Talbot Samba replacement

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

PSA again dipped into the corporate parts-bin when devising the Samba replacement. The most suitable idea was a car based around the 1986 Citroen AX…

Citroen AX-based replacement

During 1983/84, PSA investigated the possibility of producing a replacement for the Samba, which was based upon the upcoming Citroen AX. The plans did not develop much beyond this stage, thanks to the huge success of the Peugeot 205, which convinced PSA management that there would be no need for a third PSA supermini line.

Thanks to Julian Marsh for the “Talbot AX” pictures.


  1. At the time it couldn’t be justified, though now Peugeot-Citroen sell multiple small hatchbacks (107,207,C1,C3,DS3) it may have been workable with Talbot-Citroen-Peugeot on different spec / price points.

    As an aside, the AX lived on (in more or less it’s original form) as the Proton Tiara.

  2. While the AX-based Samba-replacement and Arizona (Peugeot 309) could not be justified as Talbots sold alongside existing Peugeot and Citroen models in Europe, it is still a pity Chrysler was never involved with PSA after Chrysler Europe was bought by the latter so both models ended up being sold as Chryslers / Dodges outside of Europe.

  3. Would’ve been forward thinking, given the modern motoring industry practice of platform sharing eg. the 107/C1/Aygo were the same car.
    Also, the modern practice of motoring groups to have a budget-middle market-premium range, Talbot-Citroen-Peugeot could’ve been rejigged to match this and counter the Korean cars that were starting to enter the market.

  4. Is it known whether the AX-based Samba replacement was to still carry over the Samba name had it reached production or instead was to be sold under a different model name in the same way the Horizon replacement was to become the Arizona?

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