Peugeot is an automotive country with a very interesting history. Ever since the company was set up, they have produced everything from pepper grinders to ammunition, dresses to cars. Buit for now, they have decided to stick to cars.
Peugeot will soon re-enter India. This will be their third attempt to enter the country. The French company first entered India in the 1990s with the 309, which was offered with petrol engine and a diesel engine. They had partnered with Standard but unfortunately, they had to exit the Indian market as Standard closed down. Earlier this decade, they tried to re-enter India and brought the 208 hatchback and the 508 sedan for testing. But it ddin’t worked out for them due to a slump in the European economy. For their third attempt on the desi market, Peugeot will launch the new 2015 Peugeot hatchback. As PSA sales have picked up, it looks good for the French guys to return.
The Peugeot 208 is a premium compact hatchback that was launched at the 2012, Geneva Motor Show. The car went on to become the brand’s best-selling model. The hatchback got a facelift earlier this year. The 208 is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines. A warmer GT line of cars and a hotter GTI variant are also available.
Recently it was spotted testing on our Indian roads which gave us a hint that Peugeot might launch this hatch in India soon. So here is the complete review of the hatch and the things you should know.
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Peugeot is considering entering India .... again!!
The French manufacturer entered India in the 1990s with a partnership with Premier but they soon left as Premier closed. They tried entering a few years back but decided against it as there was a slowdown in the European market. Now, as PSA sales have picked up, they are considering entering India again.
Peugeot imported a 208 hatchback for testing purposes. The facelifted version of the car was launched earlier this year. It comes loaded with LED lights, 7-inch touchscreen system, Park Assist that allows the car to park and leave the parking space automatically. The car rides on 16 inch or 17 inch alloy wheels.
The hatchback is powered by a 1.0 litre petrol engine and a 1.2 litre petrol engine. A 1.6 litre diesel in 2 states of tune are also available. The car will compete against the Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20 and Fiat Punto.
A more powerful 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine and the same but more powerful diesel engine is also available. That car will compete against the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and TDI.
Transmission options available are a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
For those looking for a hotter car, Peugeot might even bring in the 208 GTi. It will compete against the upcoming Abarth Punto and Volkswagen Polo GTI.
The 208 is the best-selling hatchback for Peugeot. If the brand does re-enter India, Citroen might not be far from coming into India as well.
The French carmaker Peugeot made an exciting announcement as they declared that they will reenter into the 2015 edition of the Dakar Rally. Previously Peugeot has three title wins against its name and now they have unveiled their contender for Dakar rally, which is dubbed as world’s toughest rally.
In recent times, Mini has emerged as a strong contender and Peugeot is fielding their newly invented especially made for rally car christened as Peugeot 2008 DKR. Peugeot will make its entry in the buggy class, which has fewer restrictions than the other categories. The 2008 DKR is rear wheel driven with what Peugeot claims as excellent off-road capabilities and ability to tackle the sands easily. The wheels are massive 37-inch and comes from Michelin.
The 2008 DKR, specially developed for Dakar Rally has been crafted to excel in the event. With streamlined aerodynamics, Peugeot will put former Dakar champions; Carlos Sainz and Cyrip Despres as pilot and co-pilot to take in-charge of the vehicle and take it to glory.
Peugeot is yet to reveal the engine specifications but they ensured that new vehicle has been made with special attention in all the key areas. The styling team has made the car to match the beastly looks while providing it with ample power to tackle the treacherous terrains.
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This one has India written all over it.Peugeot and Toyota have confirmed that they together would engineer a new small car. The new car that the two manufacturers are working on is the 108 and we expect the car to be launched in 2013. The 108 is expected to replace the 107 hatch and would be closely related to the Citroën C1 and the Toyota Aygo. These cars would share the same chassis, engines and transmission but would be different to look to each other. The hatch would be made in the Czech Republic under an agreement with Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen.
The 108 will be available internationally as a 3 and 5 door and would be powered by a 1-litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine. The engine produces 68PS@6000rpm and is expected to accelerate to 100kmph in around 13seconds. The engine has variable valve timing and is amongst the lightest internal combustion engine around. A turbo version could be launched along the way too.
What we need in our market are cars that provide a bit more than practicality. Sure we have cars like the Kia Picanto in the list our nominated cars but the entry of Kia will really spice up things. The Indian customers who is still as price conscious as he was 5 years ago is looking for a bit more than ‘practicality’ but doesn’t want to pay a fortune for that. We have listed 8 cars which we think could be India bound next year and all of which we think would add value to the market. Some of them have been already seen testing in the market while the others we think have definite potential. 2013 nevertheless would be an exciting year if you are an auto enthusiast and you can bet on there being surprises on the way.
Peugeot has unveiled the 2008 compact softroader at the ongoing Paris Motor Show. The 2008 is aimed at the developing markets like Brazil and China and and there is every chance for the 2008 to make it into the Indian market as well. Peugeot is expected to start selling their 508 in India by 2014 and that is expected to be followed by the 301 mid size sedan. Peugeot had shown similar concepts at this year’s Beijing Motor Show and the 2008 according to the manufacturer is a ‘world car’ which is aimed at the urban youth and is expected to go on sale internationally by 2013.
It is the mini hatchback segment which over the last few years has seen the most improvement in terms of engineering and quality. The Hyundai i10 was a revelation when it was launched in India and the i10 won every conceivable automobile award in the country. Maruti Suzuki responded with the A-star which was a far more improved product from the manufacturer in terms of quality than what we were used to. Volkswagen will be launching the Up in India next year which will really put the cat amongst the pigeons.Peugeot wants its Indian innings counted and though the301 would definitely be a money spinner for the manufacturer, the smallest car in Peugeot’s line up is the 107 which would compete with the likes of the i10 and the Up and once the ball is set rolling for Peugeot the manufacturer would be definitely eying the 107. For the 107 to generate interest in India pricing would need to start from no higher than 4 lakhs.
The 208 we believe will be the real money spinner for Peugeot in India. Volkswagen had used the same strategy by first introducing the Passat and then the Jetta before launching the Polo which actually put the German manufacturer in the mainstream of the Indian automobile world.Peugeot it seems will go in the same direction by first launching the 508 which could be followed either by the5008 or the 301. Though the 301 sedan which has been engineered keeping in mind emerging markets like ours, we predict it would require a hatchback for Peugeot to step up into the limelight and take on other more established manufacturers. The 208 rivals the Volkswagen Polo, theSkoda Fabia, the Suzuki Swift and the Honda Jazz internationally and thought there are strong numbers in this segment to be had, the competition is really stiff. Prices for this hatch in India could be starting from 7lakhs.
The term ‘MPV’ was once attached to the pre-conceived impression of a boring family-oriented people-mover. People in course of time began to see the practicality of MPV’s and then manufacturers began to make them look less boring and more stylish and these utility vehicles gradually improved dynamically as well. The success of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a prime example that we Indian’s look for a vehicle that is apt for various tasks involving the household. We need a solid and safe vehicle where space is the key theme. While it would be the 508 followed by the 301 that would mark the entry of Peugeot in 2014, the French manufacturer would definitely be aware of the constant growth of the utility segment market and the 5008 which is an MPV would definitely be on Peugeot’s mind to bring to India. The 5008 is a more premium MPV than the Toyota Innova and if launched, prices would start from upwards 11lakhs.
The Peugeot 301 which is expected to be manufactured at Peugeot’s plant in Gujarat by 2014 would be the second car from the manufacturer in India but in essence the 301 would be the first Peugeot with which the manufacturer can hope and aim to crack the Indian market with. The 501 is primarily aimed at bring brand awareness and establishing Peugeot as a premium manufacturer. The new 301 is set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012 and is positioned in the automaker’s developing market lineup which includes India. The 301 is also the first model to use the new naming strategy which would have all Peugeot models ending in a one or an eight. The first number marks out the size of the vehicle, the middle number would always be zero or double zero and the third number will always be a one or an eight. Cars that end in a one – like the 301 – will represent Peugeot’s value-for-money range. The 301 was developed as a world car and the new car "illustrates the internationalisation of the brand", Peugeot said. When launched prices for the 301 would start from around 7 lakhs.
Peugeot has confirmed that the508 would be the their first car to be brought into India as a completely built unit (CBU) and that would most likely be followed by the 301 sedan which is targeted mainly at the emerging markets. Depending on the response that Peugeot gets, the French manufacturer could then consider bringing in the Peugeot Partner Tepee utility vehicle which is basically Peugeot’s badge-engineered version of the Citroën Berlingo Multispace. What might look as essentially a van with windows, the Partner Tepee has been designed as a passenger car from the outset. While the choice of name might sound bizarre in the beginning, the Partner part suggests reliability and Tepee is a conical tent made by Native Americans. Cars like the Partner Tepee are liked for their practicality, utilitarian charm and there is also cheerfulness about them. If launched prices for this utility vehicle would start from Rs 9lakhs which would make it compete starting with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and also the Toyota Innova.
Jean-Raphael Peytregnet, the Consul-General of France in India, very aptly termed Peugeot’s re-entry into India as ‘symbolic’. Peugeot had exited from India in the 1990s, after its joint venture with Premier Automobiles Ltd (PAL) ended. While German companies (and not just automobile manufacturers) have aggressively positioned themselves in India, the French comparatively have been lurking behind. The re-entry of Peugeot in India therefore is symbolic because the French now want to correct their act in India and want a piece of the pie. Peugeot had earlier marketed their cars as “the drive of your life”, but the manufacturer with the lion on its nose would be best advised to pitch the refinement and sound engineering of their cars in India. If Peugeot wants to be seen as a niche mainstream manufacturer, one that sells in vast numbers, it would be important for it to be associated by Indians as a glamorous manufacturer, much like how we see Skoda and Volkswagen. The 508 which in 2014 will become the first Peugeot to be assembled and sold in India, shares its platform with the Citroen C5. While how the 508 will be priced in India is still speculative, the luxury sedan should be priced around 20lakhs which if it is the case, will make it extremely competitive.
Peugeot are flexing their French muscle at the Auto Expo and the manufacturer has announced that the 508 will be their first offering in India and will be assembled at their plant in Gujarat. The 508 will be manufactured by 2014 and will have a 2.2-litre HDI common rail diesel engine. The Peugeot 508 will compete with the Honda Accord, Skoda Superb and the VW Passat and would be priced around Rs 20lakh. The stylish 508 sedan made its international debut in 2010.
Peugeot’s Audi challenger in the Le Mans 24 Hour, the 908 LMP1, would be on display at the New Delhi Auto Expo. At the 2011 Le Mans, the 908 took three of the top four spots, finishing second only to the Audi R18. The Peugeot 908 HDi is a sports prototype built by Peugeot to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race in 2007. In 2009 Peugeot won the world’s most famous endurance race.
PSA Peugeot Citroen have already started to work on their plan to enter the Indian market. The company’s plant is under construction in Gujarat and it will be operational from 2014. From what we know, only Peugeot models will be available for our market and Citroen isn’t planning to come into India anytime soon.