French cars can sometimes be a bit polarizing. Some of the decisions French automakers make can seem a little out there for someone used more sober German or Japanese cars. But the same kind of thinking that leads to weird production cars also leads to really excellent concept cars. Concepts are supposed to be weird, and are supposed to challenge our notions of what a car should be, and the French do that sort of thing really well, even if it isn’t always intentional. Peugeot’s new Fractal concept is a gloriously weird two-tone electric convertible.
The purpose of the concept is to show the direction that Peugeot plans to take the i-Cockpit infotainment system. Peugeot is very proud of this system, and to be fair, it does represent a significant leap forward in the design and implementation of these kinds of systems, especially when you consider that it’s being fitted to not especially expensive cars. The Fractal is therefore a car that was designed from the inside out, and as wild as the exterior looks, the interior is completely bonkers, a testament to just how crazy you can go with an interior if you don’t have to worry about actually selling the car.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Peugeot Fractal concept.
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.
Click past the jump to read about the 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.
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Peugeot drew some considerable attention at the Paris Auto Show last year when they introduced the EX1 electric concept for the very first time. This year, the French automaker is looking to repeat that with the introduction of their latest concept, the six-seater MPV concept called the HX1.
Blessed with a unique layout that makes use of Peugeot’s new design language, the HX1 is the company’s presentation of what their ’big’ models could look like in the future. The new revolutionary design includes "half-scissor" doors and a "floating" front grille akin to some of the company’s newest production models. The HX1 also features a hybrid powertrain system consisting of a 2.2-liter diesel engine and a rear-mounted 70kW electric motor.
All told, the HX1 Concept is Peugeot’s attempt in breaking new ground with their future models. No word yet on if the car is headed to production anytime soon, but that’s neither here nor there. For now, the important thing is that the French automaker is slowly stretching its legs, leaving behind the conservative ’label’ that they’ve been carrying for the longest time.
UPDATE 09/06/11: Peugeot has released a pair of new videos for the HX1 Concept. One is a walk-around video showing the details of the car while the other is a promo video that looks more like a product endorsement than anything else. Check out both videos by clicking the above photo.
Find out more about the Peugeot HX1 Concept after the jump
After introducing its sedan and station wagon models, Peugeot has unveiled the new 508 RXH a few months before the SUV’s official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
This new model combines a 2.0-liter HDi engine with a 38 HP electric motor for a total output of 200 HP and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. The car’s diesel-electric HYbrid4 - as found in Peugeot’s 3008 Hybrid4 - will deliver a total of 208 HP and a peak torque of 331 lbs-ft. It will be combined with a four-wheel drive system and will deliver a fuel economy of 67.2 mpg.
Peugeot has refined the 508 model by widening and raising it to create a smooth and refined SUV. It will be distinguished by LED lights that are visible during the day and night, and "give an impression of three vertical ’lion claws’. The new SUV will also feature a line of distinctive colors and luxurious materials, like the premium quality interior and upholstery.
The fancy aspect will also be covered with a range of technology outfitted for the 508 RXH. The model will be equipped with an Open & Go Keyless system, electric front seats, a head up display, 18" wheels, a panoramic glass roof, dark-tinted acoustic laminated side windows, and the latest generation audio and satellite navigation units.
The 508 RXH will be unveiled as a world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2011, and will be on sale in Spring 2012.
200 European customers will be very happy as they will have the chance to drive a limited edition Peugeot RCZ. Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the RCZ Limited Edition is painted in pearlescent white, coupled to a Nappa black leather upholstery interior.
The Limited Edition RCZ comes very well equipped with equipment such as the WIP COM 3D (and the Peugeot Emergency service), the Vision Pack (directional bi-Xenon headlamps, headlamp wash, etc.), the Nappa Leather Pack (heated electric leather seats, over-mats, etc.), the Easy Motion Pack (front and rear parking assistance, etc.), the alarm, etc.
Each units will be numbered from 1 to 200 and will be priced at 35,500 euros.
The Frankfurt Motor Show has given the creative French automaker Peugeot the opportunity to unveil the innovative BB1 concept - a "full electric vehicle that reinvents the automobile in every way: architecture, style, interior design, drive, connectivity – while all the time respecting the environment."
Despite its rather small appearance, the BB1 is only 2.5 meters long, it can accommodate up to 4 passengers. The driver takes control of the BB! in a new more upright driving position, made possible through the absence of floor pedals. The rear passengers are then seated in tandem behind the driver. On the right-hand side, front and rear passengers adopt a similar position.
The BB1 is powered by an electric motor placed inside the rear wheels, designed in association with Michelin the unit delivers 20 HP and accelerates the BB1 from 0 to 30 KPH in 2.8 seconds, and from 30-60 KPH in 4. The power needed to turn the electric motor is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack that gives the passenger car an autonomy of 120 km.
Thanks to its electric propulsion, the BB1 is an environmentally friendly vehicle emitting no loud noises outside the vehicle as well as zero emissions. The lack of pollutant emissions is due to the fact that it consumes no fossil fuels at all. However this eco-responsibility isn’t limited to just wasting gas, the BB1 is so efficient that at a standstill, the passenger compartment is continuously ventilated thanks to the solar panels placed on the roof of the vehicle.
Press release after the jump.
Looks like a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, but in fact is a Peugeot iOn set to go on sale by the end of 2010. Is a new "zero-emission" city car that will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Peugeot iOn is a four doors and four seats model, with a length of 3.48 m and a turning circle of 4.50 m. The car develops 64 bhp and a torque of 180 Nm and can hit a top speed of 130 km/h.
The lithium-ion car batteries are rechargeable in six hours using a conventional 220 V socket and have an autonomy of 130 km.
Press release after the jump.
Before the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the French automaker Peugeot has released a series of teaser images of selectively showing off the future production version of the 308 RCZ. Wit the sports car being unveiled in September, sales should be in full swing by spring of 2010.
Only 2 years after the company introduced the concept car to consumers, Peugeot has completed development on the production version of a compact 2 +2 coupe with a very strong identity suited for a modern and demanding public that has high expectations of driving pleasure.
Here’s a new reason to wish the French sold cars in the U.S. Peugeot showed up to the Frankfurt Motor Show two years ago with the 308 RC-Z, a concept coupe based on it’s 308 series of small cars. Now it’s coming back to Frankfurt this year with the production version.
Unlike many production cars, much of the concept’s lines are rumored to be unchanged. This includes elements like the dual cowl top, large rear glass area, and sweeping roofline.
The top end 308 RC-Z should come with the same 218 hp 1.6-liter engine from the concept. Pricing should start at around £20,000 (about $29K at direct current rates.) That’s not too bad considering a base Audi TT coupe with 197 hp starts at about £25,000.
Peugeot is preparing for a new fresh family of cars. And the first in this family will be the luxury coupe 504, that will be launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The design will be inspired by the 308 RC Z Concept and will be similar in size with the 407.
Mechanicals are likely to be shared with Citroen’s C5, so the car could get a powerful 2.7-litre V6 diesel and air-suspension.
Peugeot is also working on successors for the 204 and 205 in an attempt to become the leading manufacturers of low-CO2 cars.
Jean-Philippe Collin, Peugeot’s director announced at the Lisbon auto show that the 308 RC Z concept will go into production. Even if he gave no name for the model, he announced we will see the production version in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and sales will begin in 2010.
The production version will be one of the first models that will feature the CAP 2010 strategy. With an distinctive style created by "Style Peugeo" center, the model will keep the same distinct details of the 308 RC Z concept.
Based on the 308, the Peugeot 308 RC Z concept was unveiled in 2007 at the Frakfurt Auto Show, being a model with an sporty design, impressive performances, but in the same time very economical.
The 308 will be Peugeot’s fi rst vehicle with HDi hybrid technology to be marketed before the end of the decade. This vehicle strengthens the environmental impact of the 308 range and provides concrete evidence of work carried out by Peugeot in this fi eld. This demonstrator features an original body colour (pearlescent white with green overtones), and special trim and equipment to differentiate it from the production hatchback models.
The concept car Flux, designed by Mihai Panaitescu, won the 4th Peugeot design competition. The car was designed to achieve universal pleasure by adapting different lifestyle situations. The theme of this fourth competition, summed up by acronym P.L.E.A.S.E. Innovate!, has inspired creativity of web based designers throughout world, resulting in more than 4,000 projects.
A new expression of driving pleasure, the 207 SW RC combines a sporty spirit with high-quality equipment all contained in stylish design full of character, with five full-size seats. It has been designed to captivate customers who live life to the full. The 207 is the latest and third member of the 207 family, is characterised by its dynamic equipment styling.
Launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 308 hatchback will shortly be commencing its commercial career. During this international event, another body style from the “T7” project will also be unveiled, in part, in the form of the 308 SW Prologue concept car.
Peugeot unveiled the first official images of the 308, the replacement for the 307, that will be unveiled this September at Frankfurt Motor Show.
The 308 will be powered by a 2.2 four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with an output of 170 hp. Also, there will be the new 1.6 litre fuel injected engine with output between 75 and 170 HP.