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Video of the Day: Hyundai i30N Squares Off with the Peugeot 308 GTi

Video of the Day: Hyundai i30N Squares Off with the Peugeot 308 GTi

Two hatchbacks, one track, the ultimate showdown

Peugeot, Volkswagen, and even Ford all have a major history in the “hot hatch” market, and then you’ve got Hyundai who recently decided to venture into previously uncharted waters with the i30 N hatchback. Developed by Hyundai’s N division, it delivers 271 horsepower in range-topping form, has front-wheel drive, and a lovely six-speed manual. And, it might look like a Golf GTI fighter since it lives in the same niche, but it’s real competition, at least on paper, is the Peugeot 308 GTi, which comes to the fight with 268 ponies from a turbo, 1.6-liter, four-banger. With both models rocking out similar specs in the power department, which one is actually better all comes down how they perform on the track. And, that’s exactly what Auto Express has done. Check out the video below to see which one reigns supreme!

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2016 Peugeot 308 Sedan

2016 Peugeot 308 Sedan

Second-gen 308 gets three-box design with unique rear end in China

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.

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2015 Peugeot 308 GTi

2015 Peugeot 308 GTi

Peugeot has once again stepped up its hot-hatch game with the release of the new 308 GTi, which brings an ultra-efficient turbocharged 1.6-liter engine available in two levels of tune, an enhanced exterior aesthetic, and an interior chock full of performance cues.

Inspired by Peugeot’s extended GTi pedigree, the beefy five-door sees upgrades in all areas; some subtle, some less so, but all in the name of standing out in a market awash with hot-hatches.

Peugeot Brand CEO Maxime Picat says the car has created a good deal of excitement among performance enthusiasts, especially those familiar with the brand’s history of turning out quick cars with an odd number of doors. The 308 GTi follows the likes of the 205 GTi, 208 GTi, and RCZ R, all of which have contributed to the automaker’s claim of selling 800,000 units of its “sportier models.”

It all sounds great, but with so many fantastic hot-hatches to choose from, how does the 308 GTi stack up?

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 308 GTi.

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2015 Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

2015 Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

Though the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid is just a concept car, it’s pretty amazing how quickly this performance hybrid stuff has begun to trickle down from hypercars to high-volume vehicles. With a combined output of 500 horsepower between a gas engine and two electric motors, the 308 Hybrid R has as much power as a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Peugeot could see this type of hybrid technology as a key to retaking its place on top of the very competitive French hot-hatch segment.

Peugeot dominated the European hot-hatch scene in the 1990s with cars like the 205 GTi and 106 Rallye. Fantastic cars by the accounts of our (older) counterparts in Europe, but then the company decided to refocus its efforts on building dull people-moving appliances that appeal more to accountants than Juha Kankkunen wannabes (In case that reference is a bit too obscure, Kankkunen won the WRC in a Peugeot 205 T16 in 1986). Since then, French compatriot rival Renault has become the go-to purveyor of fast, French hatchbacks. The question now is, can hybrid powertrains help Peugeot take back a genre it helped define?

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid.

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2015 Peugeot 308 GT

2015 Peugeot 308 GT

Peugeot launched the 308 in 2007 as the successor to the 307. The company’s new competitor to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus was based on the same chassis as the 307 but received a redesigned body and a revamped interior. The 308 included a host of gasoline and diesel engines at launch, and it carried over unchanged until a facelift in 2011. A brand-new 308 was unveiled in late 2013, sporting Peugeot’s new design language showcased on the 508 sedan and the 208 hatchback. Besides inaugurating the new Peugeot numbering system where the final digits remain fixed, the 308 received the 2014 European Car of the Year award, beating vehicles the likes of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S. As we’re moving closer to the 2015 model year, Peugeot is introducing a warmed-up GT model that boasts extra power and sportier looks compared to the standard versions.

This new GT trim is available in both the hatchback and wagon models. Power is provided by either a gasoline or a diesel engine, with both mills being the most powerful of the 308 lineup as of September 2014. Beefed-up engines aside, the GT is also a more stylish proposition for hatchback and wagon consumers, as it comes with a host of unique features inside and out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Peugeot 308 GT.

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World Car of the Year Candidates Officially Announced

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show. Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf.

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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European "Car of the Year" Finalists Announced

European "Car of the Year" Finalists Announced

Whenever the end of the year is upon us, we all spend enough time to take a break from all the holiday shopping to reflect on the year that was.

The same holds true in the automotive industry, except that instead of merely reminiscing, there are those that are in positions to hand out what they deem are the best cars of the year. Last week, 48 journalists from North America voted on the North American Car and Truck of the Year, whittling down the list to three finalists in each category with the winners being announced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show this coming January.

Well, Europe has its equivalent in the aptly named "Car of the Year jury." It consists of 58 members from 22 countries in Europe with representation depending on a specific country’s market size and its "importance in car manufacturing."

A subjective criteria, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

What’s important is that the list of contenders for the prestigious award has been narrowed down to seven finalists, all of which have as much chance as the other to succeed the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. The winner will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, giving the "Car of the Year" jury enough time to exhaust every analytical measure possible before making a decision on which car to vote for.

Good luck to all the finalists!

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Peugeot 308 R Concept Headed to Production

On the heels of making its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Peugeot’s fantastic 308 R Concept appears to be set to lose its designation as just a concept, an exciting development that could lead to a production version for the sports hatchback.

Talking to Top Gear UK, Peugeot’s managing director, Maxime Picat, laid out part of the French automaker’s production plans in the future and apparently, that includes what he described as "specific high-line versions" of its vehicle lineup.

Then Picat dropped the tidbit that should ring music to the ears of Peugeot lovers everywhere.

"There is room for a 308 R that uses the same engine as the concept car at Frankfurt."

And "boom!" goes the dynamite.

It’s still a little short of an emphatic confirmation, but it does give a lot of people clamoring for the 308 R Concept’s production future hope that such a scenario would bear fruit sooner than later.

"The potential 308 R will be developed by Peugeot Sport to use sport technologies," Picat added.

Needless to say, we, just like a whole lot of other people, are getting excited about the prospect of seeing a production model for the 308 R Concept. Here’s to hoping that Picat’s endorsement of the car is more than just lip service.

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2013 Peugeot 308 R Concept

2013 Peugeot 308 R Concept

Peugeot’s participation at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month is becoming clearer and clearer by the day. With a little under a month left before one of the biggest auto shows in the world opens its doors, the French automaker is slowly giving us an idea on what it’s planning to bring to Frankfurt.

One of these models is a concept vehicle based on the 308. It’s called the 308 R Concept and if you look at it based on the first images that have hit the Internet, you won’t be off base if you thought the model looks more production car than it is a concept one.

There are no gaudy lines or out-of-this-world technologies, only a sharply-dressed red-and-black 308 that comes with a large body kit comprising of new bumpers, side skirts, a rear-mounted spoiler, and a set of massive alloy wheels. The car also appears to be lowered, judging by its close proximity to the ground, and lastly, the dual exhaust system on the rear hints at a powerful engine that you normally won’t associate with the mild-mannered 308.

As far as the engine is concerned, we’re only speculating on this end, but we think it’s going to be similar to the 1.6-liter THP found under the hood of another new Peugeot that bears the company’s performance "R" badge, the RCZ R. Should that be the case, expect an output of around 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with an estimated top speed of 155 mph.

More details are expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. But we have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of the 308 R Concept in the near future.

Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot RCZ R

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Spy Shots: 2014 Peugeot 308 Caught During Winter Tests

The next- generation Peugeot 308 has been caught testing many times, but the latest spy shots reveal the car during its first winter test. Previous rumors suggested the new generation could drop the current 308 name in favor of a new 301 moniker, but the latest rumors say the new car will keep its 308 name.

The new 308 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4, and will be lighter and more agile.

The engine lineup will once again be shared with Citroen models and will include a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, plus an all-new diesel hybrid. Peugeot will also offer the new three-cylinder family in an attempt to reduce fuel consumption as much as possible.

Even if the car is still heavily camouflaged, the new 308 will be a mixture between the 208 and the SR1 Concept car, featuring a more elegant and compact body then the current generation.

Expect the new Peugeot 308 to be unveiled later in 2013.

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Spy Shots: Peugeot 308 reveals the real deal

Yesterday, Volkswagen announced that the seventh generation Golf will be unveiled on September 4th. In response to that announcement, the Golf’s biggest competitor, the Peugeot 308, has launched itself back onto the testing grounds for another round.

The next 308 was initially rumored to be called 301, but it looks like Peugeot has decided to keep the original name after all. The next 308 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4, and has been promised to be both lighter and more agile than the current generation.

The Peugeot 308 will be offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, including some shared with Citroen and some borrowed from the new 208, as well as a diesel hybrid version offered for the first time. Peugeot’s new three-cylinder family engines will also find their way under the bonnet of the next 308.

As for its design language, expect to see a mixture of the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308. Its official debut will be made sometime in 2013.

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2013 Peugeot 308/301

2013 Peugeot 308/301

Peugeot is preparing to put to an end their small 308 hatchback and they are already working on the car’s successor. Logic and previous history will tell us that the new model will be called 309, but back in 1993, Peugeot was selling a car in Europe by that name and that turned out to be a "not so successful car." Not to have that negative air to surround their new model, Peugeot has decided to name their new model the "301."

The upcoming 301 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4, meaning that, compared to the 308, it will be slightly shorter but also wider. Peugeot will also work on making the car both lighter and more agile. Engines will be shared with the Citroen model as well as some new ones from the 208, meaning a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 68 to 110 HP. The new 301 will also offer a diesel hybrid version and some engines from the new three-cylinder family.

As for its exterior appearance, the model will combine design elements from the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308.

The Peugeot 301 will be revealed in 2013 as a competitor for the Volkswagen Golf.

Updated 01/27/2012: The upcoming Peugeot 301 has been caught testing once again, this time in winter conditions.

Updated 08/29/2012: The next generation Peugeot 308 (previously rumored to be called 301) has been taken out for another testing session. This time the spy shots are revealing the real deal!

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2010 Peugeot 308 GT THP 200

2010 Peugeot 308 GT THP 200

Apparently the 2010 Peugeot 308 Millesim Special Edition was just not enough for Peugeot. The automaker has unveiled another special edition 308 as part of their 200th anniversary celebration called the Peugeot 308 GT THP. It will go on sale this month only as a five-door model with prices starting at £21,995.

On the exterior the Peugeot 308 GT THP 200 gets a bright black carbon-style insert under the front bumper lower skirt, a "Sport" lower front panel derived from the 308 CC, and a lower rear bumper panel with Perla Nera black diffuser. The Peugeot will also receive a rear spoiler that offers additional efficiency at high speeds, twin chrome rear exhaust pipes, and "GT" badges on the side and rear of the body.

On the interior the Peugeot 308 GT THP 200 will get sports seats, aluminum pedals, footrest and gear lever knob, leather sports steering wheel with aluminum detailing, and a black lacquer fascia front panel. It will be available in six different exteriors: Bianca White, Nera Black, Aluminium, Shark Grey, Ipanema Blue, and Babylon Red, all with a Payerne black half leather interior trim.

Press release after the jump.

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