About 2.5 million vehicles have been sold worldwide. It slotted into the Peugeot range between the smaller 309 and the larger 505, giving it a firm rival for the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier/Opel Vectra.
The 405 was the last Peugeot vehicle sold in the US, the company withdrawing in 1991.
Designed in France, it has been manufactured in:
- Europe: from 1987 to 1997 at Sochaux (France) and Ryton (UK).
- Zimbabwe: until 2002, by Quest.
- Egypt: Wagih Abaza produces the 405, as well as marketing other models.
- Iran: currently produced by Iran Khodro.
- Argentina:Several saloon models, including diesels were built in the Villa Bosch Peugeot facility from 1992 to 1999. In this country the 405 has been an extremely popular car, with total sales of over 500,000 units.
- Poland: Produced by FSO Lublin.
Iran Khodro also produces several models derived from the 405. The Peugeot Pars, also known as the Peugeot Persia, is a facelifted 405 with a redesigned front end including clear lamp lenses and a revised rear. The Peugeot RD is a rear wheel drive car which has a 405 body and mechanical parts from the Paykan. Since 2006, it has been sold in certain Middle Eastern markets as the Peugeot ROA.