Renault took us by surprise yesterday when officials confirmed plans to revive Moskvitch. The Paris-based automaker is also busily bringing Alpine back to life, the Chinese recently resurrected Borgward, Jensen is on track to introduce a new Interceptor next year and TVR believes it can launch four new sports cars in the next few years.
All told, it’s been a pretty good year for fans of defunct European automakers. What other car companies do you think deserve to live again?
I think it’d be interesting to see what PSA Peugeot – Citroën can do with Panhard. Most of Panhard’s cars were characterized by a unique design that was highly aerodynamic, and the later models were powered by an air-cooled flat-twin engine. Aerodynamic cars and down-sized engines are becoming increasingly popular today as automakers desperately try to reduce emissions, so I think the idea of a 21st century Panhard has potential if it’s done right.
Of course, you can easily argue that it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie — god forbid Panhard gets revived as a low-cost brand that sells cheap crossovers and ten-year old PSA models on the Chinese market, or something like that.