It’s party time at Peu­geot

New mod­els are ready to roll, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE 200th birth­day party at Peu­geot is bring­ing lots of presents for buy­ers. Al­ready this year the com­pany has re­leased a new 308CC, re­vi­talised the 207, added a Spor­tium line to its 308, in­tro­duced the 4007 and 3008 SUVs and — just this week— in­tro­duced the land­mark RCZ sports car.

RCZ gets an­other kick in De­cem­ber with the ar­rival of an an­niver­sary model RCZ.

But more is to come next year, start­ing with the all-new 508.

Peu­geot Au­to­mo­biles Aus­tralia boss Ken Thomas says next year will be ‘‘even more ex­cit­ing’’.

Apart from the good-look­ing 508, the high­light will be the 3008 Hybrid4, in­tro­duc­ing an all-wheel-drive diesel/ elec­tric hy­brid pow­er­train with the elec­tric mo­tor driv­ing the rear wheels and the reg­u­lar diesel en­gine pow­er­ing the fronts. The 508 coupe-like saloon goes into pro­duc­tion in April and will ar­rive in July, fol­lowed by the Tour­ing wagon late in the year.

There is a 580 coupe to fol­low, and Thomas says the SR1 con­cept model pro­vides clues to its look, but it will not ar­rive un­til 2012.

‘‘There is a grow­ing aware­ness in the pub­lic that Peu­geot is not sit­ting idle,’’ Thomas says.

In Jan­uary, Peu­geot in­tro­duced elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol in all its pas­sen­ger and SUV ve­hi­cles and by Oc­to­ber it will have en­gines that meet the strict new emis­sions stan­dards of Euro 5 in all mod­els. Thomas ex­pects Aus­tralia to in­tro­duce Euro 5 stand- ards by 2015. Thomas ad­mits Peu­geot’s sales are down 4 per cent this year, but puts it down to sup­ply dif­fi­cul­ties.

‘‘But sup­ply is now re­stored and with new mod­els such as the 3008 and RCZ, we ex­pect to be above 6000 this year, which is up about 10 per cent,’’ he says.

Due soon: the Peu­geot 508 is be­ing re­vamped.

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