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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Partner Tepee Electric

The second-generation Peugeot Partner was introduced in 2008 alongside its PSA sibling, the Citroen Berlingo. Like its predecessor, the current Partner is available in both panel van and passenger versions, but the latter has been renamed the Partner Tepee. Offered with four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines since its introduction, the Partner gained an electric drivetrain in 2013. The utility vehicle was updated in 2015 with a redesigned exterior and a revised cabin. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot introduces the electric version of the Tepee passenger model.

Called the Partner Tepee Electric, the “leisure activity vehicle,” as it’s being described by Peugeot, uses the same electric motor as the pavel van version. Mileage is similar, while the Tepee Electric will also benefit from tax exemption with new VED regulations from 2017. Peugeot also added a range of new features, especially in the connectivity department, as well as a comprehensive battery warranty program.

The new Tepee Electric is basically a passenger-friendly alternative to the panel van EV for customers that need the cargo room of an utility vehicle, while also being able to transport up to four passengers when needed. It also enables Peugeot to finally offer an alternative to the passenger version of the Renault Kangoo Z.E.

“Whether for personal or business use, the Partner Tepee Electric stands out thanks to its blend of practicality and efficiency. The vehicle offers an impressive range and is easy to run and maintain, making it a highly attractive option for those looking to switch to electric,” said David Peel, managing director of Peugeot U.K.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot Partner Tepee Electric.


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Instinct

Over the past few years, automakers have gone crazy with the concept of autonomous vehicles – something that has led to some futuristic, spaceship-looking concepts that have somehow embedded themselves into our brains as the direction cars will take some time in the future. Think about models like the Toyota Concept-I, the Faraday Future FF 91, or even the Honda NeuV – all of which blend four wheels with wild design and so much technology we’re not sure what to do with it. Now, Peugeot is joining the party.

It might be a little late to do so, but it’s put together the Peugeot Instinct, a shooting brake concept – yes, it’s a true shooting brake – that manages to bring connectivity, relaxation, driving pleasure, and style all into one exciting package. Samsung’s Artiktm Cloud system is used to connect the car to other devices like smartphones, watches, and even smart devices in your home when within range. So far, Peugeot has said little about what motivates this concept, but it’s apparently functional as the brand has said that the “lengthy bonnet hints at the 300 horsepower delivered by the PHEV powertrain.”

Of course, Peugeot concepts rarely turn into production models, and Peugeot’s concept designer, Matthias Hossann, has told Autocar that this concept won’t see production. But, it is quite likely that some of the styling seen here will find its way onto production models, so at least there’s that to look forward too. After all, the Peugeot brand has made some pretty big strides lately in the name of design with models like the 2017 Peugeot 3008, the new 5008 SUV, and even the updated Peugeot 301 all helping to usher in a new era for the brand that promises a bright and stylish future.

But, before we toot Peugeot’s horn too much, let’s take a better look at this concept before it makes its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot Instinct.


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Breaks New Ground With New 5008 SUV

French automaker Peugeot is in the middle of a comprehensive reorganization of its lineup. The strategy saw two important vehicles being overhauled, with both the 3008 and 5008 ditching their MPV roots to become full-fledged SUVs. The 5008 just made its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where it displayed its new, imposing appearance with sculpted body lines integrated into the company’s latest design language.

On the outside, the new 5008 is quite the looker. No longer a spacious, yet ugly MPV, the 5008 has everything it needs to compete against crossovers like the Volkswagen Tiguan and the new Skoda Kodiaq. It’s also the better looking proposition (to me, at least) and has the advantage of a seven-seat layout. The third-row seats are foldable and easy to remove, which will give the 5008 an impressive cargo capacity of 37.4 cubic-feet.

Besides the dramatic change of appearance and the versatile interior, the 5008 also comes with numerous luxury options. Highlights include a panoramic glass roof, massage-function seats, and a premium sound system. It also features a comprehensive package of safety and driver assist features such as hill ascent/descent control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and advanced grip control. Adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree parking camera are also offered in order to make driving long distances and parking easier.

As usual, the engine lineup includes the already familiar small-displacement, four-cylinder engines. Gasoline options include the 1.2- and 1.6-liter units, while the diesel lineup consists of 1.6- and 2.0-liter mills. These can be paired to five-speed manual, six-speed manual, and six-speed automatic transmissions. The only downside is that the 5008 can’t be had with an all-wheel-drive system. Peugeot offers a clever traction control function, but the lack of a proper AWD system will leave some potential customers disappointed.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 208 Active Design

Launched in 2012 as a replacement for the ageing 207, the Peugeot 208 was designed from a clean sheet and bolted onto an upgraded version of the PSA PF1 platform. It also received new and updated four-cylinder engines and debuted a couple of three-cylinder gasoline units dubbed PureTech. Another important feature that debuted with the hatchback is the i-Cockpit, combining the compact steering wheel with high-level instrumentation, and TouchScreen technology. The i-Cockpit is now available in just about any Peugeot out there. In 2013, the 208 spawned a race-spec T16 Pikes Peak version that set a new record at the famous hill-climb event. A facelift was introduced for the 2015 model year.

Sold for nearly four years now, the Peugeot 208 is here to stay for a couple more years until the French introduce a redesigned model. Although it’s not to say that the hatchback is outdated, Peugeot is doing its best to keep the lineup fresh and the customers coming into dealerships. For 2016, the French firm introduced two new special-edition models, one of which is the Active Design. Based on the Active trim, the Active Design comes with extra standard features and brings customers savings of up to £2,240.

The not-so-good news is that the model is only available in the United Kingdom for the time being. Still, let’s have a closer look at the 208 Active Design to find out what makes it special.

Keep reading to learn all about the Peugeot 208 Active Design


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 208 Allure Premium

It was March of 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. The interior lighting was as bright as the sun, and all of the new cars were glistening. Okay, so it probably wasn’t all that elegant, but it is an exaggerated summary of the what it was like when Peugeot debuted the 208 for the first time. Produced in the company’s brand new plant in Slovakia, the 208 initially started out as a three-door hatchback. A year later, Peugeot dropped a five-door hatch version that made cramming into the back seat a little bit easier. The 208 isn’t what you would call a hot hatch by any means – it’s nothing more than a morning snack for a hot hatch like the Focus RS, but as a “supermini” or “B-segment” car, it serves its purpose quite well in crowded cities.

As a replacement for the Peugeot 207, and built on PSA’s PF1 platform, this little hatch is offered with no fewer than three gasoline engines and three diesel engines – all of which are four-cylinders that deliver anywhere between 68 horsepower and 198 horsepower in the 208 GTi. Oh wait, there is a little bit of hot hatch in that DNA. Anyway, with a few more years on the calendar before a new model is ushered in, Peugeot has decided to expand the 208 lineup with a pair of special editions models. This one is the Allure Premium edition, and it brings a number of enhancements that Peugeot says will save you money over the standard model equipped with the equivalent options.

With that said, let’s take a quick look at what makes the Allure Premium so special and why I’m taking the time to tell you about it today.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot To Offer New Electrically Assisted Scooter

Late last month, while unveiling the new 3008 crossover, Peugeot also revealed its intentions to produce a new electrically assisted scooter called the e-Kick. Designed to “cover the ‘last-mile’ of any journey,” the e-Kick is the product of a partnership between the French automaker and Micro Mobility, a Swiss company focused on urban mobility solutions. The e-Kick offers “electric assistance based on user movements,” with a range of 12 km (7.5 miles) and speeds up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph).

A lithium-ion battery housed in the foot platform provides the juice, while the rider gives a little extra human push power to make up the difference. The electric motor is integrated directly with the rear wheel, while a foot brake offers regenerative capabilities to keep the battery fresh. The whole thing weighs in at 8.5 kg (18.7 pounds). The handlebar was designed by Peugeot Design Lab, and allows the e-Kick to fold up quickly for compact storage. It’ll also let you roll the e-Kick on the front wheel without the need to physically carry it, which is helpful in crowded areas, or if you run out of electricity.

The e-Kick will also fit into a “dockstation” in the trunk of the new 3008, charging it up on the commute and providing a secondary transport option when needed. Alternatively, the scooter can top off from an external plug in about an hour.

Look for the e-Kick to go on sale sometime towards the end of the year.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot L500 R HYbrid

It was 100 years ago that Dario Resta and his Peugeot L45 averages a speed of 83.89 mph and won the Indianapolis 500 race of 1916. That was only one of three victories that Peugeot managed to attain between 1913 and 1919 at the Indy 500. Now in 2016, Peugeot has announced the Peugeot L500 R Hybrid to pay tribute to such an accomplishment and the “Charlatans” team that made it possible. The concept is said to be a “futuristic interpretation of the Indy Spirit” and a “racing concept for intense driving sensations.”

Matthias Hossann, Peugeot’s Concept Car and Technological Advance Chief, said, “With Peugeot L500 R Hybrid we’re paying tribute to Peugeot racing exploits dating to the early 20th century. Inspired by this spirit of performance and innovation we wanted to convey a sculptural, elegant and technological view of the future of Peugeot motorsport.”

Let’s be honest, at first glance this concept is highly futuristic but gorgeous at the same time. It features strong character lines, muscular wheel arches, and an impressive livery. In short, Peugeot took its time developing this concept and it looks amazing for that reason. With a long hood and a short tail, and a low profile that has this thing sitting low to the ground, it could, in theory, be a preview of what race cars in the future will look like. Of course, we have no idea how the future will unfold, but let’s take a good look at Peugeot’s new concept and see just how Peugeot sees the future of race cars and their design.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot L500 R HYbrid.


PostHeaderIcon PSA Launches New Electrification Solutions For Its Future Hybrid Cars

There is no denying it – hybrid and all-electric vehicles have made their mark on the automotive market and aren’t going away anytime soon. As such, every manufacturer is trying to get its own piece of the pie. PSA Group, the folks behind cars like the Peugeot 2008 and the Citroen C4, just presented its new strategy for electrification at the Innovation Day event earlier today. They are known as the Common Modular Platform and the Efficient Modular Platform.

Gilles Le Borgne, the Executive Vice President of research and development for PSA, said, “These next-generation hybrid and electric technologies will complement our range of internal combustion engines, thereby enabling PSA Group to offer its customers a diversified line-up of technologies that meet all of their mobility needs. This innovative strategy clearly demonstrates the Group’s commitment to global, sustainable solutions that will allow us to take on the energy transition challenge.”

The Efficient Modular Platform – dubbed EMP2 – will be used for compact and premium models and has already been introduced in the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308 back in 2013. Starting in 2019, the platform will be used to deploy the group’s first plug-in hybrid models. The plan includes SUVs and crossovers that will have electric four-wheel drive and up to 37 miles of all-electric range. The biggest advantage, however, will be that interior space won’t be compromised thanks to the design of the platform and battery location. Furthermore, PSA is claiming there will be efficiency gains of up to 40 percent in urban driving conditions.

The Common Modular Platform, dubbed CMP, was co-developed with Dongfeng Motors and is slated for use in compact city cars, compact SUVs, and core sedan models. Claims in the press release point to the development of multi-purpose electric vehicles with a range of up to 279 miles with one minute of charging providing up to 7.45 miles of range. According to PSA’s recent press release, the plan is to introduce four all-electric models by 2021, with the first one hitting showrooms as early as 2019.

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PostHeaderIcon Is Peugeot Already Testing the Next-Generation 2008?

It’s been less than three months since Peugeot unveiled the facelifted version of the current 2008 crossover, and it appears that the French firm is already testing a next-generation version. That’s the word from our paparazzi, who claim that the test mule in the images above is the second-generation 2008.

Although it looks nothing like a Peugeot and its nearly identical to the upcoming Opel Meriva that’s already been spotted testing in Europe, the different front end makes us believe that this could be next 2008. And the reason for that is simple. With GM and PSA having already worked together to develop successors to the Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso, it makes a lot of sense that the other brand from the PSA Group, Peugeot, to benefit from the new platform.

Both the new Meriva and C3 Picasso will ditch their minivan roots in favor of a more SUV-like approach, which Peugeot already did with the 3008 and likely wants the next-generation 2008 to follow a similar path. The camouflage is obviously too heavy to spot the essential details, but with the Opel and the Citroen prototypes sharing the same body panels except the front fascia, it’s likely that the 2008 will have a similar design and stand out by means of Peugeot’s newly redesigned grille and bold bumper seen on the larger 3008.

The only confusing detail here is the surprisingly low ride height, which wouldn’t make sense for a crossover in this category. This could change as the model gets closer to its launch date and the camouflage becomes thinner to let more details hit the surface. Speaking of the vehicle’s launch date, there’s no official timetable as to when that may happen, but the redesigned 2008 could break cover in 2017 and go on sale for the 2018 model year in Europe.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 308 Sedan

It’s been three years since Peugeot launched the second-generation 308, and the French compact has received a new body style. Following the release of the five-door hatchback and the station wagon, Peugeot is now offering a sedan version of the 308. There is a catch, however. Much like the 307 before it, the 308 sedan is not intended for global use and was developed for the Chinese market only. It replaces the first-gen 308 and joins the 408, a long-wheelbase version of the 308 hatchback.

Part of PSA Group’s “China: Blue Upper” five-year development plan, the 308 sedan was co-developed with Dongfeng, PSA’s partner in China. Not only is it radically different than the model it replaces as far as styling goes, the 308 also rides on a new platform. Whereas the dated 307 and previous 308 used the PSA PF2 underpinnings, the 308 sedan rides on the same PSA EMP2 platform that Peugeot introduced for the Euro-spec hatchback model back in 2013.

Details about the 308 sedan’s features and drivetrains are still scant of this writing, but Peugeot hopes that the new compact will help it ascend among the top 10 most sold brands in China, the world’s largest automobile market. Alongside the China-spec 3008, the 308 sedan will be Peugeot’s future core product in the Asian country and the car the French hope it will bring most new customers to the brand.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 308.


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 208 XS Special Edition

The Peugeot 208 was first unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as a replacement for the Peugeot 207, and by February of 2016, the production hit a total of 300,000 examples. It initially started out as a three-door hatchback, but was later produced as a five-door hatchback as well. In the short time that it has been in production, it has spawned several other variants like the Peugeot 208 T16 Pike Peak Racecar, Peugeot 208 GTi, and GTi Sport, and the Peugeot 208 R, which slots in above the GTi trim level.

Back in 2014, Peugeot introduced the Peugeot 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition that was designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Peugeot 205 GTi. Now with 2016 well underway, Peugeot is announcing the Peugeot 208 XS Special Edition – a model that is said to enhance personalization and increased desirability. If you’re interested in obtaining one of these special-edition models, you might want to get in touch with your local dealer quickly. Produced is limited to just 2,000 examples and is already available for order.

The Peugeot 208 XS Special Edition is said to have a decent list of standard features and a choice of various colors and exterior personalization packs. So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at it and go over the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 208 XS Special Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 2008 DKR Revealed in Beast Mode

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Following a number of previews and official introductions, the awesome Peugeot 2008 DKR rally car has now been unveiled in full competition mode, complete with the 2016 Rally Dakar livery it will be sporting at the event. Red Bull colors suits the DKR rather well.

Wider, faster, lower and more powerful than its predecessor, the 2016 Peugeot 2008 DKR Dakar racer will be piloted by a star-studded team, including Sébastien Loeb, Stéphane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres and Carlos Sainz. These world-class drivers will have a very well-engineered car under them, thoroughly tested in a variety of conditions.

Peugeot Sport seems pretty determined to do well at next year’s Rally Dakar. One sign that indicates that is the thought they have put into the livery you see on Peugeot 2008 DKR. While the color of the sponsors adorn the body panels, the roof of the car is finished in silver to reflect the harsh sunshine of the Argentine summer and keep the cabin nice and cool. That’s simple and clever and could have a huge impact on the performance of the drivers and navigators. 

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Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “If the car goes as well as it looks, then we are certainly set for a strong year next year! In its definitive livery, the new Peugeot 2008 DKR16 looks like it’s going really fast even when it’s standing still. We know that our cars will definitely have a strong visual presence on the Dakar: now it’s down to us as a team to make the most of that.”

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Design Lab Reveals Airbus Helicopter

The Peugeot Design Lab is home to some of the brightest design minds in the world. I don’t think anyone’s going to dispute that with the kind of innovative creations it has developed over the years. Lest we forget, PDL’s portfolio of designs already includes the Catamaran Concept and the Peugeot Food Truck, aptly named “Le Bistrot du Lion”. Now, PDL is taking its talents into the world of aviation with the presentation of the H160 civil helicopter at the 2015 Dubai Airshow.

Designed in collaboration with Airbus Helicopters, the H160 is a medium-twin helicopter that PDL worked on as a prize for winning a styling competition launched by Airbus. Though Airbus’ in-house design team was in charge of submitting the final designs of the H160, it was the Design Lab that laid the foundation. PDL accomplished this by incorporating elements from Airbus’ previous-generation Dauphin helicopter and adding its own touches to the design. The revamped nose, the biplane stabiliser, the canted tail rotor, and the Blue Edge blades are all signature features of the H160 that traces their origins to the Design Lab.

As impressive as the final design is, the fact that Airbus is actually going to build the H160 for production with the intention of launching the model in 2016 is a clear validation of the work being put in by the talented designers working in the Peugeot Design Lab. Airbus has given no indication on how much it plans to sell the production H160 for, but judging by its aggressive styling and cutting-edge technology, I wouldn’t be surprised if the price tag for the civilian chopper easily exceeds the $8.9 million base price of the Dauphin.

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PostHeaderIcon Restored Peugeot Rally Car Is A Collector's Dream

The world of rally racing experienced a golden age in the 80s thanks to the loose constraints of Group B regulations. These days, most fans can only relive that bygone era through grainy footage, but what if you were looking for something more substantial? Well, this Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 might be the ticket. You might think buying an old rally car is just for wealthy collectors who want to brag to their rich friends, but you’d be wrong – this particular example can be had for less than the price of a new VW Golf.

Believe it or not, this garage-kept Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 is currently up for sale with an asking price of just 18,000 euros ($20,200). It’s been completely restored over the last 10 years, and it’s only had two previous owners. It also comes with all the original documentation and road registration.

Originally produced in 1985, this small racer is equipped with a 1.8-liter engine mounted in the rear for better weight distribution and improved handling. The exterior is in mint condition, and includes body graphics, rear privacy glass, side air intakes, and an old-school wheel design. The interior doesn’t look half bad either, with a 3-spoke steering wheel, water and oil gauges in the middle of the dashboard, and that all-important roll cage to keep you safe. The front trunk houses a spare wheel.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 3008

Introduced in 2008 as a compact crossover with MPV-like styling, the Peugeot 3008 has just received a major makeover for the 2017 model year. The new exterior design and the revamped interior aren’t the only major changes for the nameplate. The 3008 also ditched PSA’s PF2 platform in favor of the more recent EMP2 architecture. The new underpinnings, which cost PSA roughly $708 million to develop, have already been launched in the new 308 and 408 models. More importantly, the 3008 has been moved into a new segment, being restyled into a compact SUV.

Set to compete against the Nissan Qashqai and the likes, the new 3008 features a bold exterior design crafted around the company’s new styling language. The overhauled interior adopted the i-Cockpit technology and offers more room than ever before and a bunch of state-of-the-art gadgets. As with most Peugeots, the new 3008 comes with a plethora of gasoline and diesel engines covering both highly efficient and sporty needs. The mini SUV also features a standard Focal sound system, a first for the auto industry, and an array of fancy features you wouldn’t normally expect in this segment. But more about that in the full review below.

The new 3008 will make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October and will go on sale in the United Kingdom starting in November, with first deliveries due in January 2017. The crossover will be sold in other markets as well, but not in the United States, where Peugeot has yet to return.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Peugeot 3008.


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 2008 DKR16

Peugeot has an impressively diverse history when it comes to motorsports. The company has participated in rallying, hill climbs, endurance racing, touring car racing, and supplied engines for Formula 1. Peugeot can lay claim to 4 WRC championships, 3 Le Mans wins, and 4 Dakar Rally wins. That’s quite the list already, but it seems that Peugeot would like to increase that last number, and has a car ready to compete in the 2016 Dakar Rally. That car is the 2008 DKR16, and despite its name, it has almost nothing in common with the regular road-going 2013 Peugeot 2008 crossover. However, it is based on last year’s Dakar machine, the 2014 2008 DKR.

This obviously isn’t uncommon though, and the 2015 Mini All 4 Racing that currently dominates the rally has little in common with Mini’s road cars either. It’s a shame though, because back when Peugeot first started winning Dakar Rallies, the 205 T16 cars that were used were much more closely related to something you could find at a dealership, even if it was a homologation special. But Dakar is a grueling event, and if a company with a strong history in both rallying and endurance racing thinks that this is the vehicle it needs to win, then it’s probably right.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 2008 DKR16

Peugeot has an impressively diverse history when it comes to motorsports. The company has participated in rallying, hill climbs, endurance racing, touring car racing, and supplied engines for Formula 1. Peugeot can lay claim to 4 WRC championships, 3 Le Mans wins, and 4 Dakar Rally wins. That’s quite the list already, but it seems that Peugeot would like to increase that last number, and has a car ready to compete in the 2016 Dakar Rally. That car is the 2008 DKR16, and despite its name, it has almost nothing in common with the regular road-going 2013 Peugeot 2008 crossover. However, it is based on last year’s Dakar machine, the 2014 2008 DKR.

This obviously isn’t uncommon though, and the 2015 Mini All 4 Racing that currently dominates the rally has little in common with Mini’s road cars either. It’s a shame though, because back when Peugeot first started winning Dakar Rallies, the 205 T16 cars that were used were much more closely related to something you could find at a dealership, even if it was a homologation special. But Dakar is a grueling event, and if a company with a strong history in both rallying and endurance racing thinks that this is the vehicle it needs to win, then it’s probably right.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Peugeot 2008 DKR16

Peugeot 2008 DKR16-0

Peugeot Sport unveiled a new version of their 2008 Rally Dakar fighter. The new Peugeot 2008 DKR16, which as the name suggests is designed for competition year 2016, will have its first taste of action later this year before heading to South America.

Longer, wider, lower and more powerful than its predecessor, Peugeot 2008 DKR16 also looks more aggressive thanks to shorter front and rear overhangs and new bonnet and roof-mounted air-intake. These changes also have positive impacts on the aerodynamics of the rally car.

Under the skin, Peugeot 2008 DKR16 features redesigned suspension suitable for a variety of terrains which work in tandem with magnesium one-piece wheels wrapped in lighter tyres from Michelin. The car also has better weight distribution, and a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel engine, all of which means it is a completely different beast than the old model.

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PEUGEOT SPORT Director Bruno Famin commented:  “There isn’t one big change that we have made on our car: instead it has been a series of small evolutions in different areas, which together we hope will amount to an overall improvement. The areas we have concentrated on include bodywork and aerodynamics – as a result of which the car looks slightly different compared to last year – as well as engine and suspension, which is all under the skin. The tests we have carried out up to now, as well as our one-two finish in China recently, indicate that we are heading in the right direction. You really cannot compare our state of preparation now to how it was for our first Dakar this time last year, when everything was new to us! Of course you can never say that you are completely ready for the Dakar either, because you simply never know what it will throw at you, but certainly this time we are more ready.”

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Fractal

French cars can sometimes be a bit polarizing. Some of the decisions French automakers make can seem a little out there for someone used more sober German or Japanese cars. But the same kind of thinking that leads to weird production cars also leads to really excellent concept cars. Concepts are supposed to be weird, and are supposed to challenge our notions of what a car should be, and the French do that sort of thing really well, even if it isn’t always intentional. Peugeot’s new Fractal concept is a gloriously weird two-tone electric convertible.

The purpose of the concept is to show the direction that Peugeot plans to take the i-Cockpit infotainment system. Peugeot is very proud of this system, and to be fair, it does represent a significant leap forward in the design and implementation of these kinds of systems, especially when you consider that it’s being fitted to not especially expensive cars. The Fractal is therefore a car that was designed from the inside out, and as wild as the exterior looks, the interior is completely bonkers, a testament to just how crazy you can go with an interior if you don’t have to worry about actually selling the car.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Peugeot Fractal concept.


PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Fractal Concept Unveiled Ahead of IAA

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An exciting part of all major European motor shows is seeing new Peugeot concept models. They tend to very unique and interesting, if a bit pointless. The one they have prepared for the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show is called Peugeot Fractal and it’s an electric urban coupe.

They way this new Peugeot Fractal is pitched makes us wonder if the French automaker has more plans for this concept than just displaying it as an eye candy. It seems to us at least like a suitable successor to the RCZ. That said, the main focus with the Fractal seems to be on the inside, as they say it’s a “prospective design of Peugeot i-Cockpit.”

If you are not familiar with Peugeot i-Cockpit you just need look at one of their new models like the 208. A small steering wheel, unique instruments, heads-up display, and minimalistic dashboard are among the highlights of this design. Peugeot Fractal adds an auditory aspect to that, boasting a sound signature created by sound designer Amon Tobin.

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As you’d expect from a concept car built in the year 2015, the Fractal is a nerd’s wet dream in terms of technology features. The doors open via a smartwatch app, and more than 80% of the interior trim surface is made of 3D-printed material. The head-up display features a high-definition holographic screen and a 45-degree polycarbonate strip that delivers additional information. The powertrain too is electric, a 150kW/204hp motor fed by a 30kW/h lithium-ion battery, providing a range of up to 450 km.

Fair to say Peugeot Fractal is a hugely interesting proposition with a cool design and mind-blowing technologies built into it. As for whether any of this good stuff will make it into production models, well that remains to be seen.

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