A Century of Cars: 46. Solido 1997 Peugeot 406 Coupe
The Peugeot 406 was a large family car
made by the French automaker Peugeot from 1995 to 2004. Available in
saloon, estate and coupé bodystyles with a choice of petrol or
turbodiesel engines, the 406 replaced the Peugeot 405 in Peugeot's
lineup, and used the same platform as the Citroën Xantia, though
without that car's sophisticated hydropneumatic suspension system.
The 2-door coupé, launched in 1996, was both designed and manufactured by Italian design studio Pininfarina, with choices of a 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.0 L V6, and from 2001, a 2.2 L HDi diesel engine. On later models, a 2.2 L petrol engine was available. Total of 107,633 coupés were made. The design was originally offered to Fiat by Pininfarina in about 1990, only for Fiat to reject the design and design its own coupe.