On October 31, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and French auto group PSA agreed to a merger of equals. The newly formed entity will become the fourth largest automaker in the world with 8.7 million vehicles sold annually.
As you may know, PSA owns several brands including Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel, Lancia and Vauxhall. It was previously reported that Peugeot cars will return to North America in 2023. With access to FCA’s dealer network, the French giant is nicely positioned to expand its business.
Here are five beautiful French cars we’d like to see in Canada:
Peugeot 508 Hybrid
The new Peugeot 508 is a sleek sedan with a sloping roofline and muscular silhouette defined by sharp edges (the grille is reminiscent of Kia’s). The lighting signature is notable, too, just like the state-of-the-art interior. This car is available with a 225-horsepower plug-in hybrid system offering a range of about 40 kilometres in EV mode. Some will point to the fact it’s FWD-only, but we still dig it.
Peugeot 308 GTi
The Peugeot 308 is quite an attractive little hatchback that shows even more character in GTi trim. That’s right, Volkswagen is not the only company to use those three letters. The sporty 308 GTi boasts nearly 270 horsepower and, judging by the success of the Golf GTI and Golf R in Canada, it would be a hit here as well. How can you say no to the lion on the grille?
Formerly a performance sub-brand at Citroën, DS now operates on its own and offers a selection of dynamic cars with forward-thinking designs. Similar to MINI, the DS 3 can take on many shapes and colours, including a cabriolet and limited editions. There’s also the DS 3 Crossback, a sub-compact crossover that would fit beautifully on Canadian roads.
DS 7 Crossback
By now, everybody is aware that SUVs rule the roads in North America. For those who need more space, the DS 7 Crossback is a refined, Audi-style SUV that ushers in the second generation of DS Automobiles. The grille, the headlights, the wheels… man, what a looker! It’s even available in hybrid configuration. There are good chances we’ll see this one here.
The C1 is a city car that can easily navigate through busy streets and tight parking lots while still showing some capability on the highway. Small cars continue to be popular in Quebec, particularly, so a Citroën-Fiat pairing would be great—even more so with the departure of the Fiat 500.