Production of the Peugeot 309 began at the Ryton car factory near Coventry


Monday 28th October 1985

Production of the Peugeot 309 began at the Ryton car factory near Coventry. A small family hatchback, the 309 was the first “foreign” car to be built in the UK. It was originally going to be badged as the Talbot Arizona, but Peugeot decided that the Talbot badge would be discontinued on passenger cars in 1986 and that the Ryton plant would then be used for the production of its own products, including a larger four-door saloon (similar in size to the Ford Sierra) which was due in two years.


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