The Peugeot 106 was produced by Peugeot, the French Automaker from the year 1991 through the year 2004. It is a super mini vehicle. The first phase was introduced in September of the year 1991. It was sold as the entry level car for the French marque, sitting just below the 205.
The 106 was a substantial development offered by the Citroen AX platform that aimed to make a vehicle that was a bit heavier and safer. The competition for the 106 was the Renault Clio, which started being produced just a year before. It was also considered to be a more modern version of the larger 205 that had been a huge success for the company and was still quite popular even after being launched ten years before. Similar to the 205 and the AX, the Peugeot 106 offered MacPherson struts in the front and an independent suspension. In the rear it had transverse torsion bars. The 106 won praise do to its attractive and more modern styling, its comfortable ride, the cheap running costs, and its excellent handling.
The trim levels that were available included the basic XN, the mid-range XR, the top-spec XT, as well as the sportier XSi model, which was capable of reaching 120 miles per hour. The only body style that was available was a 3 door hatchback. There was a 5 door hatchback added to the line in the year 1992.
From the year 1994 on there was a Rallye model that was offered as well. This model was different than the XSi model as it offered a 1.3 liter petrol injection engine and it was only available in the colors red, black, or white. A stripped out version was available and was designed for the sport driver and offered very few creature comforts.
On the first model of the 106 the only options that were factory available were anti-lock brakes and a sunroof. Many of the first models also came with spoilers and fog lights.
In Portugal, a special edition of the Rallye was available that used sporting material that was from the racing division of the company. There were also changes made to the brakes, suspension, and a newer 14 inch mistral rims, engine management, and racing seatbelts.
In the year 1996, the Peugeot 106 received a facelift that saw all of the engines become fuel injection and the equipment levels of the vehicle were raised. The XSi model was dropped from the line up in favor of a sportier GTi model that offered a new 1.6 liter 16 v engine.
From the year 1997 through 1998, there was also a phase 2 Rallye that was offered. It combined the chassis of the phase one version with a 1.6 liter petrol injection engine as well as updated safety features and looks. Some of the optional extras included airbags, power assisted steering, as well as a sunroof.
From the year 1996 through the year 1999, the trim levels that were available on the Peugeot 106 were the XN, the XL, the XR, the XT, the XS, and the GTi. In some of the European markets the second phase of the Rallye had the 1.6 Liter 16 v engine of the GTi.
After being produced for 13 years, the last of the Peugeot 106s rolled off the line of production in the year 2004. The replacement for the 106 was the Peugeot 107, which has been on the market since the early part of the year 2005.