Peugeot's long-awaited 607 flagship sedan has gone on sale in most European markets after a brief delay in the spring when a French magazine questioned the stability of pre-production cars under demanding conditions.
Peugeot says there are no stability problems with the production cars.
Development of the Peugeot 607 started at PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's La Garenne design center but was moved to the assembly plant in Sochaux, France, in February 1996.
Pilot production started in July 1998, followed by pre-series production in July 1999. Job 1 was in November last year. Full production capacity is 200 cars a day.
Project investment was FF3.7 billion (E559.6 million). Design and development accounted for FF2.2 billion, and the investment for the production set-up totaled FF1.5 billion. Peugeot spent FF700 million on two major projects: a new aluminum processing operation, and stamping operations at Sochaux.
The weight of the 607 was reduced by using an aluminum hood and lining supplied by Pechiney. Compared with a steel hood, the aluminum version saves 7kg in weight, says PSA.
Both the manual and automatic gearboxes are carry-overs. The PSA-produced five-speed manual gearbox was first introduced in 1995, while the ZF four-speed automatic gearbox is also installed in the 406. The rear suspension uses the same concept as the 605, and the car has the same wheelbase as the outgoing model.
The complete exhaust system -together with the particle filter for the high-pressure direct-injection (HDi) engine - is produced by Faurecia. The engine management control system for the V-6 engine is supplied by Bosch. The seat airbags were developed by TRW.