Climate tests put brakes on new hybrid Pugs
AUSTRALIA will have to wait for Peugeot to perform hot weather testing on its two hybrid models before we get them here.
Peugeot has a 3008h Hybrid4 available overseas and is planning to release the 508 RXH diesel-hybrid.
But Peugeot Automobiles Australia spokeswoman Jaedene Hudson says neither is yet confirmed for Aust- ralia until hot weather testing has been completed. She could not confirm where the hot weather testing is being done. ‘‘They haven’t come out here yet, but that’s not to say that they won’t,’’ she says.
‘‘Once that is completed we can decide when we can take them.
‘‘We might take one, or both, or none.’’
Peugeot only sells the ‘‘mild hybrid’’ 508 and 308 which have fuel-saving auto stop-start systems.
Ms Hudson says fuelefficient diesel models are popular, representing a large segment of their sales.
‘‘We were among the first with diesel technology and we continue to develop and redevelop the technology,’’ she says.
Sales of Peugeot are down 15.6 per cent this year to 2554, but she says they are not panicking. ‘‘We had a lot of stuff to sort out at the start of the year with demo models,’’ she says.
‘‘We sold a lot of demos which are not counted in the official figures because they’re not new regos. We’ve now refreshed our demo fleet and there are plenty of demo models available,’’ Ms Hudson says.
She says the early supply problems for the new 4008 compact SUV have been rectified and sales are on track for 900 by the year end. She also expects the new 208 coming in October to finish the year off with a high.
The slightly bigger and 150kg lighter 208 features a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, plus a new interior with touch screen, redeveloped smaller and lower steering wheel and a higher dashboard ‘‘so you don’t take the eyes off the road as much’’, she says.
Australia will not be get- ting the 408 to be released in November, leaving a gap left by the departure of the 407.
We also won’t get the 301 which is only to be produced as a left-hand drive.
However, we may get the Urban Crossover Concept which debuted at the Beijing motor show in April.
It’s built off the 208 platform and is smaller than the 4008. She says if it goes into production it will be the kind of car Aussies want.