matra simca rancho

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Matra P17/P18, 1978-1980. Matra began work on a monobox MPV type vehicle as a replacement for the Matra-Simca Rancho. Initially they offered the prototypes to Peugeot, who had taken over Chrysler Europe’s operations. Peugeot were already having serious doubts about the future viability of their acquisition, which they had had relaunched using the historic Talbot brand, and turned down Matra’s proposal. The P18 was then offered to Renault who saw its potential and the car was launched in 1984 as the original Renault Espace