Last updated: June 13, 2015
Notice I don't say known and loved. As a teen and young adult I enjoyed tinkering with my transportation and really didn't care what other people thought about my vehicles. Now I just don't have the time to play with them.... well, except for the motorcycles.
I don't know why my father liked French automobiles. It might have had something to do with dropping bombs all over German-occupied France during WWII. At any rate, our family had a couple of French cars in addition to the obligatory American big-iron station wagon. We did have a combined Peugeot/Renault dealer in town until the late 1970's. The French cars sure were different. As Car Talk's Tom and Ray used to say, when it comes to engineering "The French follow no one, and no one follows the French!".
Peugeot stopped making cars for the U.S. market in 1991. There was a rumor in 2007 that they were considering reentering the U.S. market. Renault stopped selling cars in the U.S. in the late 1980's.