The 32 year old Peugeot 405 is back in production and sold new for £7,800
Peugeot were onto a hit with the 1987 Peugeot 405, a large family saloon at the time when these were all the rage, it was light, nimble and advanced (for its day). The 405 went on to win a platitude of awards including the 1988 world car of the year title, which it won with the most votes in the history of the contest.
Perhaps that's why the car refuses to die and go out of production more than 30 years later. Well that and this advert that was clearly directed by Michael Bay himself, if that doesn't make you want to go and get a car, nothing will.
Yes, despite the car being officially discontinued in 1997, for the past 32 years someone somewhere was continually building and selling brand new 405's. Most recently it was built by the Iran Khodro who were happily churning out the 405 since the mid-'90s.
Now that they are done with it, they've passed on the baton to the Azerbaijan AzerMasz who will build and sell the 405 under the name Peugeot Khazar 406.
Khazar 406 will come with climate control, electric front seats, rear parking sensors CD player, USB ports and two Euro 5 compliant engine choices. A 1.8litre DOHC petrol producing 99 horsepower and a 1.6-litre diesel with a 105hp on tap- Both of which are connected to an automatic gearbox as standard.
AzerMasz plans to build 10,000 units a year for their home market as well as export to other post-Soviet Union states. At £7,800 it's about the same price as a new Dacia Sandero which looks somewhat pale by comparison, Dacia has efficient engines and modern crash safety on its side, but the Peugeot is arguably better equipped, better looking and more fun to drive.
The car weighs in at a little over 1000kg's and featured passive rear wheel steering while sold under the Peugeot badge making it a quite enjoyable little thing on a twisty road.