Re: PSA´s large cars
Goatboy is, alas, right. It heartens me that someone out there remembers the 604 with any measure of respect. Thank you, goatboy. Contemporary reviews gave the 604 high marks for ride, performance and handling.
What a shame Renault´s VelSatis is also dead. Crikey. As a lover of large mainstream cars, these are terrible times. It isn´t good enough that the C5 and Mondeo are themselves bigger than flagship executive saloons from the 80s. There has to be a range topper which is relatively bigger than the cars below it in the catalogues. A C5 is and always will be a rep´s car, even if it´s a nice one. A Mondeo is also always a good car but one for Mr/Ms/Mrs Middle Manager. A Peugeot 408 will always be a vehicle for Monsieur Moyenne-plus-une-peu. I can´t see Sarkozy driving about in the same car that the Junior Area Sales Manager (Cosmetics, Soaps) for the Departement Loire Sud uses. Can you?
So, here is that roll call of saloon car death in full:
Opel Omega, Ford Granada, Renault Vel Satis, Fiat Croma (the saloon, not the stupid new hatch thing), Alfa 166, Rover 75 and coming to a scrap yard near you, the C6 and 607.
But, if you look at the Koreans you can find a load of large cars, the names of which I don´t really know. Kia Opirus, Chevrolet Epica, Hyundai Elantra, to name but four non-prestige large cars. I think it´s a disgrace and a sign of how polarised society is that there are only overpriced German executive saloons and sub-par mediocrities from the lands of the Rising Sun.
I shall be hanging on to my XM. It goes in for a major service tomorrow just as we need it to ferry infants (still due, folks. We´re five days over the ETD.)