements of the 406 saloon – nose treatment, rear lamps, body swage line – to a distinctly sci-fi canopy section, the Toscana was as frivolous a concept could be while still loosely based on a production model. If anything, it puts one in mind of some of GM’s Motorama concepts from the 1950’s – or indeed Adam West’s Batmobile. Continue reading “To the Batcave! – Peugeot 406 Toscana”
Want a car as solid and durable as the Mercedes W-123 but nicer to drive? Look no further than this car and look past the lack of chrome.
Forty years ago Peugeot presented the 604 and attempted to gain entrance to the prestigious large car market. That didn´t work out, despite review after review praising the car´s ride quality, steering comfort and commendably huge boot. In 1995 the 406, a class down from the 604 but similarly dimensioned, replaced the well-respected and successful 405. As in the cases of the 604 and 405 journalists wrote highly of the Pininfarina-designed 406 which carried on the best aspects of the 405 and improved on it in many areas. It was well-built, reliable and did very well in many comparisons and single-car tests. Even the V6 version garnered compliments, with Car magazine´s John Simister judging the engine and chassis to be a very good combination and declaring it the best version Peugeot sold. In a long-term test, Car asked how long manufacturers such as BMW could Continue reading “20 years of the Peugeot 406”