Time, in an automotive sense, tends to stop for most of us when an automaker leaves the market. That final impression usually lingers, even though time and technology roll on.
So, if you've heard that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering a return to North America, don't think that this is the same company producing the same quality of vehicles from 1991, the year PSA retreated from America.
Indeed, France's auto industry, which includes Renault, has undergone a radical transformation in the last quarter century and has produced some of Europe's most stylish and creative cars.
For example, Renault's Twingo from the early '90s had the happiest face seen on a car since the Austin-Healey "bug-eye" Sprite of the early 1960s. The Twingo's influence has been massive and global.