Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is only 21 years old. That’s very young when compared to other automotive events; but make no mistake, this annual gathering has grown to become one of the most important racing happenings in the world. The festival attracts not only historic and modern race cars alike, but also a host of past and present drivers to hoon some of the coolest vehicles up the Goodwood hill.

The event is getting better and better with each edition, and 2014 is no exception. With nearly 10 debuts set to take place in West Sussex, England, and with iconic drivers such as Richard Petty, Al Unser, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi having already confirmed their presence, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle.

NASCAR ’s "King" Petty will arrive to drive his legendary No. 43 Plymouth Belvedere through the course, while Unser will hoon the 1978 Penske Lola-Cosworth racer in which he won his third Indy 500 . And that’s only a mere fraction of the action scheduled between June 26th and 29th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.

While Peugeot is showcasing the "crude steel" Exalt concept car at the Beijing Auto Show , its motorsport division is releasing the details on the 2008 DKR, the company’s first vehicle to take on the grueling Dakar Rally in 25 years.

The French manufacturer retired from the said rally in 1990, after winning it four times in a row with desert-prepped versions of the 205 supermini and 405 sedan . Now, nearly a year after Sebastien Loeb crushed the Pikes Peak record in an all-carbon version of the 208 , Peugeot is announcing its return to Dakar with a vehicle based on the 2008 crossover .

Actually, we need to rephrase that to "loosely based on" the road-going vehicle, as the 2008 DKR has very little in common with the said crossover, save for the numeric name and a few design cues.

To be fielded under the colors of Team Peugeot Total in the 2015 Dakar, which is scheduled to begin next January, the 2008 DKR buggy will be driven by Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres. Both have already won the rally, but while Sainz did it while driving a Volkswagen Touareg -based racer, Despres won the even riding KTM motorcycles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Peugeot 2008 DKR.

In the automotive industry - as in many other aspects of life - size is everything. Of course, that was until "the larger the better" mantra got sideswiped by the efficiency beast. Now, automakers everywhere are sticking their nose up at the larger than life models and switching to "compact SUVs" to boost their sales. Peugeot is just one of these automakers clamoring to get a hold of the market with their new Peugeot 2008. The model will be unveiled in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The new 2008 crossover is based on the 208 hatchback from which it borrows the front grille and the front and rear lights. Unlike the hatchback however, the ride and driving positions have been raised so that the 2008 will offer improved off-road capabilities.

Engine line-up will also be borrowed from the 208, but will add a new 3-cylinder petrol engine that will allow the 2008 to deliver a CO2 emission of just 99g/km.

UPDATE 01/07/13: This review has been updated with the official details images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Peugeot 2008.

In the past two years Peugeot has been pretty busy testing their new 2008 crossover , but while we were all waiting to see the production version, Peugeot decided to unveil a concept version at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The 2008 is an evolution of the Urban Crossover concept we have seen earlier this year and will be built as a competitor for the Nissan Juke . The 2008 combines the elegance and refinement of a hatchback with the remarkable versatility and interior space of a SUV. It measures just 4.14 meters long and 1.74 meters wide making it a perfect driving in the city.

The concept to be displayed in Paris is powered by a new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine with turbo and direct injection that helps it deliver an impressive 100 HP, but also low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Peugeot 2008 Concept.

Peugeot 2008

It was exactly one year ago that we first captured the upcoming Peugeot 2008 on film wearing what looked to be a giant black trash bag as its cammo. Now, Peugeot has taken their new baby SUV out for another testing session wearing a dizzying array of white and black swirls.

The future 2008 was previewed by the Urban Crossover Concept unveiled earlier this year and will take on models like the Opel Mokka, Nissan Juke , and Skoda Yeti . It is basically an SUV version of the 208 and since it shares the same platform, will be about 3.80-3.90 meters long.

Details on the powertrain options are still being kept secret, but it is believed that it will be the first car within the PSA Group to be available as a petrol-hybrid model. The hybrid powertrain will be similar to the one found in the 3008 Hybrid4 (featuring a diesel engine) in which the electric engine and the batteries will be at the back and powering the rear wheels.

Since the new 208 does not offer a station wagon version, the 2008 will be the alternative for those who need more space and practicality.


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