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Peugeot e-208 goes far enough for long-distance couples

Peugeot e-208 goes far enough for long-distance relationships

New research by Peugeot has found that most long-distance relationships could be bridged by the new Peugeot e-208 and its 217-mile range.

It found that of the 1,500 long-distance relationships it researched, 75 percent are less than 200 miles apart. Long-distance travel for your significant other can get expensive, especially given that Peugeot’s research found that couples meet up an average of 21 times a year, including Valentine’s Day. Around a third of respondents said that a long-distance romantic rendezvous had to be put on ice because of limited funds. 

Peugeot e-208 goes far enough for long-distance relationships

In fuel costs, that would mount up significantly. Over an average distance of 145 miles, petrol and diesel drivers would spend a respective £16.50 and £14.90 for a round trip. Over a year, that’s £346.35 and £312.70. This, based on average fuel consumption of 50.5mpg and 57.9mpg.

By switching to the e-208, a 145-mile journey would use 33.4kWh of electricity, at a value of £5.18 when plugged into a home charge point. Over the course of a year, for the same amount of travel, an e-208 would cost long-distance lovers just £108.72. That’s a saving of £200, to be put towards grand gestures and dates.

Furthermore, Peugeot’s new scheme with Polar plus could save couples even more, at least for the first six months of ownership. Buyers of electrified Peugeot models will have access to 4,500 charging stations distributing free electricity, for six months. 

Peugeot e-208 goes far enough for long-distance relationships

“Electric cars could be the solution to three-quarters of all long-distance couples in the UK,” said David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK. 

“To help keep driving costs even lower, Peugeot is collaborating with Polar Plus, the UK’s largest public charging network, to give new Peugeot electric or plug-in hybrid car drivers a six-month free subscription to the Polar Plus network.”

Peugeot offers six months free charging for new EV and PHEV buyers

Peugeot offers six months free electric car charging

Peugeot is offering six months of free charging to buyers of its all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. The offer applies to everything from the new e-208 to the 3008 PHEV

The Polar Plus subscription gives electrified Peugeot buyers access to 7,000 charging points across the country. The company is rolling out 150kW DC rapid chargers, usable by Peugeot’s BEV models.

Peugeot e-208 free six months charging

These will allow a 0-80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Not all of Polar Plus’s chargers will be absolutely free to use, however. A select few will still charge at a rate of 12p per kWh.

Your Peugeot dealer will give you a key fob or RFID card to use with the charging points. This should simplify the process of plugging in and juicing up.

Peugeot offers six months free electric car charging

Once the six-month period is up, drivers will be able to continue their subscription for £7.85 per month. Alternatively, a per-use basis is available, with Polar Instant.

“With more than 7,000 public charging points across the UK, Peugeot’s collaboration with Polar Plus is a great way to encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles,” said David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK.

Peugeot offers six months free electric car charging

“One of the main hesitations around EVs is access to charging points, and drivers who subscribe to Polar Plus when buying a new fully-electric or plug-in hybrid Peugeot model will find it far easier to access the energy they need when travelling throughout the UK.”

The electrified Peugeot range starts with the e-208, and continues through the e-2008 all-electric crossover, which is now available to order. PHEV versions of the 3008 SUV, 508 and 508 SW are also available. The e-208 is good for 217 miles of range, under the WLTP rating, while the 2008 can go 206 miles.

Peugeot to enter Le Mans 2022 with hybrid hypercar

Peugeot Le Mans 2022

Peugeot has announced plans to return to Le Mans once the Hypercar class is well established. The new racer will join the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Toyota GR SuperSport on the grid in 2022.

Peugeot last won Le Mans in 2009 with the diesel-powered 908 HDI FAP. It was due to race in 2012, but backed out at the eleventh hour due to budgetary constraints. The more ‘affordable’ Hypercar class means that shouldn’t happen again.

Peugeot hypercar is comingPeugeot Le Mans 2022

One of the main goals of the new Hypercar class, as well as increasing the connection between race and road cars, is to significantly cut costs. LMP racing famously became so expensive that even Porsche and Audi pulled their support in recent years.

The aim for this new WEC class is to attract more manufacturers to a cheaper, more relatable series of top-level endurance racing. It seems to be working.

The new class will allow manufacturers to choose whether they race with hybrid power. Given Peugeot’s increasing focus on electric cars, we suspect its Le Mans contender will be electrically boosted. And there will be a production Peugeot hypercar, too. The rules mandate that 20 road-going versions must be produced in order to homologate the racers. We definitely wouldn’t say no to a modern interpretation of 1989’s Oxia Concept…

Peugeot Le Mans 2022

“The Peugeot brand’s passion for motorsport has always played a core role in achieving the many victories we have scored in our history,” said Peugeot brand director, Jean-Philippe Imparato.

“The changes that the FIA WEC is introducing fit now with the transition we are undergoing ourselves with the electrification of our range and the launch of high-performance products, developed in close association with PSA Motorsport.”

Peugeot to sell its motorcycle division to Mahindra

Peugeot motocycles sold to Mahindra

Mahindra Two Wheelers Europe is taking full control of Peugeot Motocycles (sic), with a 100 percent stake in the French company.

Mahindra had already acquired part of Peugeot’s motorcycle division: it bought 51 percent in January 2015. 

French by name, but Indian-owned

Peugeot bikes will still be badged as such. Mahindra has a trade licence agreement with Peugeot to continue with the name.

Peugeot motocycles sold to Mahindra

In fact, in spite of Mahindra buying out the bike division, there will still be a working relationship. Peugeot will continue working on motorcycles in ‘close co-operation with PMTC management and the Mahindra Group’.

The company’s base of operations will also remain in Mandeure, France. Over the next two years, seven new bikes are planned

“This decision by the shareholders will ensure that Peugeot Motocycles benefits from the expertise of a significant global player in the two wheelers industry,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato,  executive vice president of Peugeot Brand. 

“We at Peugeot will maintain our commitment through our utilisation of the Peugeot brand and extend our support to design and technological innovations.”

Peugeot motocycles sold to Mahindra

“We are seeing positive momentum at Peugeot Motocycles,” said Rajesh Jejurikar, member of the board at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

“Kisbee becoming the largest selling 50cc vehicle in Europe, Peugeot Metropolis getting stronger in Europe and China, the positive market response to the new launch of the Urban GT connected Pulsion, are all cases in point. We fully support PMTC’s ‘Performance 2020’ and look forward to the future with enhanced optimism.”

2020 Peugeot 208 review: French flair with an electric edge

2020 Peugeot 208 review

‘Unboring the future’. Every time I see Peugeot’s new ad tagline, it sets my teeth on edge. The marketing whizzkid responsible should be frog-marched from the office and tried for crimes against grammar. Still, the new 208 does look avant-garde and, well, unboring. To my eyes, it’s the prettiest supermini on sale. It’s also future-proofed with a fully electric version, expected to take 20 percent of UK sales.

Peugeot has been on a roll recently. The 3008 is the default small SUV and the 508 is a credible rival for the BMW 3 Series. As its bestseller and most iconic model, the 208 should reaffirm that renaissance. “This car represents the best of the brand,” says CEO Carlos Tavares. The stakes are high.

Sitting within what carmakers call the B-segment, the 208 takes on household names such as the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo. Prices start at £16,250, or £229 a month over two years with a £700 deposit. The electric e-208 is much pricier, at £25,050 after the £3,500 government plug-in car grant is deducted, or £289 a month with £5,450 upfront.

2020 Peugeot 208 review

 

Peugeot wants customers to pick a powertrain in the same way they’d choose a trim level. For the former, those options are petrol, diesel or electric. A performance-oriented plug-in hybrid – which could wear the fabled GTI badge – is mooted, although Tavares remained tight-lipped. Here’s hoping.

The 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine is available in three outputs: 75, 100 or 130hp. The 75hp unit comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, the 100hp offers a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto, and the 130hp version is auto-only. Conversely, the 100hp 1.5 diesel only comes with the six-speed stick-shift. The electric version doesn’t have a conventional gearbox and is fully automatic.

All engines are offered in Active, Allure and GT-Line grades, plus there’s a fully-loaded GT spec for the e-208. Standard kit on Active includes air conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear parking sensors and 16-inch alloys. Allure adds 17-inch wheels, LED rear lights and a 3D version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit display (more on that shortly). GT-Line gets sportier styling, including wheelarch extensions and ‘lion’s claw’ headlights, while GT comes with driver aids such as active cruise control and lane-keep assist.

2020 Peugeot 208 review

I begin with the 130hp petrol GT-Line. In Faro Yellow (a no-cost option, seen here) it looks fantastic: shrink-wrapped and squat of stance. Its snub nose is framed by sabre-toothed running lights, the squared-off C-pillar is a nod to the classic 205 and the gloss-black details are pleasingly premium. Underneath, you’ll find the same CMP platform as the DS 3 Crossback and forthcoming Vauxhall Corsa, but the three could scarcely look more different.

The 208’s cabin is like nothing else in this class, too. For the uninitiated, Peugeot’s i-Cockpit has an unusually small steering wheel, the idea being that you read the dials (or digital display – depending on spec) over the wheel rather than through it. Taller drivers seem to struggle, complaining of squashed knees, but my 5ft 7in frame was amply accommodated. A case of try before you buy.

2020 Peugeot 208 review

New for the 208 is a 3D-effect driver display, which shifts important info to the foreground and looks vaguely like a hologram. Peugeot says it can improve reaction times by 0.5 seconds at motorway speeds. It certainly ticks the ‘futuristic’ box. Elsewhere, chunky toggle switches and contrast stitching add some va-va-voom (sorry, wrong brand) and quality feels close to Volkswagen levels. Shame the fiddly touchscreen makes certain tasks, such as adjusting cabin temperature, a two-stage process.

The e-208 has its electric motor beneath the bonnet and batteries under the back seat (where the fuel tank would be), so interior and boot space are the same regardless of powertrain. Headroom is fine in the front, but rather limited for those behind, particularly if you specify a sunroof. All 208s have five doors for easy access, though, and two rear USB ports should keep children entertained on long journeys.

So far, so good, but the 208 driving experience is more mixed. I’m a fan of the peppy 130hp engine and the EAT8 auto ’box is responsive and smooth. With just 1,165kg to propel, it does a convincing impression of a warm hatch (indeed, 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds matches the original 205 1.6 GTI). However, while that Playstation-sized wheel delivers darty changes of direction, it’s over-assisted and short on feedback. Unlike in a Ford Fiesta, you never feel fully connected to the car.

2020 Peugeot 208 review

My other gripe concerns the ride, which never really settles down – even in the heavier 1,455kg e-208. Perhaps this is a deliberate ploy by Peugeot to differentiate its cars from softly-sprung Citroens. The 208’s jostling and jiggling wasn’t overly intrusive on smooth Portuguese roads, but could become tiresome in the UK. The pay-off is taut body-control and composed cornering.

After lunch, I swap into the 100hp diesel. Claimed fuel economy is 67.3mpg, versus 50.4-52.3mpg for the 100hp petrol, but the £1,500 extra upfront cost only makes sense for high-mileage drivers. No wonder only five percent of UK 208s will drink from the black pump. If you do choose the diesel, rest assured it’s decently refined and a capable motorway cruiser. The manual gearbox is a bit vague and long-of-throw, though.

2020 Peugeot 208 review

Dinner that evening is spent in the company of Tavares, who is clearly enthused about Peugeot’s EV plans. “Half our cars will be electric or electrified [i.e. plug-in hybrid] by 2020,” he says. So it seems apt that the e-208 awaits the following morning. Apart from a couple of ‘e’ badges, it looks identical to the regular car. “That’s what buyers want,” explains Tavares, although Volkswagen – which recently launched its standalone ID electric sub-brand – clearly begs to differ.

The e-208 feels similar to drive, too. The controls are the same and the extra weight is low down in the chassis, so it doesn’t adversely affect handling. The motor offers instant response, especially in Sport mode, along with 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds. Maximise your range by using ‘B’ mode (for additional regenerative braking) and you should manage 211 miles between charges. The time taken to ‘fill up’ is hugely variable, depending on supply, but a motorway fast-charger manages 80 percent in 30 minutes, while a home wallbox does 100 percent in 7.5 hours.

If you have a charger at home or work, the e-208 offers few compromises and several notable benefits – not least the environmental kudos of driving an EV. Price is its main stumbling block, although Peugeot says the long-term cost of ownership is on par with the 100hp petrol auto, largely thanks to lower fuel and maintenance bills. If you really want to save money, however, the 75hp petrol is the obvious choice. So it’s this 208 I choose for my final drive.

2020 Peugeot 208 review

Within a few miles, I’ve fallen for it. The entry-level engine is gutless at first, but eager to rev. The five-ratio gearbox has a snappier shift than the six-speeder. And the ride on smaller 16-inch wheels is more absorbent. It even comes with a proper handbrake, instead of an electric one. Frankly, it feels like all the 208 you’re likely to need.

The copy-and-paste conclusion for most supermini reviews is: ‘less fun than a Fiesta, not as posh as a Polo’. Well, the 208 isn’t as fun as the bestselling Ford, but it does feel as upmarket as the Volkswagen – with a bonus dose of French flair. It also looks much cooler than the new Corsa. If the design seduces you, there is probably a 208 to suit, be it petrol, diesel or EV, so it’s certainly a car worth considering. Now Mr Tavares, about that GTI…

2020 Peugeot 208 1.2 130 GT-Line: specification

Engine: 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

Power: 130hp

0-62mph: 8.7 seconds

Top speed: 129mph

Fuel economy: 52.2mpg

CO2: 103g/km

Length/width/height: 4,055/1,960/1,430mm

Boot size: 311 litres

2020 Peugeot 208: example prices

1.2 PureTech petrol 75hp Active manual: £16,250

1.2 PureTech petrol 100hp Allure manual: £18,850

1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100hp Allure manual: £20,350

Electric 50 kWh Allure: £26,250

1.2 PureTech petrol 130hp GT-Line auto: £23,350

Electric 50 kWh GT: £29,650

2020 Peugeot 208: in pictures

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Peugeot builds super-tough 3008 SUV for Top Gear

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

Peugeot has prepared its 3008 crossover for wilderness adventures.

The car started life as a 1.6-litre PureTech GT Line, not unlike one you might see outside a school at closing time. This one-off, however, had bigger plans.

Peugeot 3008 vs. Vietnam

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

So what’s different about this special 3008? Quite a bit. Cooper AT3 off-road tyres wrap the 17-inch steel wheels, while the underbody is protected by skid plates.

There’s also a massive LED light bar mounted atop a stout alloy roof rack. And the 3008 is a camper of sorts, thanks to the addition of a retractable ARB Simpson roof tent.

Out back, there’s a bike rack and bike for when the trails get too tough even for this pumped-up Pug.

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

Although the incongruity of a 3008 getting this treatment is interesting, it pays to remember that Peugeot is no stranger to extreme off-roading, with its history of Dakar Rally machines. 

The 3008 truck was created specifically for a Top Gear magazine feature and successfully tackled part of the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vietnam.

Peugeot 3008 Ultimate SUV concept

“This one-off model exemplifies the practicality and off-road ability of our best-selling SUV,” said David Peel, MD of Peugeot UK.

“With relatively minor modifications, the 3008 has tackled some tough terrain, proving the effectiveness of its Advanced Grip Control technology and demonstrating its true outdoor potential.”

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Free Ray-Ban sunglasses for Peugeot buyers

Free Ray-Ban sunglasses

Peugeot is giving away two pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses with every new 108 city car ordered this summer.

The offer – which is available from now until the end of September – applies to the 108 and 108 Top.

Customers can choose from two frames and four different Ray-Ban styles: Aviator, Clubmaster, New Wayfarer and Round Metal. 

A quick search on the Ray-Ban website suggests this is worth around £250 (the price of two pairs of sunglasses), which could be used as a negotiation tool if you don’t fancy the shades.

Nobody on the road

Peugeot free Ray-Ban offer

For the full Boys (and girls) of Summer effect, you really need a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and the 108 Top with its retractable roof.

Right now, the 108 Top Collection is available for the price of the equivalent 108 hatchback. That’s a saving of £1,000.

The 108 Collection features a white or brushed aluminium ‘speed decal’ and is available in a choice of six body colours. Standard features include 15-inch alloys, tinted rear windows and LED daytime running lights.

Nobody on the beach

Peugeot 108

David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK, said: “At Peugeot we believe in creating cars with a sharp design.

“Our partnership with Ray-Ban is a great match – with our summer offer, Peugeot buyers can enjoy their sharply styled new car with their chic new sunglasses.”

Peugeot 108 prices start from £11,935 for the Active trim, rising to £13,340 for the Allure and £13,990 for the Collection. Monthly PCP deals start from £119 – the equivalent of a pair of Ray-Ban sunnies.

Standard features across the range include LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB radio and Bluetooth.

All models are powered by a Euro 6 1.0-litre petrol engine with either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed semi-automatic transmission.

 

Game, Set and Match: tennis stars and supercars

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

Ah, Wimbledon: two weeks of dodging the showers, eating seriously expensive strawberries and cream, Sue Barker making smalltalk when the covers on and the entire nation pinning its hopes on one Scottish British tennis player.

But enough of all that – show us the cars…

Jaguar Ace Pace

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

In readiness for Wimbledon 2019, Jaguar developed a new app for your phone that lets you measure how fast your tennis serve is. Winners get prizes, including the opportunity to compete at Wimbledon for real, along with tickets for matches. The Ace Pace app uses accelerometers, which means you have to swing your phone like a racket. That’d be an interesting call to your insurance company…

Andy Murray ‘goes electric’

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

In June 2018, Andy Murray delivered on his promise to ‘go electric’ by taking delivery of a Jaguar I-Pace. It no doubt serves to keep the tennis star’s conscience clear, and Jaguar’s PR team happy.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

There’s no need to adjust your set, this Jaguar XF Sportbrake is indeed covered in a tennis ball camo wrap. It was part of a campaign culminating in the estate being unveiled by Andy Murray, before being sent on a nationwide tour with the Wimbledon trophy inside. “Letting go of the trophy will be difficult, but there’s no better vehicle than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to take it on this UK tour,” said Murray (via the Jaguar press office).

Murray makes a mint

For 2016, Jaguar UK signed up Andy Murray as a brand ambassador to promote its #FeelWimbledon campaign, which involves a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Centre Court through the eyes of the British number one. Jaguar is also keen to point out that Murray owned an F-Type Coupe and had a new F-Pace  on order.

Andy Murray smashes Jaguar F-Type SVR

Keen to maximise the return on its investment, Jaguar sent Andy Murray to Thruxton and asked him to serve at a target mounted to the back of a Jaguar F-Type SVR (here, he’s getting his eye in with an XE). The Jaguar just happened to be driven by John McEnroe and Murray served an ace as the car sped past at 130mph. This must have been as strange for Murray as it was for us to write.

Advantage, Jaguar

In 2015, Jaguar announced a five-year deal to become the official car partner to the All England Tennis Club for Wimbledon. As part of the agreement, Jaguar supplies 170 vehicles to the London venue throughout the two-week tournament. No wonder the traffic is so bad on the streets of Wimbledon.

Rolls-Royce and the Tennis Classic

Away from Wimbledon, the stars at this year’s Tennis Classic at Hurlingham will be chauffeured around in a selection of Rolls-Royce models. The likes of Marin Cilic, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet will escape the showers courtesy of a Phantom and a Ghost. At least they’ll have access to an umbrella.

The MercedesCup

“The estate version of the new E-Class is all set to be served up at the MercedesCup tennis tournament in Stuttgart.” You serve up the tennis puns, Mercedes-Benz, we’ll volley them home.

Angelique Kerber nets a new Porsche 911

In 2015, Germany’s Angelique Kerber won the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Germany by beating Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Her prize included a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Nice.

Andy Murray and his BMW i8

Meanwhile, over in Munich, Britain’s Andy Murray collected the keys to his new i8 electric supercar after winning the BMW Open tennis tournament. Looks like he’s struggling to get comfy. Probably a good idea if Murray doesn’t mention this car to Jaguar…

Lindsay Davenport and her Porsche 911

Of course, scooping a new car by winning a tennis tournament is nothing new. Here’s American tennis star, Lindsay Davenport and her Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS at the German Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in 2004.

Tommy Haas and his BMW Z4

Meanwhile, in 2003, Tommy Haas drove home in a brand new BMW Z4 after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final of the BMW Open tennis tournament in Munich. We won a few tennis tournaments at school, but we were never given a car as a prize. That’s probably because the tournaments were sponsored by the local double-glazing firm and not an international car company. Pictured is a later “Winner” Z4. 

Wimbledon and parking in 1923

But enough of these lavish prizes and on to something more civilised. Wimbledon is of course the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The first championships were held in 1870 and the Olympics arrived in Wimbledon in 1908. The tournament moved to Church Road in 1922 and No.1 Court opened in 1924. Here we see the tennis courts in 1923. You probably had to be someone very special to park this close to the court.

Radical new Peugeot 208 goes electric from launch

2019 Peugeot 208Peugeot will wow the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with the all-new 208 supermini range – which includes, from launch, an all-electric e-208 model boasting a range of more than 200 miles.

The Peugeot e-208 will be a strong performer, boasting a 135hp electric motor (that’s more power than a retro Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9). It also has a 50kWh electric battery, with an official WLTP driving range of 211 miles.

An all-new platform has allowed Peugeot to locate the battery beneath the floor, meaning the e-208 has exactly the same boot space as other versions with internal combustion engines.

2019 Peugeot e-208

If you have time to kill, it can be fully recharged from a domestic plug in 20 hours. Peugeot dealers are likely to steer you to a home charger though; a full charge takes eight hours.

The new Peugeot e-208 also supports rapid charging from 100kW units. An 80 percent charge takes less than 30 minutes.

2019 Peugeot e-208

Peugeot will also sell the new 208 with three flavours of 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine: 75hp, 100hp or 130hp, the latter coming as standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Bravely, Peugeot will also offer a 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100 diesel, although almost nobody is expected to buy it.

Pretty Peugeot

2019 Peugeot 208

The design of the new Peugeot 208 is as headline-grabbing as the e-208 electric model that’s offered from launch. It’s distinctive, curvaceous and cute. Whereas Renault has taken the evolutionary route with the new Clio, its French rival is going for a bigger, bolder step on.  

All models have a large chrome grille and Peugeot’s ‘3-claw’ full LED lighting signature. Note the 208 logo on the nose, sitting above a big Peugeot lion. Harking back to the classic 205 are model grade badges placed within a stamp on the rear pillar.

Eye-popping new colours include Faro Yellow, Vertigo Blue and Elixir Red. GT Line and GT models are more distinctive still, with gloss black wheelarch extensions and window surrounds.

2019 Peugeot 208

As for the e-208, this is identified by an ‘e’ monogram on the rear panel, body-colour chequered grille and a dichromic lion badge which changes colour depending on the angle you’re viewing it.

2019 Peugeot 208

It’s distinctive inside  as well, with an evolution of the Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit, marked out by its tiny steering wheel, ‘head up display’ instruments and either a 7-inch or 10-inch HD colour touchscreen in the centre.

2019 Peugeot 208

Satin chrome ‘piano’ toggle switches are a premium touch, as is a fully padded dashboard with central carbon finish.

Peugeot will give the new 208 and e-208 their public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week (yes, Peugeot IS attending), ahead of an online reservation site going live in late March. Ordering will open in late summer 2019.

Peugeot 206 Sculptor

Police stop ‘most unroadworthy car’ in Britain

Peugeot 206 Sculptor

Remember that television advert for the Peugeot 206, in which a young chap turns his Hindustan Ambassador into the car of his dreams? Norfolk’s road policing unit may have stumbled across a tribute act in King’s Lynn.

In the early hours of this morning, the police pulled over a rather tired looking Peugeot 206, in which the driver was sitting on a bucket and steering the car with a pair of mole grips. As one Twitter user pointed out, it “gives a whole new meaning to the word bucket seat.”

The images posted on Twitter also revealed a missing front wing, a flat tyre, a set of rusty wheels, no front lights or bumper, no door cards and… well, the list goes on. On the plus side, the 206 does have a floor mat.

Needless to say, the Peugeot is sans-MOT – it expired in 2015 – and is unlikely to see the bright lights of King’s Lynn again. According to the police, the driver will be reported for “too many offences to mention”.  PC Jon Parker later tweeted that it’s the most unroadworthy car he has ever seen.

Chuck us dreamers and pliers

Launched in 1998, the 206 is Peugeot’s best-selling car of all time, with global sales of around 8.3 million. It was offered in various guises, including hatchback, saloon and convertible, but buckets and pliers were never listed as optional extras.

The famous advert was filmed in Jaipur, India, and depicted a young guy converting his Ambassador after seeing the car in a newspaper advert. He proceeds to make the modifications by repeating crashing his car into a wall and encouraging an elephant to sit on it to make it resemble the Peugeot 206.

Having set eyes on the King’s Lynn tribute act, the Norfolk and Suffolk Road Policing and Firemans Unit would have been banging their heads against the nearest wall, but they’re unlikely to have found an elephant at 1.30am.

We’ll leave you with the original television ad, which is sadly lacking in buckets and pliers.

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