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At the 2014 Paris motor show
Sporty 308 GT, facelifted 508 and 208 GTi 30th
With Peugeot's design and technical concepts

► ► ► See also: Peugeot 208 GTi 30thPeugeot QuartzPeugeot Exalt

AutoPressNews, Carmakers News, 30 Sep. 2014.
Peugeot 380 GT, front-side view
Sporty compact 308 GT in four versions.
For the 2014 Paris Motor Show (public days 4-19 Oct.), Automobiles Peugeot promised something for everyone, starting from the Quartz (more) and Exalt (more) concept cars to show future design direction, to the 208 HYbrid Air with its low CO2 and 141 mpg (UK, equivalent to 117.4 US mpg, 2.0 litres/100 km, or 49.9 km per litre of fuel).

No less than forty cars to be exhibited across a 4,000sqm stand in Hall One of the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile, revealing a revitalized and unified Peugeot range.

Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air 2L demonstrator, front-side view
Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air 2L.

Unveiled at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed last June, the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition (more) will also take its deserved stand, with 30 years of Peugeot subcompact GTi since the 205 GTi (more...)

For a glimpse of the future, the Quartz and Exalt Concept cars inspire thrills and efficiency wrapped in a premium package.

Peugeot also wants to show its technical expertise in fuel and emissions reduction, through the new power plant of the 208 HYbrid Air 2L.

Above the subcompact (B-segment, supermini) 208 category, the French carmaker is displaying the new 308 GT – sporty compact / C-segment, lower medium category – and the 508 midsize sedan (D-segment, upper medium category).

208 HYbrid Air 2L

With the 208 HYbrid Air 2L demonstrator, the French brand displays its expertise in the diesel engines technologies.

In figures, Peugeot indicates that at the end of June 2014, the average CO2 emissions for its new vehicles sold in Europe stood at 111.1 g/km (178.8 g/mile), compared with 115.1 g/km (185.2 g/mile) for the same period in 2013.

Peugeot attributes this performance to the rapid roll-out of its Euro 6 engines, with the BlueHDi diesel and the three-cylinder PureTech petrol variants. The 1.2-litre PureTech 130 S&S engine is the first petrol engine to feature the brand's Stop & Start in conjunction with automatic transmission. It is now available with the new six-speed automatic gearbox for the compact (C-segment) 308 range.

With the 208 HYbridAir 2L demonstrator, Peugeot halves the consumption of the 208, resulting in 141 miles per Imperial gallon (117.4 US mpg, 2.0 litres / 100 km, or 49.9 km per litre of fuel).

Peugeot says that this is helped by a significant weight reduction from using a mix of steel and aluminium, as well as the improvement of the aerodynamics and the decrease of rolling resistance, thanks to details such as an intelligent air intake, a lower stance and large diameter, narrow tires.

Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air 2L demonstrator, rear-side view
208 HYbrid Air 2L with hydro-pneumatic features.

As such, HYbrid Air combines an internal combustion engine – a 1.2-litre PureTech 82 that’s been made 4% more efficient – with a series of hydro-pneumatic features which include a compressed-air tank, low-pressure tank acting as an expansion chamber, and a combined engine-pump system mated to the transmission. This system generates, stores and releases compressed air to assist and even replace the petrol engine. The result is a better efficiency during transition phases, such as acceleration.

308 GT

Peugeot 308 GT SW rear-side view
Peugeot 308 GT available as a hatchback or SW estate.

The sporty compact 308 GT clearly targets driving enthusiasts in four versions, with both the GT 205 and GT 180 available as a hatchback or SW estate, powered by either a 1.6-litre THP S&S petrol engine delivering 205 hp (151 kW, 202 bhp) or a 2.0-litre BlueHDi developing 180 hp (132 kW, 178 bhp).

These engines are mated to an automatic gearbox, respectively achieving 50.4 UK mpg (equivalent to 42 US mpg, 5.6 litres / 100 km, or 17.8 km per litre of fuel) with CO2 emissions of 130 g/km (209.2 g/mile), and 70.6 UK mpg (equivalent to 58.8 US mpg, 4.0 litres / 100 km, or 25 km per litre of fuel) with 103 g/km (166 g/mile).

New Peugeot 508 midsize sedan and SW estate
New Peugeot 508 midsize sedan and SW estate.

In styling terms, the 308 GT gets headlamps with 62-LED units, side skirts and 18-inch Diamond alloy wheels, while the interior is trimmed with anthracite-coloured roof headlining, in addition to red stitching on the upholstery, dashboard, door panels and gear lever.

All 308 GT models feature the Driver Sport Pack which enhances the engine soundtrack, the multi-media interface systems, with sharper power steering and accelerator pedal performance.


Peugeot 508 with the 7-inch touch screen
New Peugeot 508 with the 7-inch touch screen.

Peugeot indicates that the new front grille of its 508 midsize sedan points the way for future models in the range, with the lion logo in the middle. Additionally, there is a re-profiled bonnet, with bumper-integrated daytime running lights as standard and the rear lights are more horizontal than their predecessors.

From level two up, all models of the new Peugeot 508 come with a seven-inch touch screen that incorporates the majority of the car's functions. Other features include Open & Go (keyless entry and start), an automatic electric parking brake plus two new additions: a reversing camera and blind-spot monitoring. The new 508 has eight engine options, two petrol and six diesel.

► ► ► See also: Peugeot 208 GTi 30thPeugeot QuartzPeugeot Exalt