With the acquisition of Talbot (formerly Chrysler UK),
Art Blakeslee, Talbot's Design Director offered Peugeot some design
alternatives to the Bertone and Trevor Fiore offerings.
Talbot were given
the same package information and quickly produced three or four
full-sized clay models which were quickly whittled down to two from
which fibreglass models were built.
big programme 'want' was to save on tooling, materials and servicing
costs so there were restrictions on the amount of glass and steel used.
There was also the requirement to use 'carry over' components like the headlamps which were 'off the shelf'.
the time of the Design Review at Garenne (1982 or 1983), the project
was given the codenames ZO-A and ZO-B (although the latter was dropped
since it is rude in French).
Further evidence of cost cutting was the single rear view mirror and the single wiper.