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Old 09-20-2012, 06:01 AM   #1
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Default Randomly Spotted: Modern Peugeot 407…on the New Jersey Turnpike?










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I was recently sifting through some of my slightly dated photos and stumbled upon some examples of an interesting find. Long story short, I was traveling through New Jersey on the Turnpike when I noticed a fairly odd looking vehicle. It was one that some how stuck out at me and rang the bell: hey, that doesn’t belong here!

And that’s because what I spotted was a modern Peugeot 407 cruising along with traffic in the “Cars Only” section of the Turnpike northbound. Something’s going on here…

So why is this odd? This is an oddity because Peugeot pulled out of the US and Canadian market in 1992 after 33 years of operations. It was only in 1997 that Peugeot apparently began selling new models in Mexico. However, according to a quick search on Wikipedia, no new Peugeot can be imported into the US through Mexico. Additionally, Peugeot USA’s website also states the following:
Automobiles Peugeot does not manufacture vehicles that conform to current United States regulations. For this reason it is unfortunately impossible for anyone to import a Peugeot model into the USA . Should anybody attempt to do so, the vehicle will be blocked at the port of arrival and will not be allowed to be operated in the USA and Canada .
As of this date, Automobiles Peugeot has no plan for resuming the sales of its vehicles in the USA or Canada
Taking the information here, that Peugeot 407 and the very few other new Peugeots I saw don’t have any business driving on US roads, including our famed NJ Turnpike. To add to the mystery, the 407 I spotted was sporting a rear NJ “DTM” dealer/manufacturer plate. So that could mean so very few things: either someone is paying a pretty penny for a Frenchie family sedan, or Peugeot could be secretively testing its new models in the US as a potential pitch for a reentry. Alfa Romeo is supposed to be coming back. So why not Peugeot? Either way, someone’s pulling some serious strings.
To feed the fire even more, I added a picture of a RCZ coupe I spotted in the parking garage of the Cobo Center in Detroit during this past year’s North American International Auto Show. Unfortunately, I did not catch the registration plates on the RCZ.

This particularly interests me because it’s been a very long time since Peugeot has ever sold anything new here. Surely, they left off with a bit of a sour note from quirky ergonomics and spotty build quality and reliability. But those were the old days and quality control is stricter than ever before. If Peugeot made reliable cars that were priced and drove well, hell, I’d rock an RCZ coupe.

As of this post, I sent my inquiry to Peugeot USA and Peugeot’s global website for response. It would be interesting to see what they have to say. In the event that they do, stay tuned and I’ll report back.
Supplementing my photos are Peugeot’s manufacturer photos of equivalent generation.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Looks like a chrysler 200.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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Exactly how long ago was this taken? That''s a new VW Passat next to it in the bottom pic.

Last fall I saw a 406 coupe with Michigan manufacturer plates driving in a rural part (yes, they exist) of NJ. I tailed it for a few miles before it slowed to turn into a state park that had a sign posted for a French car show.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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Looks like a chrysler 200.
With a little Hyundai Tucson mixed in.

But for realsies; HELLO blind spot C-pillar!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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Funny, I saw a renault clio with mexico plates in ma yesterday.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:21 AM   #6
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Is the author really that dumb?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #7
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Is the author really that dumb?
That or trying to create a story where there may be none.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #8
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I cannot get over how long the front overhang is.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #9
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Why does this thing even exist?
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #10
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I mean damn!!!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:43 AM   #11
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I see a Pulsar GTI-R in Vegas all the time, wondering how the person managed to federalize it. Especially since hes just an E3 in the military. Havn't had a chance to talk to him.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:26 AM   #12
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I see a Pulsar GTI-R in Vegas all the time
There's a black one up here in AK.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:10 AM   #13
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Now a 406 GTS would be news worthy

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #14
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I see a Pulsar GTI-R in Vegas all the time, wondering how the person managed to federalize it. Especially since hes just an E3 in the military. Havn't had a chance to talk to him.
I had a co-worker in Utah that has a white GTI-R. He registered as a kit car that came in the country as parts and reassembled back together in Utah.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:01 AM   #15
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:08 AM   #16
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I had a co-worker in Utah that has a white GTI-R. He registered as a kit car that came in the country as parts and reassembled back together in Utah.
That is a good idea. This probably is how he did it.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:08 PM   #17
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there were a bunch of pulsars brought in by sun imports and quite a few by individuals before 1996 when nhtsa clamped down hard on grey market cars. plus the shady imports, if your thinking of doing the shady side of things talk to some skyline owners/ former owners.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:19 PM   #18
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On september 28th there are 5 or 6 pulsar/sunny GTI-R going on sale in NH.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:38 PM   #19
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Bump because I was driving on I-495 in Delaware this morning and passed a Renault Fluence wearing Mexican plates. Driving too fast to snap it and, besides the fact that it looked like The Most Interesting Man in the World was driving it, it did not seem noteworthy.

http://www.renault.com/en/vehicules/...s/fluence.aspx

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