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PSA has been mulling a return to the United states since at least 2014.  We reported in March of 2016 that DS was the most likely brand to mark the return of the French automaker to these shores. Now, PSA has made the announcement that Peugeot has been the brand selected, beating out Citroën, DS, and the recently acquired Opel brand.

Peugeot left the U.S. market in 1991 after selling only 4,292 vehicles the year prior. 

PSA will start in 15 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces that have a higher rate of import vehicle sales. 

The vehicles would be sourced from both Europe and China. 

No firm time frame has been announced for the arrival of Peugeot in the U.S., the company only states that it wants to have its vehicles here by 2026.


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3 minutes ago, balthazar said:

What a colossal waste of time.

Why? At least it's better than the Chinese cars.  Peugeot has been building cars for a long time.

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Should have stuck to coffee mills.

Seriously, what does anyone expect them to bring to the market that's not already here 25 times over? Yet another plate of generic, plasticized, alpha-numeric FWD 4-cyl/ hybrid/ eventual EV sedans and CUVs? Isn't there already an oversaturation of CUVs and a increasingly rejected sedan pool? And it's not from India or China, so it'll be positioned upscale, price-wise. The '19 508 starts at $35K in the UK, the (0-60 in 8 seconds) GT starts at $48K. They'll be more here.

Who's been out there in the US market, wringing their hands/ praying on their knees that their sedan needs would ONLY be satisfied if peugeot was available??

Drew- do you in any way feel there's a shortage of brands/models on the USDM?

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18 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Should have stuck to coffee mills.

Seriously, what does anyone expect them to bring to the market that's not already here 25 times over? Yet another plate of generic, plasticized, alpha-numeric FWD 4-cyl/ hybrid/ eventual EV sedans and CUVs? Isn't there already an oversaturation of CUVs and a increasingly rejected sedan pool? And it's not from India or China, so it'll be positioned upscale, price-wise. The '19 508 starts at $35K in the UK, the (0-60 in 8 seconds) GT starts at $48K. They'll be more here.

Who's been out there in the US market, wringing their hands/ praying on their knees that their sedan needs would ONLY be satisfied if peugeot was available??

Drew- do you in any way feel there's a shortage of brands/models on the USDM?

I honestly agree with you. I get that the company is attempting to grow their business, but I think someone pulled the wool over the boards heads about the US potential.

I see nothing in the Peugeot stable that is going to be a game changer.

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I think that brands have become too big.... with only a few exceptions, not every brand needs to be a full range brand. I think we don't have enough brands, but the brands each have too many models.

Peugeot will likely just bring a few crossovers here to start. This is at least a 2 product cycle commitment for them to make it.

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

PSA will start in 15 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces that have a higher rate of import vehicle sales.

Let me guess.  Quebec is one of those provinces?

Quebec does buy more small imported vehicles than any other province and the French population might adopt Peugeot as PSA is...from France.  It may be a cultural thing now that the Quebec people have slowly accepted their Frenchness as for the longest time, the French Canadian Quebecois hated France for ditching them in North America. 

Some cars and CUVs that they sell are attractive, but relying on one province to do you success in North America is foolish as I dont think the other 3 Canadian provinces and the 15 American states gives a shyte for French cars. 

 

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I honestly question why does Quebec need to mirror France. The French that moved there wanted a clean start, better life. Stop trying to be France and be yourself as a Canadian that speaks french. If you love France so much, move there.

I agree with @oldshurst442 that I question just how much they will sell in any other province or state. 

Yes a few will sell to people who really want to be different, but I remember Peugeot and they were crap made auto's. I really question them even now coming back.

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I'm not sure what they can do to stand out in a crowded market.  Citroen or DS would have been a better choice for emphasizing the 'Frenchness'...Citroen today, though, doesn't have the weird factor that was their strength in the past.   Other than VW, there aren't any non-premium mainstream European brands in the US these days, so Peugeot could fit in that way, as an alternative to VW or the mainstream Korean and Japanese brands....but with what hook to make it stand out? 

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1 minute ago, dfelt said:

I honestly question why does Quebec need to mirror France. The French that moved there wanted a clean start, better life. Stop trying to be France and be yourself as a Canadian that speaks french. If you love France so much, move there.

I agree with @oldshurst442 that I question just how much they will sell in any other province or state. 

Yes a few will sell to people who really want to be different, but I remember Peugeot and they were crap made auto's. I really question them even now coming back.

Quebec has NEVER mirrored France. The people have NEVER wanted even to be, French...fromm France.

The people are very quite comfortable in being French Canadian with our, (yes, even I Im Greek, I see myself as a Quebecois) own French (Quebecois) culture that is...Canadian...

The love of hockey. Yes its a Canadian thing, but its a religion here.  The Quebecois were the first in North America to denounce religion...to distance religion from politics and public affairs. Therefore hockey remains the sole religion.

The French Canadians have adopted mainly American sports like baseball. Curling is not a thing in Quebec. Baseball is. Football too. Soccer aint a thing here. We follow it as there are many Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Irish, Mexican folk, but baseball, hockey, football (yes the NFL) still has a stronger following than soccer.

 As much as Montreal is very European in many regards, its American too.  But Montreal prides itself of being both. Quebec city prides itself being of French settlers, but its QUEBEC City...not a French from France city.

Quebec has always wanted to speak French...in THEIR province. Speak English but not to have the English dictate to them in THEIR province what to do...

France is nowhere mentioned in Quebec affairs.  While some France cultural aspects along with European ones are quite apparent in Quebec, like alcohol drinking at the age of 18 in bars or closing time for bars being 3:00 AM or sex not being such a taboo... prostitution not being frowned upon,  pimping yes, not prostitution per se...Quebec laws balance European way of life as much as North American...

And I could go on, but it is a car forum...

I just wanted to make that clear. That French Canadians LOVE being Canadian being French Canadian, in North American having their own little piece of Earth called Quebec. 

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8 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I'm not sure what they can do to stand out in a crowded market.  Citroen or DS would have been a better choice for emphasizing the 'Frenchness'...Citroen today, though, doesn't have the weird factor that was their strength in the past.   Other than VW, there aren't any non-premium mainstream European brands in the US these days, so Peugeot could fit in that way, as an alternative to VW or the mainstream Korean and Japanese brands....but with what hook to make it stand out? 

I agree, DS or Citroen has some uniqueness and French quirkiness.  Peugeot not so much.  

I think they choose Renault because of it is alliance and some cross engineering with Nissan.  Maybe even Nissan dealers will be selling them.

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3 minutes ago, ykX said:

I agree, DS or Citroen has some uniqueness and French quirkiness.  Peugeot not so much.  

I think they choose Renault because of it is alliance and some cross engineering with Nissan.  Maybe even Nissan dealers will be selling them.

???  Peugeot is a PSA brand, Renault is a Renault-Nissan brand.   Unrelated.  I don't think there has been any announcement about Renault returning to NA.

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2 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

???  Peugeot is a PSA brand, Renault is a Renault-Nissan brand.   Unrelated.  I don't think there has been any announcement about Renault returning to NA.

Yes, you are correct, I got confused between the two :)

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What is better, Purgot or Citroen?  I think they’ll sell okay because people will want an import or something different.

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Foolish. This will inevitably turn out to be a wasted effort. It takes years and years to establish brand recognition and cachet, and therefore demand. And to build an effective dealer network. And they are mounting this undertaking at time while the car industry is more precarious than ever, and we are on the downside turn of the economy. Makes 0 sense.

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think we don't have enough brands...

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1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

Other than VW, there aren't any non-premium mainstream European brands in the US these days, so Peugeot could fit in that way, as an alternative to VW or the mainstream Korean and Japanese brands....

Not at the price conversions I posted above. It'd fall against Audi, not VW. Who shopping in that price tier is going to look at peugeot??

I'd be surprised mightily if peugeot did any better here than fiat is floundering around at, volume-wise. It also has zero image/rep here- will take a decade to build anything up even IF they had the offerings to do so. They don't.

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2 minutes ago, balthazar said:

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Not at the price conversions I posted above. It'd fall against Audi, not VW. Who shopping in that price tier is going to look at peugeot?? 

Didn't see that post.  Doesn't sound encouraging for them. 

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13 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

What is better, Purgot or Citroen?  I think they’ll sell okay because people will want an import or something different.

Neither... DS is the best of the PSA lineup... it's premium Citroën... kinda like a Denali.

9 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

Foolish. This will inevitably turn out to be a wasted effort. It takes years and years to establish brand recognition and cachet, and therefore demand. And to build an effective dealer network. And they are mounting this undertaking at time while the car industry is more precarious than ever, and we are on the downside turn of the economy. Makes 0 sense.

It really depends on what they bring over.  If they bring over the lower end of the Peugeot line, I don't see them taking hold unless they price them like Volkswagens. Priced right, I think they could take on VW and Mazda just fine.

There is also a report out today that PSA make a huge profit last year, including a profit on Opel.... something GM was never able to do, due to their crazy accounting habits.

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I agree with @balthazar. What exactly is the point in an already flooded market full of boring rolling applicances? On top of that, it’s Peugeot, which has about a good a record of fond memories as Fiat did 30-40 years, which is next to zilch. 

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7 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

I agree with @balthazar. What exactly is the point in an already flooded market full of boring rolling applicances? On top of that, it’s Peugeot, which has about a good a record of fond memories as Fiat did 30-40 years, which is next to zilch. 

The difference between Fiat and Peugeot though is that Peugeot will be bringing much more mainstream and larger vehicles to the U.S.... I'm not sure Fiat is an apt comparison in this case.  It's probably going to be closer to Kia who led their entry in the US with a small SUV.

People in the U.S. don't want small cars... witness Fiat, Mini, Smart, and Scion.  It doesn't matter the origin of the brand.

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Will Peugeot be bringing this?  If so I am all for it.

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7 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

???  Peugeot is a PSA brand, Renault is a Renault-Nissan brand.   Unrelated.  I don't think there has been any announcement about Renault returning to NA.

WAIT?  PUEGUOT AND CITROEN? AND RENAULT TOO?

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I actually thought the plan for PSA to come back to market was to feed the rental car market.

I agree, no one has been clamoring for any of these brands to come back.

Why not revive Saab and then bring Opel over too.

I suppose PSA may be pleased with fiat level sales.......

 

Hey maybe they should bring Opel here so they can sell this, since Buick won't

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5 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The difference between Fiat and Peugeot though is that Peugeot will be bringing much more mainstream and larger vehicles to the U.S.... I'm not sure Fiat is an apt comparison in this case.  It's probably going to be closer to Kia who led their entry in the US with a small SUV.

People in the U.S. don't want small cars... witness Fiat, Mini, Smart, and Scion.  It doesn't matter the origin of the brand.

add Suzuki to that list too.  Too small!

 

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Well...Buick is tippy toeing towards an end in North America. Because there is an over-saturation of brands here.

(How is it that Hyundai managed to create a lux brand and create several cars for it, and managed to get those models to sell at KIA as well, but GM cant seem to get Buick to sell and have Cadillac's target market on track in the same time frame that Hyundai decided to get their luxury brand online?)

Peugeot...

Well...they cant do any worse than Alpha Romeo and Fiat. Hell, they cant do any worse than Buick...

So yeah... on a different point of view that I had earlier...it DOES seem that Im telling you that there might be a chance... even if it IS a one in a million chance...

Against all odds, Genesis seems to be surviving somehow in North America. 

Acura and Infinity and Lexus replaced Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Mercury in that market place.

Hyundai and KIA seems to have replaced Saturn and Plymouth.

Genesis seems to be doing something....

I do NOT know what, but I do know that Buick aint too hot right about now...

Cadillac cars are struggling...Lincoln cars are struggling. Lincoln SUVs are OK...Cadillac SUVs are better than OK...

Acura is now stagnant...

BMW and Audi, Mercedes are doing better than OK...

Hey...maybe there is a slight chance of Peugeot making a dent here...who knows?

 

 

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5 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The difference between Fiat and Peugeot though is that Peugeot will be bringing much more mainstream and larger vehicles to the U.S.... I'm not sure Fiat is an apt comparison in this case.  It's probably going to be closer to Kia who led their entry in the US with a small SUV.

People in the U.S. don't want small cars... witness Fiat, Mini, Smart, and Scion.  It doesn't matter the origin of the brand.

What I am talking about is the fact that both brands were flaming piles of garbage back then. Given that newer Fiats and Alfas haven’t done much to change that perception, I just don’t expect much from Peugeot. I remember an old neighbor of mine, back in early 80’s, who’s mother had one and that thing was always in the shop. While Peugeot may go the Kia route, its doesn’t mean that it is needed in this currently oversaturated market. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but I just don’t see success here unless they pull a magical rabbit out their hat that no one expected. 

25 minutes ago, regfootball said:

WAIT?  PUEGUOT AND CITROEN? AND RENAULT TOO?

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I actually thought the plan for PSA to come back to market was to feed the rental car market.

I agree, no one has been clamoring for any of these brands to come back.

Why not revive Saab and then bring Opel over too.

I suppose PSA may be pleased with fiat level sales.......

 

Hey maybe they should bring Opel here so they can sell this, since Buick won't

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You mean the already sold here Regal Tour X? 

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