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Peugeot 208 Cabriolet Coming in 2015 with Fabric Roof

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs, Cars, Peugeot

Building convertibles based on regular family cars is like driving into an invisible wall. Sales have been on the decline for quite a few years, which means many companies are dropping their tops or is it the other way around.


But while there`s still a market, the French are willing to risk it. Especially Peugeot, spurred on by the success its new cars, which according to a recent report wants to re-capture the spirit of the 206 CC and 207 CC with a new model based on the 208.


Rather than go with a heavy and complex folding metal roof like with the old models, a lighter fabric one would reduce the complexity and the weight of the car.

Peogeot 208 Cabriolet

This is in line with philosophy which stands behind the regular 208 hatch, which is much smaller and lighter than the 207 it replaced.


When on sale in 2015, the 208 cabriolets will have an automatic mechanism that`s tucked away into the boot. Unlike its sister car from Citroen, the DS3 Cabrio, this will not keep its thick roof pillars. It will be a 2 door car, but based on the suggested 4 meter length the 2 plus 2 seating configuration is likely to be kept.


The engine choices will be carried over from the regular 208 model, going all the way up to the GTI hot hatch`s 200 hp mill. It is believed that the debut will take place at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales starting shortly after from 19,000 Euro`s [in France for a base model with a 1.2 VTi 82 engine].


Via autoevolution.com

 

27/03/2014

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Meet Sebastian Loeb’s Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Challenger

by on Apr.15, 2013, under Cars, Peugeot

The French are coming to this year’s edition of the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (June 30) with Peugeot and nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb who will be driving the newly developed 208 T16, the first full pictures of which were released today along with a short promotional video that also features the 405 T16.

 Meet Sebastian Loeb's Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Challenger _1

Peugeot hopes it can repeat the success it had with the 405 T16, which claimed back-to-back victories in 1988 and 1989, in the hands of Finnish rally driver Ari Vatanen and American former Indy Racing League driver and eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Robby Unser, respectively.

 

Sébastien Loeb says he was “struck” and greatly inspired by the film ‘Climb Dance’ (see video below) that was produced to commemorate Vatanen’s success.

 

Not surprisingly, the 208 T16 has very little in common with the familiar French supermini with which it shares its name, though, Peugeot is still holding back on the details surrounding the mid-engine racer.

 

“Its proportions are very different to those of the production 208,” states Michael Trouvé, who is in charge of silhouette design at Peugeot’s Styling Centre. “This difference gives it an almost beast-like appearance. Peugeot Sport provided us with a number of technical constraints, such as the width, body height, location of the wheels and engine, and we worked to this brief to produce an extreme take on the 208.”

 

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Peugeot to Release 2008 Crossover

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, Peugeot

Peugeot to Release 2008 Crossover

Peugeot to Release 2008 Crossover

Peugeot to Release 2008 Crossover

Peugeot has announced its 2008 crossover, a B-segment urban vehicle with off-road pretensions. As with most crossovers, it’s not the ideal vehicle with which to go mud-plugging, but it has the look of toughness and a raised ride height that buyers of the genre like.

Surprisingly, they are doing well in many countries, including China and Brazil, where many 2008s will be built. They’re also coming out of Peugeot’s plant down in Mulhouse, France, for most international markets.

The B-segment is currently fielded by the likes of the Ford EcoSport in Brazil, the second generation of which will also be sold in China and other markets.

Brazilians, too, seem to favour crossover versions of humble hatchbacks such as the Fiat Uno, Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Fox.

Peugeot to Release 2008 Crossover

Peugeot to Release 2008 Crossover

Seeing this boom, Peugeot has tried to incorporate the tastes of all its big markets, without the result looking bland. The 2008 manages to incorporate most of the Peugeot look, from the floating grille to the distinctive taillight shapes. There is also a stylistic relationship to the larger, Mitsubishi RVR-based Peugeot 4008.

The result is a crossover measuring 4•16 m in length, fitted with what Peugeot calls Mud & Snow tyres, 17-inch wheels and ‘pronounced wheel arches that give it an appealing road presence and stance,’ according to the release. The idea is to ape the SUV look in a smaller package.

Engines will include the three-cylinder petrol engines first seen in the 208 as well as Peugeot’s e-HDi diesel. Carbon dioxide emissions are expected to begin at 99 g/km.

Source: Lucire

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Peugeot Urban Crossover concept (The next Peugeot 2008)

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