Radar cars: a bill to report them

Radar cars a bill to report them

Good news for motorists? This bill wants to allow any driver to be able to identify radar cars in all circumstances.

Forty deputies from the Les Républicains group have just tabled a new bill aimed at making mobile speed camera signaling compulsory . Indeed, it would be to make possible the identification of unmarked radar cars, in the same way that fixed radar control areas are indicated by clearly displayed traffic signs.

The text of the law proposes to add to the Highway Code an article which stipulates that “Speed ??control vehicles are subject to specific signage such as to allow any driver to identify them with the naked eye. in all circumstances ” , but does not indicate precisely how these“ mobile mobile ”radars will come out of anonymity. However, we can easily imagine specific signage or colors, which would be applied to today’s unmarked radar cars, which are now hidden inside many common models: Peugeot 308 , Citroën Berlingo, Volkswagen Golf, etc.

Radar cars: a permanent source of stress

To support this new proposal, the deputies indicate that “for his safety, a driver has better things to do than to wonder if the car which it passes or which it passes is a camouflaged” radar on wheels “. This source of stress distracts him from objective number 1, namely to observe the environment in which he circulates, to anticipate any unforeseen event and to be ready to react. ” .

If this bill is unlikely to be adopted, it nevertheless represents a virtuous approach which consists in trusting in the responsibility of the driver, while calling for the development of prevention and training, as well as repression against the real scourges. from the road: driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs.

Put into service in France since 2013, the radar cars will number 450 by the end of the year 2021. Half of them will be driven by drivers employed by private companies , against only 40 the last year, with the ultimate objective of fully replacing the police in this mission.

New Opel Astra (2O21): first info on the compact

New Opel Astra (2O21) first info on the compact

After renewing its small Corsa in 2019, Opel is tackling the Astra. The new and sixth generation of the compact is expected to be unveiled in summer 2021.

After having renewed its small Corsa in 2019, by offering it in particular a 100% electric version , Opel will tackle another of its bestsellers: the Astra . In the coming weeks, the brand will indeed offer a new and sixth generation to its compact. The presentation of the model should take place during the summer. In the meantime, here is what we already know – or think we know – about this new version.

Cousin of the new Peugeot 308

Unveiled and launched in 2015, the current Astra will therefore bow out. Its replacement will be the technical cousin of the new Peugeot 308 which was presented last March. Like the lioness, the Astra 6 will be based on the EMP2 platform of the Stellantis group, which will allow it to carry the same plug-in hybrid engines as the third 308 of the name, whose powers are announced at 180 and 225 hp.

The German should also be closer to the French from the point of view of the silhouette because like the 308 it will adopt a long hood, a large glass surface and a roof spoiler. For the rest, the Astra will be a real Opel. It will include the new face of the brand , the Opel Vizor, inaugurated on the recent Mokka . The general style will thus be more dynamic than at present and the lines tighter.

On board, the same story goes: the cabin should be modeled on that of the urban SUV. On the menu, a sleek dashboard and probably a large digital panel made up of two screens. One for the instrument cluster (up to 12 inches?) And the other for the infotainment system (10 inches?).

Plug-in hybrid, sedan and station wagon

Under the hood, in addition to the PHEV engines mentioned above, we will also find original PSA petrol units (110 and 130 hp?) And perhaps a diesel offer (130 hp?).

Offered in 5 doors, the new Astra should also be available in a station wagon version , like its predecessors. But this variant should be launched later.

Back to basics

Finally, as announced by PSA in 2019 , the car will no longer be produced in Poland (at Gliwice) and in the United Kingdom (at Ellesmere Port) as it is currently but on its original land, in Germany. More precisely in the historic Opel factory in Rüsselsheim , in the center of the country. A homecoming for the compact since the model had already been assembled locally between 2009 and 2015.

 

Peugeot 308 (2021): the compact returns to the needle counter!

Peugeot 308 (2021) the compact returns to the needle counter

Faced with a shortage of semiconductors, Peugeot will have to go back to the good old needle counter on its second generation 308!

Flashback for the Peugeot 308 ! Unexpected consequence of the semiconductor shortage that has hit the entire automotive industry for several months, the lion brand will have to abandon the digital handset on its compact within a few weeks .

The 308 will indeed return to the good old needle counter !

“This is a nimble and nimble way of getting around a blocking problem for the production of the car, while the ‘chips’ crisis is over,” said a spokesperson for Stellantis.

The new 308 spared

A blow to the digital age. But the risk of disappointing certain customers is considered limited by the firm since this problem only concerns the second generation of the 308 , the one launched in 2013 and which is reaching the end of its cycle. Presented in March 2021, the new 308 is spared the measure, just like the other models of the lion.

400 € discount?

Analog meters should reappear on the 308 during the month of May. In the meantime, Peugeot is already considering the pricing impact of this industrial decision.

 

Renault Mégane: a small 3-cylinder engine to complete the entry level

Renault Mégane a small 3-cylinder engine to complete the entry level

The Renault Mégane adopts a new 3-cylinder block for the entry level: a 1.0 TCe engine that develops 115 hp and available from € 24,700.

Changes in sight for the Renault Mégane : the entry level sees its finish change name and adopts a new small three-cylinder petrol unit.

The Zen finish is making a comeback, as an entry-level finish. Exit the Life version which is definitely removed from the Renault catalog. The entrance ticket also want to go from 29,000 € to 24,700 € , a really significant drop for the input Megane range!

A small 3 cylinder to complete the range

Before these changes, the choice was a TCe 140 hp engine, which was the entry offer for the Mégane. From now on, the small block of three cylinders 1.0 TCe , already seen in the Captur and the Clio finally arrives under the hood of the compact sedan, in a version with direct injection which allows it to develop 115 hp.

The engine is associated with a 6-speed manual transmission . With this 1.0 TCe unit, the maximum torque is only 200 Nm, available at only 2,900 rpm.

An engine reserved for the Zen finish

This small 3 cylinder is reserved for the basic Zen finish. Regarding the standard equipment on it, we find in particular: a rain and light sensor, cruise control, reversing radars, hands-free access kit, automatic air conditioning, four electric windows, a touch screen 7 inches with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, as well as electric and heated mirrors.

Finally, for the Mégane sedan, we find the “Limited” series , which adds front parking assistance, a lane departure warning, recognition of traffic signs, automatic high beams, an electric parking brake, navigation. as well as 16-inch rims. This version is marketed at € 25,550

With an entry ticket of € 24,700, this Mégane is rather well placed if we compare it for example to the current Peugeot 308 PureTech 110 Active Pack , which is displayed at € 25,050 today.

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe!

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe

Peugeot is off to a good start to the year, with overall sales down compared to 2020.

Peugeot is starting the year on a roll! After the launch of the new Peugeot 308 , the Lion is benefiting from very good sales results in Europe. The Peugeot 208 was the best-selling car in Europe in February 2021, with 18,375 units sold. And it is even the double for Peugeot , since the 2008 finishes second in the standings, with 17,120 sales! Behind, the Volkswagen Golf (3rd, 16.185 ex.) And the Toyota Yaris (4th, 15.467 ex.) Slide. The Renault Clio is sixth in the standings , with 15,349 sales.

Diesel in distress, electrics continue to climb

But overall, February 2021 was not a good month for the auto industry. The sales fell 20% compared to 2021, with 850,000 cars sold in total. Normal, the Covid-19 pandemic had not yet affected the sector at this period in 2020. Diesel continues to decline, and now only represents 27% of new registrations.

Electric and plug-in hybrid side, sales increased by 67% to reach 115,000 copies, or 13.6% of sales. And, unsurprisingly, the market remains dominated by SUVs, which account for 43.6% of sales.

The Top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in February 2021

  1. Peugeot 208 (18.375 ex.)
  2. Peugeot 2008 (17.120 ex.)
  3. Volkswagen Golf (16,185 ex.)
  4. Toyota Yaris (15,467 ex.)
  5. Fiat Panda (15,400 ex.)
  6. Renault Clio (15,349 ex.)
  7. Citroën C3 (15,281 ex.)
  8. Opel / Vauxhall Corsa (14.615 ex.)
  9. Skoda Octavia (14,554 ex.)
  10. Volkswagen T-Roc (13,829 ex.)

New Peugeot 308 (2021): imagined as a GTI version

New Peugeot 308 (2021) imagined as a GTI version

Here is what the new Peugeot 308 could have looked like in GTI version if the lion brand had not abandoned its sporting emblem in favor of the PSE badge.

The new Peugeot 308 barely unveiled, we already know that a 100% electric version will see the light of day, but most likely not before 2023.

On the other hand, at this stage, a sports version PSE is more than uncertain. One thing is certain: there will be no new 308 GTI, Peugeot having abandoned its famous sporting crest. This does not prevent some from dreaming …

An independent designer by the name of Kléber Silva has indeed imagined what the new 308 GTI could have looked like. In the image, we thus discover the compact dressed in the straight cut, the famous and unique two-tone color, here available in blue and black.

Exit the GTI, place a PSE

Since 1983, the GTi badge has almost always been part of the catalog of the Sochalian brand , but with the arrival of new CO2 standards that are always more restrictive, Peugeot must now review its plans in terms of sportiness.

As a result, when it comes to vitaminized lionesses, the Peugeot Sport Engineered name now prevails. This new coat of arms is intended for the fiercest models in the catalog. If the first of them, the 508 PSE, manages to convince customers, it is likely that the French brand will decide to decline other models in its range. However, it remains to be seen whether the necessary hybridization will not weigh down the vehicle and make the project more complex to develop. To be continued…

 

Peugeot 308 (2021): here is the third generation of the Lion star!

Peugeot 308 (2021)here is the third generation of the Lion star

The Peugeot 308 is growing and moving upmarket!

We have been waiting for it for months, here is finally the third generation of the Peugeot 308 ! The rival of the Renault Megane and Volkswagen Golf is getting a facelift in 2021, and is taking the opportunity to move upmarket again .

As you will remember, in 2013 the 308 II launched the revival of the lion brand, alongside the 208. More consensual design, widely revised interior, the 308 was an immediate success , notably winning the coveted title of Car de the Year in 2014.

Sober look and increasing proportions

For this 308 III, Peugeot has therefore chosen evolution rather than revolution , it is logical. We instantly recognize the lines of the sedan, which are now modeled on the new Peugeot look and in particular the restyled 3008 . Refined headlights, “fangs” on either side of the grille, a long, very horizontal hood, the sedan is very much like the brand’s star SUV. Behind, we find the large black transverse bar already seen on the 208, and the three claw fires.

The proportions evolve , and participate in this more statutory look: the 308 gains 12 cm in length (4.37 m), including 55 mm in the wheelbase, which augurs well for a beautiful interior space at the rear. It also gains 5 cm in width, and loses 2 cm in height. The silhouette becomes more slender . The platform remains the EMP2 , but the latter has been extensively reworked.

Last change very visible on the outside: the new lion crest appears for the first time on a production car. It sits in the middle of the grille with a large format, and is even repeated on the fenders , like a Ferrari!

A second central screen!

But it is probably inside that the changes to this Peugeot 308 are most visible. The desire to move upmarket is obvious . We find the now usual layout of modern Peugeot, with the famous i-Cockpit and its counters which can be read over the small steering wheel. The instrument cluster is fully digital as standard from the Active Pack finish, and with 3D effect on the GT.

The central screen is positioned lower to be more easily reached by the driver. It measures 10 inches in series. But the great novelty of the 308 is located just below: a second small central screen contains what Peugeot calls the ” i-toggles “: configurable shortcuts that allow you to quickly adjust certain functions of the main screen. A system reminiscent of the dual screens found in some German, with the Audi Q8 for example. Unpublished by a general practitioner for the general public!

Up-to-date equipment

The i-toggles will not be standard, but will be available from the Allure finish. And good news for all-tactile allergies: Peugeot retains the piano keys . Simplified and located under the i-toggles, they still control some important functions, such as air conditioning or warnings for example.

The new Peugeot 308 is obviously full of high-tech , with many driving aids. Adaptive cruise control from a standstill is obviously part of the game, but there is also a semi-autonomous driving , with lane change and “speed optimization according to the curve of the turn”, all up to 180 km / h. 308 owners will also have access to a 360 ° parking camera , a heated windshield, automatic emergency braking, full LED matrix headlights … What to have fun by digging through the list of options !

Peugeot 308: the engines

From its launch, the Peugeot 308 will be available in 4 engines . First, there are plug-in hybrids: a Hybrid 180 (150 hp gasoline + 110 hp electric), and a Hybrid 225 (180 hp gasoline + 110 hp electric). Both are capable of 60 and 59 km of 100% electric range (WLTP cycle) respectively.

There are then two gasoline , three cylinders 1.2 L of 110 and 130 hp, the latter being able to benefit from the EAT8 automatic gearbox. Only one diesel is available (in automatic gearbox and 6-speed manual gearbox), a 1.5 L four-cylinder producing 130 hp. And the electric? Peugeot specifies that the platform allows the creation of a 100% electric motor at this level, without specifying whether it is planned to market any. To be continued …

What prices for the Peugeot 308 (2021)?

Another interesting rumor: the potential arrival of a PSE sports hybrid version , which could exceed 300 hp. It will move!

On the price side, the move upmarket should not have too much impact on prices. Where the current generation starts at 24,650 €, we expect this 308 III around 26,000 € . The new Peugeot 308 will be available in the second half of 2021, and will be produced in France at the Mulhouse plant. A SW station wagon version is expected later.

 

Stellantis: our selection of the 10 biggest novelties on the way!

Stellantis our selection of the 10 biggest novelties on the way

The new giant will go on the offensive in 2021.

After the consolidation and the end of the merger between PSA and FCA, Stellantis will be able to go on the attack in 2021. As a result, many new features for each of its brands. Auto Plus has selected the 10 most important. Follow the leader !

Fiat 500e Abarth

No more exaggerated rumblings coming out of the small hood of the Milan chip: the Fiat 500 is now electric. But it should still pass into the hands of the sorcerer Abarth , for increased power, sharper demeanor, and an aggressive look. It could happen as early as next year.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo initially closed the door on a descendant of its Giulietta , which was simply to be replaced by the Tonale SUV . But with the merger with PSA, the compact could benefit from the platform of the future 308 , DS 4 and Opel Astra to return with its Italian charm. It remains to determine its positioning, so as not to step on the beds of its cousins.

DS 4

DS has just presented its new compact sedan, the DS 4 ! Premium and techno, it also inaugurates the new EMP2 platform, which will equip a good number of the group’s cars from this year. Find out more about the DS 4 here .

Fiat Punto

Like the Alfa Romeo Giulietta , the Fiat Punto had been abandoned but could well return thanks to the synergies authorized by the merger, with this famous EMP2 platform. It should be the alternative accessible to its cousins ​​308 and DS 4, and come to be placed at the level of a new Opel Astra, with an Italian touch in addition.

Maserati MC20

Maserati returns to center stage with a supercar! With 630 hp and reduced weight thanks to a carbon shell , the MC20 is capable of speeding from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 3 seconds! The first deliveries should arrive at the beginning of the year.

Jeep Compass

Jeep is taking advantage of the celebrations around its 80th birthday to launch a restyled version of its compact SUV, the Compass . And if the transformation is discreet on the outside, it is evident on the inside: the materials and the finish take a leap forward, as well as the on-board technology. More information is to come in a future dedicated press conference.

Opel astra

Another cousin of the future 308 which is based on the EMP2 platform! The sedan will be assembled in Germany , and will gain electrified versions, while the station wagon is maintained on the program. See you later this year.

Peugeot 308

The current 308 is already 7 years old! The time for renewal has therefore come. The style should be modeled on the new brand image, with “fangs” as daytime running lights, and drawn lines. As mentioned above, it shares a platform with a few other Stellantis cars, such as the new DS 4, the Opel Astra, and possible Fiat Punto and Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Fiat 500 X Convertible

Fiat wants to attack the Volkswagen T-Roc convertible with a discoverable version of the small SUV 500X ! The top should remain in canvas, a bit like the 500 C. In short, the dolce vita!

Alfa Romeo Tonale

The compact SUV created a sensation when it was presented in 2019 , thanks to a very seductive design. Little news has filtered out since, the merger having shaken up the brand’s plans in the meantime. But the Tonale should be revealed this year . It was originally supposed to use the Jeep Compass platform, but could ultimately recover the decidedly profitable EMP2, which equips the future 308. To be continued!

 

New Alfa Romeo Giulietta: based on the Peugeot 308?

New Alfa Romeo Giulietta based on the Peugeot 308

Spurred on by Stellantis, it is rumored that Alfa Romeo will launch a new generation of Giulietta, which will share its platform with the new Peugeot 308 III and DS 4 II.

The product range of Alfa Romeo has changed little in recent years, with only two models: the sedan Giulia and the SUV Stelvio , the compact Giulietta is nearing retirement and should be replaced by the future Tonale compact SUV .

But the recent merger between the PSA and FCA groups, giving birth to Stellantis at the start of 2021, is likely to upset the situation. Indeed, this merger is an opportunity to take advantage of group synergies, in order to relaunch the brand in Biscione under the best conditions. And it is the brand new director of Alfa Romeo, Jean-Philippe Imparato , who will be in charge of this important challenge, after having managed the brand at Lion for four years.

According to the latest rumors, relayed by the Italian site ClubAlfa.it, a new Giulietta would be the next model to join the Alfa Romeo range. An announcement that should be made during the presentation of an ambitious relaunch plan for the brand, in September 2021.

A future Giulietta on the EMP2 platform

This new model would be the opportunity to reposition Alfa Romeo to focus more on luxury and quality, which will truly compete with German premium brands on the market. And to do this, the future Giulietta could borrow its technical architecture from the third generation of Peugeot 308 , whose presentation is expected this year: the evolution of the EMP2 platform , which can also be found on the new DS 4 , recently. unveiled.

This platform would thus allow the future Italian compact to offer new technologies as well as thermal and electrified engines (hybrid and 100% electric), resulting from Peugeot’s expertise in the field within the Stellantis group, while retaining the Alfa Romeo DNA with style and settings specific to the Italian firm.

If no date has yet been officially announced, according to rumors, the next generation of Alfa Romeo Giulietta will not be marketed before the year 2023.