Huge articulation, a Peugeot turbodiesel, and the legendary Panhard name tacked on? What more could you possibly want? More info and a few videos of the Auverland after the jump.
A video tour of the A3 is below:
The Auverland family of rugged military and para-military jeeplets were initially produced by, according to one source, a small French company called Samo (or by another account, an engineering firm called Cournil), after which the proto-Auverland family diverged into two awesome branches. One became União Metalo-Mecânica of Portugal, and the other became Auverland. Auverland was successful enough that they were able to procure the rights to the legendary Panhard name from the PSA group, becoming their own French conglomerate of Gauloises-puffing misfits: the Panhard-Auverland group.
The Auverland A3 and A4 have a following (I don’t think I can characterize it as “huge”) for their no-nonsense, dirt-loving ways. The motor and running gear are tough, the interiors chintzy, weatherproofing is questionable, and it has a targa roof. In other words, if your vehicular fantasies are less Megan-Fox-washing-a-Ferrari and more Audrey-Tatou-waxing-a-Traction-Avant, this might be the offroader of your francophile dreams.
4wdonline.com, Wikipedia, difflock.com