Starting from November 1, the new Peugeot model will be available in Turkey and then in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, the Maghred, the Middle East, the Gulf States and African countries, certain Latin American markets and China.
Depending on the market, the 301 will compete against cars in the likes of the new Skoda Rapid and Seat Toledo twins, as well as its own French sibling, the Citroen C-Elysee.
Available engine options will include a 70hp (71PS) 1.2-liter VTi petrol, a 91hp (92PS) 1.6-liter HDi turbo diesel and a 114hp (115PS) 1.6-liter petrol.
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In a sheer stroke of luck, a man in the passenger seat of a sedan model that smashed into a Peugeot hatchback at a crossroad in Turkey, was thrown out of the car but amazingly, he made it out alive and unhurt.
The new 208 R2 was developed for the popular R2 rally category and features a raft of upgrades over the regular model.
These include the driveline that combines a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine tuned to deliver 185hp at 7,800rpm, linked to a five-speed, manual, sequential gearbox with the lever mounted on the steering column.
Peugeot’s engineers also made changes to the suspension, the brakes and switched the standard car’s electric power steering to a hydraulic unit, while the car rides on specially developed racing tires from Michelin.
The 208 R2 will make its first public appearance in full racing livery when it serves as ‘zero’ car for next week’s Tour de Corse (May 10-12), the fourth round of the 2012 Intercontinental Rallye Challenge.
Peugeot said that the gravel and asphalt versions of the 208 R2 will both be available in kit form including the engine with prices starting at €37,500 (US$49,500) as well as in fully built form for €57,500 (US$76,000).
Clairement ancrée dans l’univers SUV, la 4008 allie robustesse, puissance et sécurité de circulation en toutes circonstances. Grâce à sa motricité 4X4 toujours disponible, elle procure une sensation de liberté et une sérénité de conduite accrue. Compact et maniable, le SUV 4008 est également parfaitement adapté au milieu urbain.
// Clearly rooted in the SUV field, the 4008 combines strength, power and traffic safety in all circumstances. With its 4X4 motor always available, it provides an enhanced feeling of freedom and tranquility of driving. Compact and handy, the SUV 4008 is also ideally suited for urban areas.
The 4008 measures 4,340mm long (295mm shorter than the 4007), 1,800mm wide and 1,630mm tall, and rides on a 2,670mm long wheelbase, offering a boot volume of 416 liters with a spare wheel and up to 442 liters with a puncture repair kit.
At launch, the new Peugeot crossover model will be available with a choice of two petrol and the same number of diesel engines.
The gasoline range comprises a 1.6-liter unit producing 115HP (86kW) and 152Nm of peak torque, which is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox, and a 2.0-liter with 150HP (113kW) and 198Nm offered with a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
The diesel lineup includes a 1.6-liter HDi with 115HP (86kW) and 270Nm (280Nm with overboost), matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, and a 1.8-liter HDi producing 150HP (110kW) and 300Nm, connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Aside from the 1.6-liter petrol engine which is available only with front-wheel drive, all the other powerplants are offered with all-wheel drive as an option.
Peugeot also announced that the new 4008 will be distributed to more than 50 countries around the world starting from Russia and the Ukraine, then among other places, in China, Australia, New Zealand , Argentina and in Europe from May.