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Geneva Preview – Peugeot

2011 Peugeot RCZ GT

The French automaker Peugeot will be bringing to this year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show the facelifted 308 lineup, including hatchback, estate and the CC model, along with two special edition models.

The first one is going to be the beautiful RCZ Asphalt which is going to be based on the most powerful configuration of the coupe, offering 200 hp from the 1.6-liter turbocharged power unit. Set to go on sale this spring, the car will be available with a matt grey paintwork, two-tone 19-inch alloy rims as well as a whole bunch of interior and exterior upgrades.

The second limited model will be based on the 3008 Hybrid4 crossover, which will feature a 163 hp TDI engine with front-wheel drive and an electric motor that will develop another 37 ponies to the rear wheels, rounding up the power figure to 200 hp. The car will have a “0 emission” mode and it will do 61.9 mpg (3.8 liters / 100 km). Only 300 units will be produced and all of them will be available with a Pearlescent White exterior finish along with a two-tone full leather trim.

Peugeot will also bring two older concept studies, the EX1 and the HR1, plus their new 908 Le Mans racecar that was revealed a couple of weeks ago by Peugeot Sport.

Peugeot 308 GTI revealed, packs 200 HP

Peugeot caused a lot of unrest late last year when it announced that it is going to retire its GTI brand. Seeing the public disapproval of the move, the French carmaker then revealed that it will continue to honor its sporting pedigree and teased about the future.

Now, French hot hatch fans will definitely be pleased as the Peugeot 308 GTI has been officially revealed. The new performance compact will pack the same 1.6-liter THP engine as found on the recent RCZ roadster, and develop 200 HP alongside 202 lb-ft of torque.

The engine will propel the hot hatch from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds and up to 147 mph. While that may not seem like a lot, the French company promises a fuel average of just 34 mpg (US) on the combined EU cycle and just 159 g/km of CO2.

In terms of styling, the 308 GTI will differentiate itself with a new rear spoiler, taken from the 308 CC, a rear wing, chromed twin exhaust pipes and a carbon fiber front lip. As usual, expect GTI badges to adorn both the outside and the inside of the car. On the interior you will also find aluminum pedals and gear shifter, as well as a sports steering wheel and a piano black finish on the dash. To give it that extra dose of quality, Peugeot has installed the Sound System Technology, which upgrades the quality of the sound system.

No word yet on when we can expect this new French hot hatch, but a fall release date might not be too far off. Until then, check out the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Peugeot 308 GTI


Peugeot working on 308 GTI hot hatch

In what is a pretty surprising move, Peugeot is now rumored to be working on a hot hatchback variant of its 308 model, which might see the resurrection of the GTI badge.

As you all know, the French company revealed some time ago that it will retire the badge, because hot hatches aren’t that profitable (we beg to differ though). Shortly thereafter, the carmaker returned and revealed that the badge is just going on a hiatus, and that it might return if market conditions are favorable.

Now, it seems that the market has improved enough to warrant a hot French hatch. The presumed 308 GTI will be sporting the PSA Alliance’s 1.6-liter gasoline engine, good for around 200 HP. As you might remember, the same engine will grace the upcoming RCZ roadster model.

The model is expected this fall at the Paris Motor Show. Another thing is for sure, Peugeot will be releasing it only in a five-door body style, as that is the most popular one for the regular 308.

Would a Peugeot 308 GTI make you interested once more in the French carmaker? Share your thoughts below.


2008 Paris Special: The new Peugeot 308 CC makes world debut

Beside the RC HYmotion4, the new Peugeot 308 CC also made its world debut. On a market where folding hard top convertibles are getting more popular than the traditional soft top one, it seems like the new 308 has all the chances to continue the 307 CC’s success. Comparing it to the previous generation, exterior and interior changes are the same ones from the new 308, which is allready available in hatchback and SW versions. We’re not going to go through all the changes the new 308 CC, because we’ve allready covered that in a previous post (click here). Instead, we’re gonna let you enjoy the photos we took at the Paris show.

Photo Gallery: Peugeot 308 CC at the Paris Motor Show


Official: the new Peugeot 308 CC

With the new generation Peugeot 308 being on the market for some time now, it was time for Peugeot to upgrade the CC version also. And now we have the official announcement of the new Peugeot 308 CC.

Considering that Peugeot were the ones that pioneered the modern concept of the affordable coupe cabriolet, they didn’t let us down because the 308 CC actually looks pretty good. The car has a low sporty profile, pretty similar to the superb Peugeot RC-Z Concept and features like the LED rear lights make the car wonderful to look at.

On the interior, we have deeply sculpted and supportive front seats, with integral head restraints and inbuilt “Airwave” air vent system which diffuses warm air around the occupant’s neck. Not to mention that the interior is entirely trimmed in leather.

Under the bonnet, besides the engines already available, Peugeot will offer a new 140 hp 2.0 litre HDi FAP Euro 5 diesel engine and there are also some hints that the Peugeot 308 CC will also be availble with a hybrid propulsion.

To try and make it as good as possible for day-to-day use, Peugeot has fitted the CC with a number of dedicated storage spaces, while the trunk has a capacity of 465 litres or 266 litres with the roof folded. Of course, the CC will have a lot of “goodies”, such as an MP3 CD audio system, USB Box ( with iPod / MP3 connectivity), hands-free phone kit, user-friendly satellite navigation system offering a MP3 CD audio system, Bluetooth functionality and satellite navigation with a retractable 7? 16/9 colour display.

The Peugeot 308 CC will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and we can’t wait to get there and have a look at this beautiful car.

Complete photo gallery after the jump.

Geneva Preview: Peugeot 308 GT and SW

At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot will present its latest additions to the 308 range, the sporty Peugeot 308 GT and the all new Peugeot 308 SW.

The 308 GT will be Peugeot’s new top of the range model and it will be powered by the 175 hp 1.6 litre turbocharged THP petrol engine mated to a new 6-speed manual gearbox. This powertrain was used by the 207 GTi and it also powers the Mini Cooper S. The 308 GT goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). Besides the new engine, the car also fetures a lower front bumper, a rear spoiler and a reduced overall ride height, while on the interior the customers will have aluminium gear knob and foot pedals, plus a new steering wheel design.

The other Peugeot premiere, the 308 SW is based on the 308 SW Prologue Concept, presented last year at the Frankfurt show and it will have an increased wheelbase and overhang rear (by 100 mm and 124 mm), which allowed Peugeot to add a third passenger seats row. The 308 SW will be available with a wide range of engines, including the naturally aspirated 95 hp 1.4 liter and 120 HP 1.6 liter, plus the 1.6 liter turbocharged unit, available with 140 hp, 150 hp and 175 hp. The diesel engine offer include the 90 hp 1.4-liter, the 110 hp 1.6-liter and 136 hp 1.6-liter.

The 308 GT will be available starting this spring, while the 308 SW’s sales will start this summer.


Peugeot 308 and Kia Cee’d, 5 stars safety at Euro NCAP tests

Latest Euro NCAP tests had some pretty interesting results. First of all, it’s the first time Kia achieves a 5-star rating, the Cee’d having an overall score of 34 points. Second of all, Peugeot’ proves once again that it makes some of the safest cars on the streets, with the new 308 joining Peugeot’s 1007, 207 and 407 5-stars rating. In the child protection tests both models were awarded with 4 out 5 stars while in pedestrian protection, the Cee’d got a mediocre 2-star rating (out of 4) and the Peugeot a 3 star rating.