Peugeot’s exciting 31-vehicle display at the Geneva Motor Show next week
will include the world-premier of the new Peugeot 2008 Crossover, the
ground-breaking Peugeot 2008 HYbrid Air, a concept Peugeot 208 HYbrid
FE, the new 208 Gti and XY models, the new-look RCZ and the awardwinning
Taking centre stage on the Peugeot stand will be the all-new Peugeot 2008.
This practical, versatile vehicle is testament to Peugeot’s strategy of
developing its crossover range and attracting new customers. A truly global
car, it’s the first vehicle produced by the Marque which has been designed,
developed and engineered simultaneously by employees based in Europe,
China and Latin America.
The 2008 brings together the expertise and experience of two acclaimed
Peugeot vehicles; it blends the success and design of the award-winning
3008 crossover with all the features, performance and state-of-the-art
engines of the new compact 208 supermini. The result is an innovative new
vehicle for the B-segment.
With a characterful on-the-road presence and high levels of comfort and
quality, the 2008 is intended for young city-dwellers who love the urban
environment but who also enjoy escaping from it at every opportunity.
Power comes from the latest generation of low fuel consumption Peugeot
engines. With e-HDi diesel and three-cylinder petrol technology, Peugeot's
urban crossover stands out from the competition thanks to CO2 emissions
starting at just 98g/km.
The ground-breaking 2008 HYbrid Air model combines tried and tested
systems from Peugeot’s new generation of three-cylinder petrol engines
with compressed air technology. The compressed air system will assist, or
even take the place of, the petrol engine during the phases which consume
the most energy, i.e. acceleration and moving off. HYbrid Air uses
components new to the motor industry but widely tested in other sectors
such as aeronautics. More than 80 patents testify to the fact that Peugeot
has again established itself as a true automotive pioneer.
Developed as a concept car to illustrate the direction Peugeot believes
engine technology can take the 208 HYbrid FE Concept will make its world
debut in Geneva. The supermini benefits from a number of technical
enhancements including a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain, optimised
aerodynamics, a 200kg weight reduction and low rolling resistance wheels
and tyres. Illustrating the unique relationship between Peugeot and Total
Lubricants – on-going since 1995 – the car also features specially
formulated advanced engine fluids.
The result is a car which emits just 49g/km of CO2, a figure which is two
times less than the already very efficient Peugeot 208 1.0-litre VTi.
Acceleration is 0-100kph in just 8.0 seconds, almost as quick as 208 GTi.
While the 208 GTi brings an iconic badge back to life, the Peugeot 208 XY is
an exclusive and urban chic vehicle and both will be displayed in Geneva as
the jewels in a now-complete 208 range. Both feature three-door body
styles, strong exterior identities, distinctive headlight signatures on their
front faces, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and a sophisticated reworking of
the cabin materials and colours. Both are sculpted, athletic and elegant,
revealing how Peugeot style has a genuine ability to turn heads.
The 208 XY offers powerful and economical petrol and e-HDi diesel engines,
with outputs between 92 to 155bhp. For the 208 GTi, its chassis can
comfortably handle the full potential of the 1.6-litre THP 200bhp engine
coupled with the manual transmission’s six close-ratio gears. The fact that it
does so with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km is a real achievement.
Also on the Geneva show stand will be an illustration of Peugeot’s motor
sport credentials. The 208 R2 is receiving an exceptional commercial
reception and has already achieved successes, with a double at Monte Carlo
2013 in its class. A new chapter begins at Geneva 2013 with the world debut
of a 208 complying with the latest R5 regulations. Glimpsed at the Paris
Motor Show last autumn and intended to succeed the 207 Super 2000, the
208 T16 is currently building up test miles with the aim of establishing itself
as a strong force for winning national and international titles.
The stunning RCZ R Concept gives the strongest clues yet about the RCZ R
production model, which will be unveiled later this year. With the promise of
an intense driving experience, the Sports Coupé benefits from bespoke
suspension and wheels and echoes the colours of the Peugeot Onyx Concept
intentionally. It will feature a new 1.6-litre THP 260bhp engine, with an
efficiency that will set a new industry benchmark for this class of car. The
target is for a specific power of 160bhp/litre, among the highest in the world
for a production vehicle, and emissions expected to be just 155g/km.
In the great tradition of Peugeot supercars, the Onyx will take the breath
away of visitors to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. A radical and sculpted
silhouette hides the heart of an athlete: built on a carbon shell. The 3.7-litre
600bhp V8 HDi hybrid engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. At
4.65m long and riding on 20-inch wheels, the bodywork stands out because
of the contrasting materials and colours: pure copper for the wings and
doors, matt black carbon for the other body panels. Framed by aluminium
arches, the double-bubble glass roof reveals the carbon structure and an
innovative passenger compartment. The car features newspaper wood,
produced from compressed used newspapers and used to shape the
dashboard and centre console.
The latest innovations on the Peugeot stand in Geneva serve to demonstrate
how it plans to move the brand more upmarket, with modern designs, clever
technology and desirability. Peugeot places great importance on remaining
at the forefront for low CO2 emission vehicles, which it presently leads with
an average of just 121.6g/km.