Peugeot 308 voted Car of the Year by journalists
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.