Geneva 2013: Peugeot

  • 2008 urban crossover; world premiere
  • 208 GTI unveiled with 197bhp
  • 2008 HYbrid Air and 208 HYbrid FE

New cars on show: 2008, 2008 Hybrid Air, 208 Hybrid FE

2008 (main picture)

Taking centre stage is the all-new Peugeot 2008 – another funky looking thing aimed at middle-class people called Toby and Vanessa.

The compact crossover comes with a decent sized boot at 360 litres that grows to 1,194 litres with the rear seats folded. Peugeot has also added six cargo tie-down points.

The 2008 range includes Peugeot’s e-HDi diesel and three-cylinder petrol technology including stop/start. 

CO2 emissions are a Panda-friendly 98g/km for the diesel and 99g/km for the petrol. Peugeot also says that average fuel consumption will be as high as 61.8mpg.

It looks nice enough, can be ordered with outside decals and if it takes your fancy order books open at UK retailers in June.

Read more details of the 2008 by clicking here.

208 GTi

The GTi version of the 208 is set to be an impressive hot hatch. Power is 197bhp while UK-sold cars will have the option of a Union Jack flag on the roof. How very patriotic.

As a way of illustrating Peugeot’s er… illustrious history the stand-out feature for petrolheads will be the Peugeot 208 T16 rally car. It’s a blast from the past and the aim is to get you stop at the Peugeot stand and gawp at it for a while. Which we did.

For more information on the 208 GTi, click here.

2008 HYbrid Air and 208 HYbrid FE

The Peugeot stand also features the 2008 Hybrid Air and the 208 Hybrid FE. The Hybrid Air combines three-cylinder petrol engines with innovation in the form of compressed air technology. The HYbrid Air system uses conventional engine power coupled with compressed air to assist when in high-load situations such as moving away from a standstill or accelerating.

This concept vehicle emits just 49g/km while getting from a standstill to 62mph in 8.0 seconds. The French firm has achieved this through clever use of a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain and a weight loss programme along with low rolling resistance tyres and specially formulated engine fluids.

The 208 Hybrid FE, meanwhile, is a statistician’s dream. Its CO2 emissions read 49g/km yet it’ll do 0-62mph in just 8.0 seconds. This is achieved with a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain, optimised aerodynamics, a 200kg weight reduction and low rolling resistance wheels and tyres.