It might be said 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car development began with the 1985 Peugeot Quasar concept car. The Quasar was an early indicator of what the 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car would look like.
Immense side intake ducts adorned the body, while occupants sat inside a massive glass canopy. Twin megaphone exhaust pipes blared out the back end. The Quasar also belted out a mean 600 horsepower, not far short of its later cousin, and was packed with electronic gadgetry from the Clarion company of Japan. A computer system stood ready to map out travel routes, perform a standard safety check, and warn of road and traffic conditions ahead.
For 1986 came the Peugeot Proxima concept vehicle, a free-form four-wheeler that hid beneath its avant-garde styling some of the high-tech mechanicals that made the French company a force on world rally competition.
Indeed, in 1988, a Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 rally car with four-wheel-steering made a record-breaking run up Pikes Peak. Peugeot teams have also fared well in World Cup Championship racing, prompting the development of a race car to enter the Sports-Prototype World Championship, which included the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The company had also been active in the electric-vehicle field, with a number of small fleets running in Europe. In 1989, Peugeot was the only full-scale automaker among seven finalists in a bid to bring electric vehicles to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Unfortunately, sales of conventional Peugeots in the U.S. didn't keep pace with the company's other successes, declining each year from 1984 to 1990.
Interior styling chief Paul Bracq, as reported in Automobile magazine, compared the Peugeot Oxia concept car with exoticars of decades past, calling it "my idea of a Delage, Delahaye, or Talbot for the 1990s." Though it wouldn't ever see service on real roads, certain features were slated to appear in Peugeot racing models -- and perhaps in production cars as well.
To demonstrate that Oxia was more than a showpiece, Peugeot invited journalists for a ride around a French track. With a Michelin test driver at the wheel, the supercoupe reached a speed of 217 mph, well above the company's claim.
Peugeot described its Peugeot Oxia concept car creation as "the very essence of the dreamer which lies hidden deep in the heart of modern man." It was the car that "all would like to own but nobody can."
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