The Peugeot 405 was a mid-size car that was produced by Peugeot from 1987 to 1997. It was designed by Pininfarina and was available as a sedan, wagon, and hatchback. The 405 was known for its stylish design, comfortable ride, and handling. It was a popular choice for those who wanted a stylish and practical car.
Peugeot 405 Overview
The Peugeot 405 is a family car produced by the French automaker Peugeot. Introduced in the late 1980s, it became one of Peugeot’s most popular and enduring models in its segment. Production of the model continued until 1997 in Europe, although it was produced for a longer duration in certain other countries. Peugeot introduced the 405 in the U.S. market in the late 1980s, and while it received positive reviews, it faced tough competition and didn’t achieve strong sales figures. The brand withdrew from the U.S. market in 1991.
The 405 was available in multiple body styles, including a 4-door sedan and a 5-door estate (station wagon). Over its production lifespan, the 405 was offered with a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines, catering to different market preferences and requirements. Buyers had the option of manual or automatic transmissions. The design of the Peugeot 405 was led by the renowned car design firm, Pininfarina. Its sleek and modern look was a significant factor in its popularity. The 405 came in various trim levels, with the sportier “Mi16” being particularly well-received for its performance attributes.
Shortly after its introduction, the Peugeot 405 was named the 1988 European Car of the Year. The car was lauded for its handling, comfort, and overall driving dynamics. Its modern design and the range of available engines made it appealing in multiple markets. The 405 sold well across Europe and was also exported to many international markets, including North America.
The 405 had an enduring legacy in several markets outside Europe. Notably, production continued in Iran for many years after it ended in Europe.