The Peugot 308 is a small family car manufactured by Peugot. This vehicle was first introduced to the public in June of 2007 and went on sale in September of that year. The development code for the 308 was “Project T7” and it is the first vehicle in the X08 generation model line. This car features a variety of petrol and diesel engines. In 2011 this car received a facelift and was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The second generation model of this car was introduced to the public in 2013 and received the 2014 Car of the Year award in Europe.
The first generation of the 308 was launched as a replacement for the 307 model in a majority of international markets and had a design that was heavily influenced by the 307’s chassis, but with all new bodywork as well as a slightly longer and wider frame. The 308 HD currently holds the Guinness world record for most fuel-efficient mainstream car currently in production, averaging a total of 3.13 liter per 100 kilometers or 75 mpg. This vehicle is manufactured in France at the Mulhouse and Sochaux factories as well as in Kaluga, Russia.
This car is available in a variety of style types, including the 5-door hatchback. The GTI model of this vehicle uses a 1.6 liter engine with 200 bhp or 203 PS. The Estate version of the 308 is a station wagon concept vehicle which was also called the Peugot 308 SW Prologue, and was first introduced in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The production version of this vehicle went on display at the 8th International Geneva Motor Show in 2008 as well. This version of the 308 is available in 5 or 7 seat version.
The Cabriolet, which has a retractable hardtop, and is called the 308 CC, effectively replaced the 307 CC in Spring of 2009. The roof of this car folds into the boot in just twenty seconds and can reach speeds of up to 7.5 mph. The total boot space capacity of this vehicle with the roof rolled up is 465 liters, though there is only a total of 266 liters available when it is down. The Peugot 308 sedan was launched in September of 2011 and is available as a 4-door sedan in the Chinese market. This Chinese-marketed version of the 308 has a design which is based off the 308 facelift but is completely different from the European model.
In 2011 the Peugot 308 received a significant facelift and was displayed for the public to see in May of 2011 after the public launch at the Geneva Motor Show that same year. This newly facelifted vehicle has a new front end as well as some changes to the mirror and rear of the vehicle. A new 308 e-HDI micro-hybrid version of this vehicle was also produced and it utilizes stop-start technology which is a system that is design to recover energy during deceleration as well as a hybrid battery that delivers additional energy upon startup.
The Peugot 308 has won a number of awards, including the Goldene Lenrad in Germany in 2007. A panel of professionals from the automotive industry selected this vehicle as the best compact family car after it finished in first place with nine of the fifteen criteria met. This car was also awarded the Car of the Year in Europe, beating out the BMW i3 as well as the Testla Model S. Overall, the 308 is definitely an innovative vehicle with lots of interesting features and has a lot going for it as a whole.