In February of the year 1983, the Peugeot 205 was released. This was the latest version of the 2-series Peugeots. The thing that made this version special was that it looked right for the time and it was perfect for those drivers who had outgrown the Renault 5s. The idea of the Peugeot 205 was to fill in a gap that was left between the 104 and the 305 and for this reason it was always going to be a bit larger than the normal super mini being offered at the time.
The Peugeot 205 was initially launched as a 5 door and seemed a bit more grown up than its competitors.
The Peugeot 205 was known internally as the Project M24. The idea had been in development since the year 1978. The design was based off an existing Douvrin 4 cylinder transmission as well as some of the newer engines that were in development at the time. The plan was for it to work well with the petrol engines that spanned from 954 through 1580 cc as well as the 3 diesel power units.
The design of the 205 was led by Gerard Welter and a new in house team of designers. The interior of the vehicle was designed by Paul Bracq who specialized in family designs and had a strong brand identity. The company also used the expertise of Pininfarina. The styling is often referred to as being a Pininfarina design in total, but Welter states that it was entirely an in house design and that only the Cabriolet was designed by Pininfarina.
When the 205 was first launched it took a bit of time to gain in popularity. This may be one of the reasons that it did not win the European car for the year award in the year 1984. It came in second to the Fiat Uno.
End of an Era
In the year 1991, the 205 DTurbo was first introduced. It was launched using a turbocharged, powerful version of the 1769 cc engine. This version was considered to be the diesel equivalent for the GTi models. This model was instantly a hit and the styling parameters were echoed in each of the Peugeot models that were to follow. The exterior style of the vehicle never had a face lift and was not altered significantly during the entire fifteen years that it was manufactured. The dashboard was redesigned in the year 1988 and in the late part of the year 1990 there was a new design for the door and the cards, the rear light clusters had a new smoked look, and the front indicators received a clear design. In addition, catalytic converters and petrol injection were introduced in order to meet the new pollution limits that had been set.
In the year 1996, manufacturing of the Peugeot 205 was discontinued in the U.K. The 205 s has registrations for as late as August of 1996 that puts them with a P plate. Some of the later 205 models are found as being registered in the year 1995 with N plates. These models are typically found in either the Forever or the sporting styles of branding that was available for the car. The most common colors that are found for the 1996 model 205 s are either metallic blue/gray or red. The metallic color is seen less often than the red. Both of the cars using a P plate are extremely rare.
In continental Europe, the production of the 205 was gradually slowed down with production ending in 1998.