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French Friday: Catching up to the Espace French Friday: Catching up to the Espace

As you likely recall, when Matra first approached PSA after its takeover at Simca/Chrysler they brought with them the “Dessin Orange”, an orange sketch of an MPV that they foresaw as the future of family transport. The subsequently cold response from PSA meant that the design went to Renault where it became the first…

French Friday: Le petit monospace rond French Friday: Le petit monospace rond

As far as automakers go, the French have oft-been considered some of the most innovative and inventive with respect to market niches. They did invent the hatchback, crossover, and MPV after all with the Citroen Traction Avant, the Matra Simca Rancho, and the (Matra) Renault Espace, respectively. However, in the ‘90s,…

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