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.)

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 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.

 

Hyundai Bayon (2021): the rival of the Captur and 2008 attacks from € 17,850!

Hyundai Bayon (2021) the rival of the Captur and 2008 attacks from € 17,850

The announced rival of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, the new Hyundai Bayon is already available to order on the French market. The city SUV attacks from 17,850 €.

Just two weeks after its big world premiere, Hyundai’s new city SUV (4.18 m long, 1.77 m wide, 1.49 m high and 2.58 wheelbase), the Bayon , is already available to order! This rival of the Renault Captur and other Peugeot 2008 arrives on the French market from … 17,850 € !

Only in essence

At this price, it is offered with the four-cylinder 1.2L MPI gasoline engine of 84 hp (5-speed manual gearbox).

At its launch, the Bayon is also offered with the 100 hp T-GDI 1.0L petrol unit with 48V light hybridization . Count from € 20,150 with the 6iMT intelligent 6-speed manual gearbox.

Cheaper at the entry level than the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008

By way of comparison, the Renault Captur starts in gasoline at € 21,750 (TCe 90 or TCe 100 GPL) and the Peugeot 2008 at € 22,400 (PureTech 100).

Later, the 100hp 1.0L T-GDI block will also be available without micro-hybridization. A 120 hp version, this time with mild hybridization, is also expected.

Four finishes for the Bayon

As for the range, four finishes are on the program for individuals : “Initia”, “Intuitive”, “Creative” and “Executive”. The first is entry level. It offers LED daytime running lights and position lights as standard, manual air conditioning, cruise control-speed limiter, driver fatigue detection, active lane-keeping assistance, autonomous emergency braking with recognition of pedestrians and cyclists or reading road signs.

Above, “Intuitive” adds 16-inch alloy rims, rear parking assistance, a rear-view camera, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

“Creative” stands out thanks to bi-LED front lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, hands-free access and keyless start, automatic climate control, a wireless charger for smartphones and a color touch screen. 10.25 inch with GPS navigation.

Finally, the top-of-the-range “Executive” gains front and rear parking assistance, active lane-keeping and parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, active monitoring of blind spots with rear cross-traffic alert as well. than a 7-speaker Bose audio system.

All prices of the Hyundai Bayon

Find out below the prices of the new Hyundai Bayon.

Essence:

  • 1.2L MPI 84 BVM5 Initia: 17.850 €
  • 1.0 T-GDi 100 Hybrid 48V 6iMT Initia: 20,150 €
  • 1.0 T-GDi 100 Hybrid 48V 6iMT Intuitive: 22,300 €
  • 1.0 T-GDi 100 Hybrid 48V 6iMT Creative: 24,600 €
  • 1.0 T-GDi 100 Hybrid 48V DCT-7 Intuitive: 23,600 €
  • 1.0 T-GDi 100 Hybrid 48V DCT-7 Creative: 25.900 €
  • 1.0 T-GDi 100 Hybrid 48V DCT-7 Executive: 27,600 €

 

Urban SUVs: Peugeot 2008 dominates sales in 2020 in France

Urban SUVs Peugeot 2008 dominates sales in 2020 in France

For its first full year on the market, the second-generation Peugeot 2008 sold 66,698 units, beating the Renault Captur by more than 12,000 units.

Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Citroën C3 Aircross, DS 3 Crossback, Opel Crossland X, Ford Puma, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500 X, Skoda Kamiq, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen T-Cross, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic … The urban SUV segment are particularly numerous, in a booming market, despite a year 2020 marked by the health crisis.

The Lion brand, in great shape, launched at the end of 2019 the second generation of the Peugeot 2008 , which in 2020 had its first full year of marketing. If the first generation launched in 2013 was rather a wise crossover, the second opus revolutionized the genre, with an SUV positioning finally asserted.

Urban SUVs: the Peugeot 2008 sold 66,698 units in France in 2020

The commercial success was immediately appointment, propelling the new Peugeot city SUV in the top of the podium in the category in 2020, with 66,698 copies sold in France. In second place, we find the Renault Captur , with 54,597 units, and in third place, the Citroën C3 Aircross with 30,165 units.

In terms of engines, a large majority of Peugeot 2008 customers have chosen a petrol model (60% of sales), while Diesel remains more the favorite of professional customers (33% of sales). The electric version, called Peugeot e-2008, is at the back of the pack, with only 7% of sales.

All categories combined, the Peugeot 2008 was the third best-selling car in France in 2020, behind the Peugeot 208 (92,796 units) and the Renault Clio (84,031 units).

 

Lotus E-R9 (2021): an electric concept for Le Mans!

Lotus E-R9 (2021) an electric concept for Le Mans

Lotus is showing its vision of endurance by 2030. On the menu: aero thrust, and of course electric motors.

It is time to relaunch at Lotus. The small British manufacturer is starting its 100% electric shift with an ambitious plan which will see the arrival of three new models very soon. But what about the racing commitment of a brand that first made itself known in competition?

Without giving us more information on this subject, Lotus has nevertheless unveiled an endurance car concept, the E-R9, for Endurance-Racer 9 (endurance racing car 9). The name is a tribute to the Lotus Mk IX , the first car entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the firm of Colin Chapman, in 1955. The inspiration is therefore clear, and comes directly from the Sarthe .

Half-plane, half-car piloting

The E-R9 also incorporates the attributes of today’s endurance prototypes: highly refined aero , and fighter-style cockpit. The concept is the representation of a vision of endurance by 2030. The assembly is obviously electric, but the batteries can be replaced very quickly during a pit stop. The E-R9 is powered by an electric motor on each wheel , which allows it to vary power as you turn.

The most interesting still remains the aerodynamics. Lotus announces that many surfaces are movable , vertically and horizontally, to guide the car. The downforce and the drag can therefore be adapted according to the situations: maximum downforce when cornering, and priority to maximum speed in a straight line. According to the manufacturer, the E-R9 “will be piloted half like a car, and half like a fighter plane”. It promises !

A return to racing in the future?

Should we see this as a future commitment by Lotus in endurance racing and at Le Mans? Hard to say. With this concept, Lotus recalls its long history in the great Sarthoise race, as well as in F1, but does not evoke a return to competition. Especially with its shift towards 100% electric , the brand is probably not favorable to thermal or hybrid competition. However, with the new Hypercar and LMDh regulations, having a chance to win Le Mans has probably never been so accessible, as the upcoming returns of Peugeot, Audi and Porsche prove.

 

Stellantis: the first joint Alfa Romeo, DS and Lancia models for 2024

Stellantis the first joint Alfa Romeo, DS and Lancia models for 2024

Stellantis should launch in 2024 new models developed jointly for the group’s premium brands: Alfa Romeo, DS and Lancia, in order to return to the offensive in this profitable segment.

Shortly after the merger of PSA and FCA, the new Stellantis group announced the composition of its new organization chart, with the Alfa Romeo, DS and Lancia brands as “Premium” pole . Jean-Philippe Imparato, the new boss of Alfa Romeo who has just arrived from Peugeot, is also the synergy coordinator for the three Premium brands of the European group.

Stellantis: common synergies for the group’s three premium brands

According to an interview with Marion David, Product Director at DS Automobiles, relayed by Automotive News Europe on the occasion of the presentation of the new DS 4, the future models of these brands would share common characteristics that would distinguish them from the generalist brands of the group. Stellantis: “ We are working with our Italian colleagues on specific premium modules, engines and functions, to differentiate the premium brands from the group’s consumer brands. For the next generation, we are focused on creating synergies, which is the raison d’être of the creation of Stellantis. These models will appear in 2024 or 2025. ”.

At DS , the product plan announced in 2017 will always remain in force: a new model of the brand will be launched each year, until 2023. At Alfa Romeo, the Stelvio should soon be completed by two other new SUVs: the Tonale expected this year, and a new city SUV, based on Stellantis’ CMP platform and which should be assembled in Poland from 2023.

Finally, at Lancia , the little Ypsilon has just received a slight restyling to celebrate its 10th anniversary, proof of the group’s desire to continue to keep the Italian brand alive, while awaiting its long-awaited renewal!

 

Parisienne 2021: the Matra MS 670 and the sportswomen of Group B break the bank!

Parisienne 2021 the Matra MS 670 and the sportswomen of Group B break the bank

Organized on February 5 in Paris by Artcurial Motorcars, the 2021 Parisian auction was a resounding success with more than 18 million euros raised.

The 2021 Parisian auction , organized on February 5 at the Hotel Dassault in Paris by the house Artcurial Motorcars , has kept all its promises.

It must be said that the field proposed that day brought together some legends of motorsport , including the Matra MS 670 , chassis 001, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1972 with the Henri Pescarolo / Graham Hill crew on board.

It is moreover the latter which was the star of the sale. It was in fact sold for € 6,907,200 including fees, thus becoming the most expensive Matra ever sold at auction.

The legends of Group B panicked the counters

Another old sports car particularly awaited during this sale, the legendary Group B rally cars also panicked the counters. The 1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1, for example, sold for € 2,016,600, more than twice its estimate and thus won the record for the most expensive rally car in history.

At the same time, the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 2 has found a new buyer for € 977,440. Here again, a record for a Peugeot 205. Same story for the 1985 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo which sold for € 667,520.

The 1986 Lancia Delta , a rare authentic factory Group B dressed in the legendary Martini livery, for its part greatly exceeded its estimate since it changed hands for € 810,560, while the other Lancia offered for sale , the 037 from 1985, was sold for € 548,320.

For its part, the Ford RS200 Factory from 1986 was sold for € 381,440.

A collection of Aston Martin

But this 2021 edition of La Parisienne also featured several English sports cars , mostly Aston Martins , including a rare 1959 DB4 GT which sold for € 1,358,000. At its side, the extremely rare Short Chassis Volante from 1965, presented in original left-hand drive and in its unique “Autumn gold” color was sold for € 1,158,600.

From the same collection, a DB5 Vantage was sold for € 810,560, while a Bristol 405 Drophead Coupé was sold for € 172,840.

In the end, the 2021 Parisian auction sold for a total of € 18,300,564.

Find in video some of the most beautiful auto parts sold during the Parisienne 2021 by Artcurial Motorcars.

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!