Friday, September 17, 2021

New Peugeot 3008 PHEV Review

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The Peugeot 3008 was first showcased mid 2005, and unlike this latest SUV it didn't have what you called a direction, meaning it was part MPV, part car and part SUV.
 
This latest model was released at the end of 2020, it's powered by a 1.6 engine and an electric motor and it features the latest design language from Peugeot as well as tech, safety and all manner of things.
 
This model is in the Allure trim and features the new frameless grille and decluttered front as well as other styling additions, it takes a few of it's design queues from the fantastic 508, including LED Lion's tooth daytime running lights and Lion claw rear lenses too.
 
There are a number of trims to chooses from as well as a number of options including Panoramic, Tow bar even adaptive cruise control.
 
Whilst driving this Type 2 PHEV Ben achieved 155mpg, Peugeot claims this vehicle will return upto 250mpg and if you're wondering the key to economy is to keep the PHEV charged, it offers 30 or so miles of EV range, it's a comfortable, spacious and versatile vehicle and it costs just over £32k.
 
Fancy something a touch quicker? then there is also a 4x4 PHEV too with run 0-60 in around 5s, this is still a respectable 8s or so.
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Peugeot history

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A brief Peugeot history

The lion goes from strength to strength

The histories of the Peugeot family and of the company are directly linked to one region of Eastern France, Montbeliard. The Lion, the emblem of the make, is also on the coat of arms of Franche-Comté, the birthplace of the family. Peugeot is an industrial adventure, but also a human one. It is the story of a family that was able to adapt to the changes of each age, while retaining a strong social conscience: Savings bank, Mutual help organization; free treatment, insurance, hospitals, schools, a pension system, a 10 hour day, 33 years before it was law.
 
From the first tricycles to the latest models, the firm with Lion brand rapidly became one of the leading French manufacturers, before entering the international market.
1885 to 1935
 
In 1885 Armand Peugeot sets up bicycle manufacture at the Beaulieu plant. He exhibits the first steam-powered tricycle at the 1889 Paris World Exhibition. That makes the company one of the pioneers of the automobile. The following year Peugeot abandoned steam in favor of petrol.
 
In 1896 a new company was set up, “Société des Automobiles Peugeot”, devoted exclusively to automobile manufacture. At the same time, the “Sons of Peugeot Bros” company continued its traditional activities: tools, bicycles and shortly motorcycles, and between 1905 and 1915 a range of light vans called “Lion”.
 
In 1910 the two firms merged under the name "Société Anonyme des Automobiles et Cycles Peugeot". The family then attacked the nascent automobile market.
 
The aerodynamic design, the symbol of an entire epoch, would influence car design until World War II, it culminated in the launch of the 402 in 1935.
 
In 1960 Peugeot changed from being a specialist to a generalist: the production of classic sedans and small models. In 1974 the Peugeot Group acquired control of Citroen. The acquisition of the chevron brand was completed in 1976, giving birth to an automobile group with two distinct makes.
 
The second oil crisis in 1978 caused a crisis in the automobile industry, following three decades of growth. Peugeot decided to adapt itself without delay to an environment that had profoundly changed. This involved ensuring the long-term survival of the business, and maintaining its independence. Taking over the European subsidiaries of Chrysler and the Talbot adventure shook the company’s solidity at the beginning of the 1980’s. The success of the 205 and a major restructuring of the organization put Peugeot back on the road to success.
 
1997 marks the start of a major industrial reorganization, with the adoption of a platform policy and shared industrial tools at Peugeot-Citroen. Each brand retained its name, personality and sales network. That was the beginning of a vast exercise in rejuvenating the range, starting with the 206, followed by the 607, then the 307, 407 and most recently the Peugeot 2008, and their supercar the Onyx.
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