Peu­geot 308 voted Car of the Year by jour­nal­ists

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THE new Peu­geot 308 has been named Car of the Year 2014, ahead of 30 mod­els from North Amer­i­can, Korean, Euro­pean and Ja­panese man­u­fac­tur­ers.

A jury of jour­nal­ists rep­re­sent­ing 22 Euro­pean coun­tries de­liv­ered its ver­dict this week on the line-up of seven fi­nal­ists – the elec­tric BMW i3, Citroën C4 Pi­casso, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz S-class, Peu­geot 308, Skoda Oc­tavia and the elec­tric drive Tesla S.

The Peu­geot re­ceived 307 points from the 58 jury mem­bers, with top points from 22 of them. Sec­ond and third, in a close race, were the two elec­tric cars, BMW i3 (223) and Tesla S (216).

The new 308, which was launched in Europe dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter of 2013, is the fourth Peu­geot model to win the Car of the Year award, al­though the last was 12 years ago. The 308’s pre­de­ces­sor, the 307, took the top podium place in 2002; the 405 in 1988; and the 504 in 1969.

The UK au­to­mo­tive sec­tor has se­cured a share of govern­ment-backed Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sup­ply Chain Ini­tia­tive (AMSCI) fund­ing worth £45.5m to UK-based sup­pli­ers.

AMSCI is a fund­ing com­pe­ti­tion run through the Depart­ment for Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Skills and is de­signed to im­prove the global com­pet­i­tive­ness of UK ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing sup­ply chains.

The Long Term Ad­vanced Sup­ply Chain (LTASC) project will pro­vide fund­ing for a four-year pro­gramme of sup­port for re­search and de­vel­op­ment, skills train­ing and cap­i­tal in­vest­ment among 38 UK sup­pli­ers.

It will cre­ate nearly 1,000 jobs and safe­guard 1,600 ex­ist­ing jobs.

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