Peugeot: from the 301 to the 308 III, a look back at the history of the Lion’s compact sedans!

Peugeot from the 301 to the 308-III a look back at the history of the Lions compact sedans

Discover the very long history of Peugeot’s compact sedans, from the 301 from 1932 to the 308 III from 2021!

Few car families will have had such a long career: 89 years , between the release of the Peugeot 301 in 1932 and that of the Peugeot 308 III in 2021 ! Over the decades and the many turmoils encountered by the automobile and Peugeot in the 20th and 21st centuries, the compact sedan of the Lion has been transformed. A look back at the history of a family of models that defined the French manufacturer.

Peugeot 301: 1932 – 1936

The Peugeot “300” lineage began in 1932 with the Peugeot 301 . Family Compact and popular , it adopts some of the technique of the 201 but innovates by becoming one of the first cars equipped with independent suspension at the front . As a result, better handling and less vibration in the steering wheel.

Peugeot 302: 1936 – 1938

With its rounded curves and headlights integrated into the grille, the Peugeot 302 is reminiscent of the popular 402, with which it shares a technical base. As was customary at the time, it receives many different bodies, including one that has remained legendary: the 302 Darl’mat , a sporty roadster with pretty lines, engaged in competition.

Peugeot 304: 1969 -1980

After the Second World War, times are hard for Peugeot and the Lion must concentrate on a very reduced range. The compact sedan segment was then abandoned, or in any case taken over by the 403 . It was not until 1969 that Peugeot returned with the 304, a sedan with modern lines inspired by the 504 . Sold more than a million copies, it will be available in coupe, convertible and many other versions.

Peugeot 305: 1977 – 1988

In 1977, the 304 became 305 and gained in passing ten centimeters and more modern engines. Above all, it now also takes the place of the 404 , which will not be replaced by a 405 before 1987, hence the increasing dimensions.

Peugeot 309: 1985 – 1994

Strange, this passage from the Peugeot 305 to the 309! It must be said that the 309 has had an atypical history : it was not expected to become a Peugeot! Indeed, it was developed as a Talbot, replacing the Talbot Horizon . But Peugeot then decides to end the Talbot brand and it becomes the Peugeot 309. Despite everything, it remains an important car in the history of the “300 lineage”, since it is the first Peugeot compact . After the 309, all models in this segment of the brand will also be compacts.

Peugeot 306: 1993 – 2002

From the 309 to the 306 , the style takes a leap forward. The hatchback look of the compact is now fully assumed, while the lines are softer, to fit in with the times. We can see the inspiration of the 205 , which hit the mark in France. The style is also signed by the prestigious Pininfarina. She shares her technique with the Citroën ZX . The 306 S16, the sporty version, then developed 167 hp. The 306 is a great commercial success, with more than 2.8 million copies sold.

Peugeot 307: 2001 – 2008

New generation, new style revolution at Peugeot ! The 307 grows, especially in height, and gains the large grille and tapered headlights typical of Peugeot of the early 2000s. Offered with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines, it is also available in many versions, including the Coupé. convertible 307 CC , very fashionable at the time. Still a great commercial success (3.8 million copies worldwide), in 2002 it received the title of car of the year.

Peugeot 308 I: 2007 – 2013

Visually, the Peugeot 308 I has changed little compared to its predecessor. We discover the typical muzzle of the Peugeot of the time, but the proportions remain similar. The RCZ sports coupe will resume its technical base, and the GTi name is back . But sales are disappointing, with around 1.4 million copies sold.

Peugeot 308 II: 2013 – 2021

With the second generation of Peugeot 308 , it is only the name that does not change . Exit the look of compact with a very high roof, return to a more classic profile . Above all, with the city car 208, it embodies a complete change of image for Peugeot, which wants to go upmarket. The style is more consensual, while the interior takes a big step forward . It adopts the now famous i-Cockpit already seen on the 208, with its small steering wheel and its counters to see above. It is also the first Peugeot to use the EMP2 platform, which is still relevant today. It won the title of car of the year in 2014 .

Peugeot 308 III: 2021 –

Peugeot has great ambitions for the third generation of the 308 : to attack the German premium ! The dimensions are up, the look more statutory with a long, very horizontal hood. Now also available in plug-in hybrid versions, it should not know on the other hand of sporting variation . Available in the second half of 2021, it will be assembled at the Mulhouse plant in France.


New Dacia Sandero (2021): already a real hit!

New Dacia Sandero (2021) already a real hit

Recently arrived in dealerships, the new Dacia Sandero is already a real success. In January 2021, the Romanian city car is the second best-selling new passenger car in France!

At Dacia , the Sandero confirms its status as a bestseller. The brand’s best-selling model with more than 2.1 million units sold since its launch in 2008, the versatile city car, which until now was the preferred vehicle for individuals, has just risen to second place among passenger cars new products the most sold in France at the start of 2021, all channels combined, thus also counting sales to rental companies and company fleets.

The Dacia Sandero 3 debunks the Renault Clio V

In January, the new and third generation of Sandero, freshly arrived in dealerships, sold 7,249 copies, which places it just behind the Peugeot 208 II (7,915 units) but ahead of one of the queens of the market, the Renault Clio V (7,249 registrations).

If we add to this the 1,636 sales of the second Sandero of the name, the Romanian can even claim the title of the best-selling car in France!

Increased services and an unbeatable price

A success that the car owes to its assertive and modernized design, to its enhanced interior, to its enriched equipment but also and above all to its price, which is always contained.

On the French market, the Sandero III is indeed displayed from 8,690 €, it is only 400 € more than the previous model. Its Stepway backpacker version starts at € 12,590. What actually to crack more than one …

The Top 10 new car sales in France in January 2021

Discover immediately the Top 10 new passenger cars the most sold in France in January 2021. In addition to the arrival in second place in this ranking of the new Sandero, let us also note the surge of Peugeot SUVs , the 2008 and 3008 , respectively 4th and 5th in the Top 10, as well as the downfall of the Renault Zoé , which dropped from 9th place at the end of 2020 to 31st position at the end of January 2021 (1,013 registrations).

  • 1 – Peugeot 208 II: 7,915 registrations (6.3% market share)
  • 2 – Dacia Sandero III: 7,249 registrations (5.7%)
  • 3 – Renault Clio V: 6,323 registrations (5%)
  • 4 – Peugeot 2008 II: 6,003 registrations (4.8%)
  • 5 – Peugeot 3008 II: 4,879 registrations (3.9%)
  • 6 – Citroën C3 III: 4,869 registrations (3.9%)
  • 7 – Renault Captur II: 4,412 registrations (3.5%)
  • 8 – Toyota Yaris: 3,842 registrations (3%)
  • 9 – Peugeot 308 II: 2,470 registrations (2%)
  • 10 – Renault Twingo III: 2,443 registrations (1.9%)

The 20 best-selling new cars in France in 2020

The 20 best-selling new cars in France in 2020

What were the most registered models in France in 2020 on the new passenger car market? Response with the TOP 20 sales between January and December.

It was expected, it is now official. Hit hard by the health crisis, which led to the confinement of customers and pushed manufacturers to close factories and dealerships, the French car market for new passenger cars experienced a historic decline in 2020 : -25.5% per year. compared to 2019. With just 1.65 million registrations recorded, it even hit its lowest level since 1975.

Obviously, all general manufacturers have been impacted by this crisis. The French, such as PSA and Renault , which respectively saw their registrations drop by 25.1% and 24.9%, like foreigners, like the giant Volkswagen , whose deliveries fell by 28.4% in the ‘hexagon.

City cars and SUVs are snapping up

As for the models, it is always the city dwellers who hold the upper hand. The best-selling new passenger car in France in 2020 is in fact the small second-generation Peugeot 208 with 92,796 units registered between January and December. She beat his eternal rival, the Renault Clio V . Long best-seller on the market, the diamond model sold last year at 84,031 units.

Little surprise, it is not the Citroën C3 III which completes the podium as usual, but … the new Peugeot 2008 . Last year, the urban SUV was able to attract 66,698 customers, against 58,547 for the city car with chevrons.

Popular French models

It should also be noted that the Top 10 sales in 2020 is occupied exclusively by French models, with the exception of the Dacia Sandero , ranked 6th with 53,354 units. A success which should be confirmed this year with the arrival of a new generation .

The Top 20 sales of new passenger cars in France in 2020

Discover now the Top 20 best-selling cars in France in 2020.

  • 1 – Peugeot 208 II: 92,796 units (5.6% market share)
  • 2 – Renault Clio V: 84,031 (5.1%)
  • 3 – Peugeot 2008 II: 66,698 (4%)
  • 4- Citroën C3 III: 58.547 (3.5%)
  • 5 – Renault Captur II: 54,597 (3.3%)
  • 6 – Dacia Sandero: 53,354 (3.2%)
  • 7 – Peugeot 3008 II: 45,165 (2.7%)
  • 8 – Renault Twingo III: 43,116 (2.6%)
  • 9 – Renault Zoe: 37,409 (2.3%)
  • 10 – Peugeot 308 II: 36.575 (2.2%)
  • 11 – Toyota Yaris: 33,455 (2%)
  • 12 – Dacia Duster II: 30,260 (1.8%)
  • 13 – Citroën C3 Aircross: 30,165 (1.8%)
  • 14 – Renault Mégane IV: 28,980 (1.8%)
  • 15 – Citroën C5 Aircross: 26,577 (1.6%)
  • 16 – Opel Corsa: 22,410 (1.4%)
  • 17 – Volkswagen Polo VI: 21,493 (1.3%)
  • 18 – Peugeot 5008 II: 20,050 (1.2%)
  • 19 – Renault Kadjar: 19,679 (1.2%)
  • 20 – Fiat 500: 17,450 (1.1%)