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2018 Paris Motor Show: Peugeot 504 Coupe reincarnated as the autonomous, all-electric e-Legend Concept

Quite a number of cars have already reached an iconic status due to many reasons. One of these icons is the Peugeot 504 Coupe that was born in late 1960s. Around half a century forward to this year, the French carmaker is introducing the new Peugeot e-Legend Concept, which will be unveiled in metal at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

According to Peugeot, the new e-Legend Concept represents a future of driving pleasure, in the guise of an iconic vehicle. In its case, the e-Legend Concept is a modern reincarnation of the Peugeot 504 Coupe. In shape and form, it is easy to see that the spirit of the 504 Coupe is living anew in the e-Legend Concept, which features a realistic yet radically modern template.

The new Peugeot e-Legend Concept is both the brand’s technological manifesto and vision into future. After all, Peugeot is seeing future mobility as one that is both electric and autonomous. With the e-Legend Concept, Peugeot is saying that such future won't be boring and can bring stronger sensations.

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Peugeot Rifter 4x4 Concept is perfect for the adventurer with its all-terrain wheels, roof tent

Peugeot literally had just released their newest van, the family friendly Rifter, and a couple of hours later, they already have a concept version of it, which is the so called Rifter 4x4 Concept that they have designed to “explore large spaces” and adventures on any type of terrain.

What I have just mentioned isn’t hype. As proof, the all wheel drive was developed together with Dangel. This has a higher suspension compared to the standard model with 80 mm of additional ground clearance. The central console also has a selector where the driver could choose which of the three AWD drive modes he wants to pick.

There’s a 2RM with only front driving wheels for more efficiency, 4RM for when you want the power to be taken exclusively to the rear wheels, which could work on drifting, and last is a Lock mode where the rear axle is locked for maximum traction in extreme conditions.

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9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.

Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.

You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.

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You can now race with your very own Peugeot 308 Cup

Not everybody can get their hands on a race car, most especially if they are not a licensed race car driver. But there is one race car out there that anyone can buy: the Peugeot 308 Cup.

Peugeot is notorious for building insane race cars, and they have gained championships in almost every field of motorsport - from Dakar to Le Mans, and many more in between. Group B may be somewhat hard to reach, but if you can give some extra cash to Peugeot, they can give you something that might interest you.

You can have the Peugeot 308 Cup that I was telling you about earlier, as part of your collection, a track toy, or you can even use it to join racing events all over the world. And there are hundreds of tracks you can choose from including the VLN at the Nordschleife and the TCR series.

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The primary suggestion of a 4x4 ute from French company Peugeot was first revealed in 2016. Fifteen months later, the production version is launched. Now, Peugeot is not shying away from keeping it simple with its newest member of the family, a pickup truck called simply and appropriately the "Pick Up".

The French marque added a brand new pickup to their line-up after a 3-year break following the axing of the 207-based Hoggar. The coupe utility was produced for South American market, but the brand new "Pick Up" will be produced exclusively for the African Market and will basically be the French company's variant of the Zhengzhou Nissan Auto (ZNA) Rich New.

The new model is the Dongfeng-produced pickup truck closely based on a 1st-gen Frontier/Navara (D22) previously unveiled in the year 1997. The latest Pick-Up's origin is easily spotted, as the modifications are restricted to the altered grille and slightly enhanced graphics of both the headlights and the taillights.

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After Peugeot 308’s sole image was revealed a few weeks ago, the French marque is now sharing more information about its new five-door hatchback. The diesel-powered 308 GT will be receiving a new 8-speed automatic gearbox plus minor tweaks inside and out according to the latest update.

Considering the “new facelift”, this is also the most understated exterior makeover we’ve seen on a Peugeot in recent years. The changes on the LED lights are not very noticeable but the redesigned hood somehow makes up for the lack of novelty. There’s a new bumper design on top of that which is visible enough along with its slightly modified vents and new fog lamps.

Unlike what we expect, the most significant element of this new update goes under the hood. Peugeot discloses there will be a new 180-hp diesel variant of the 308 GT and that it will feature a special 8-speed automatic transmission. Developed in collaboration with Aisin, this new gearbox will provide the 5-door hatch with a smoother and more efficient response as compared to the former 6-speed variety.

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Self-driving sports utility vehicles from Peugeot may soon hit the roads as part of a project to test fully autonomous vehicles. The French carmaker has entered into a strategic partnership with nuTonomy – a self-driving car startup that had been formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013 – to have the Cambridge-based company install and implement its self-driving technology into Peugeot’s 3008 SUV.

Once nuTonomy’s software system has been fully installed into the Peugeot 3008 SUV, the partners will commence on-road testing of the self-driving vehicle in Singapore. The partnership is eyeing – ultimately -- to deploy thousands of fully autonomous cars in cities around the world.

As agreed, the initial phase of the partnership will entail nuTonomy having to seamlessly integrate its autonomous vehicle (AV) system – including its software, specialized sensors and computing platforms -- into the Peugeot 3008 SUVs. The partners consider the seamless integration of the AV system with vehicle hardware as a critical step toward deploying self-driving vehicle in large numbers and over extended life cycles.

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Those familiar with the auto industry know that when it comes to having the fastest vehicle on the market, Peugeot is likely not going to be at the top of that list. However, when it comes to motorsports, it is where the brand excels. The brand for instance has managed to rack up a number of wins in various races, particularly in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With reports coming in that Peugeot is set for a comeback, fans are more than excited.

It does not mean though that fans get nothing while waiting as Behance designers Yung Presciutti and Monholo Oumar revealed how they thought a futuristic race car of Peugeot would look like. Looking at the design alone, one can clearly say it is exceptional. Nicknamed as the 905_e, the designers show different versions, all of which appear to be apt for racing. Their 905_e version is so remarkable than when compared to the Vision Gran Turismo that Peugeot is actually releasing, the latter becomes dull in comparison.

That being said, it will be a different story when Peugeot does make a return to the celebrated endurance race. It was in late March of this year when the brand said it was looking into the possibility of joining the Le Mans 24 Hours. Peugeot however added that it will only do so if the costs of joining the race decrease. In an interview held during this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot Jean-Philippe Imparato said that the brand set three conditions it needed to meet in order to make a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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PSA Group - the French automotive manufacturer who gave us Peugeots and Citroens automobiles, is seeking to establish a stronghold to the US Market, and naming the former TrueCar and Nissan Exec Larry Dominique to lead its conquest.

There has been several news in the past that mentions PSA Group's plan of expanding to the US, but it seems this time, it is for real. PSA's affinity for the US all started around 1960 when the Peugeot 404 sedan was made available to the public, and was followed by 504. The last vehicles that Peugeot released in the US were the squared styled, rear wheel drive 505 saloon and its wagon counterpart, and the front wheel drive 405 that has been made in both body styles.

Citroen also departed from USA as early as 1974, with chosen automobiles being shipped via specialist importers. The last offering of PSA Group is the DS Automobiles which is viewed as the store version of Citroen, a Lexus/Infiniti-ish offering that ranges from city hatches to midsize cars. Only recently, PSA obtained Opel- another auto manufacturer who has been long gone from US.

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PSA seems very confident about conquering the world. The purchase of Opel/Vauxhall for €2.2 billion ($2.3B) from General Motors makes PSA the second largest car company, just behind the Volkswagen Group, but taking over Renault-Nissan’s spot.

Jean-Philippe Peugeot, a family shareholder of PSA, said that they have already discussed a potential acquisition of Opel back in 2012, as early as when the General Motors made a deal with the French company. However, it was not the right time for the marriage of both companies so they waited until this year to announce their plan to the public. He also added in his interview with a German newspaper that PSA wants to go global in the coming years. Thus, the goal was set to “conquer the rest of the world step by step”.

The acquisition includes: Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, the brands they carry, assembly and component manufacturing facilities, an engineering center in Deutschland, and all their employees. Now that Opel is part of the PSA group. It is a big help for the company’s plan to achieve important economies of scale, and this means manufacturing at least three million cars for a core market. Robert Peugeot (Chairman of the PSA Group’s strategy committee) further explained himself and said that “all large carmakers have a volume of three million cars in one important market.

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Now, it has been signed. Discussions over the possible acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors by the PSA Group have finally reached a conclusion. The parties, including international banking group BNP, have finally inked an agreement in which GM is selling both its automotive and financial operations in Europe for a whopping EUR2.2 billion (around $2.33 billion).

According to the terms of the agreement, PSA will be acquiring Opel and Vauxhall – GM’s automotive operations in Europe – for EUR1.3 billion (around $1.38 billion). PSA and BNP Paribas are forming a 50-50 joint venture to acquire the European operations of GM Financial at 0.8 times of its pro forma book value or around EUR900 million (around $953 million). Thus, the transaction – the sale of Opel/Vauxhall automotive operations and GM Financial’s entire European operations – has a total value of EUR2.2 billion.

PSA’s share of the entire transaction -- Opel/Vauxhall and half of GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the French group around EUR1.75 billion (around $1.85 billion). BNP Paribas’ share of the transaction – 50 percent GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the banking group around EUR450 million (around $476 million).

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Peugeot officially revealed the Instinct Concept and once again provided evidence why it has a perpetual place at the top when it comes to concepts.

While the Instinct does have an eye-catching design, it serves more than that as the way the body was formed makes it clear that the goal was to make it aerodynamic for the fuel efficiency to be maximized. Rather than utilize standard mirrors, this concept car instead makes use of cameras. In fact, there are even additional cameras that have been placed within its headlights, which use light-emitting diodes, and thus allow it to check the road ahead. Any information gathered are then sent to the different assistance systems and even the safety systems. Since the Instinct is completely autonomous, the driver can decide when to take control of this vehicle.

On the inside, one will observe that are few physical controls with the whole interior having that hi-tech feel. For instance, in the center console’s middle is a 9.7-inch display that has touchscreen capabilities. This is in line with the vision of Peugeot’s when it comes to the i-Cockpit. It offers two modes with the first being “Autonomous” and the second mode which is “Drive.”

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It looks like Opel/Vauxhall will have a new owner soon. This comes as the PSA Group and General Motors are currently holding talks over the possibility of GM selling its Opel unit to the French carmaker.

The discussions were first reported by Reuters and Bloomberg News, citing sources. In a recent statement, GM confirmed that the two carmakers are exploring several strategic initiatives with the objective of improving profitability as well as operational efficiency. GM added that the discussions included a potential acquisition of Opel Vauxhall by the PSA Group. GM also noted that the carmakers have been in alliance since 2012, with the partnership covering three projects in Europe.

Selling Opel to the PSA Group wouldn’t be an easy thing to do for GM. There are quite a number of financial, industrial and political considerations that needed to be factored in. That said, both GM and PSA could also earn some benefits from such transaction.

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Are auto shows becoming more irrelevant in this digital age? If you ask the marketing director of French carmaker Peugeot, Guillaume Couzy, the answer could be yes. This comes as Couzy disclosed that the Peugeot would not be taking part in the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for September next year. To note, Peugeot participated in the previous edition of the auto show, unveiling several remarkable vehicles in the process.

Missing an auto show could mean loss of several opportunities for a carmaker. Carmakers are usually selective in which auto shows they would want to take part in. Auto shows serve as good marketing tools to introduce upcoming and new products as well as to excite customers about future and possible offerings. Thus, if a European carmaker wants to market a certain SUV in the United States, it could unveil its new vehicle in the New York Auto Show or in the Detroit Motor Show.

Likewise, if a Japanese carmaker wants to make it big in Germany or France, it could showcase its offerings in the auto shows in Frankfurt or Paris. Automotive press and journalists attending these events offer wide coverage and reach. Thus, missing an important auto event like the Frankfurt Auto Show could result to lesser coverage, and ultimately lower sales.

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After Citroen C-Elysee revealed its new facelift a few weeks ago, the Peugeot 301 apparently had its own makeover done too. Well, the French company armed its most affordable model with refreshing features in time for 2017. As a matter of fact, Peugeot will be producing the enhanced version of the 301 sedan in Vigo, Spain. For those who didn’t know yet, this is also where Citroen C-Elysee had its facelift. Okay, so this is not a coincidence.

All things considered, what we see on the restyled Peugeot sedan are mostly what anyone would expect after an extreme makeover. By incorporating the brand’s irresistible styling cues, the front end now looks way different from the current model. The refreshed 301 now features a new bumper with LED daytime running lamps, tinted headlights and new radiator grille with chrome accents. Added at the rear are the new tail lamps with 3D design. But that’s just to name a few.

For its interiors, the 301 now has a new infotainment system complete with a 7-inch touch screen for its monitor. The same touch screen can also emulate what’s on the owner’s smartphone device with the use of Mirror Screen’s triple play connectivity. In addition, Peugeot now offers the new model with 3D TomTom navigation system plus a reversible camera for more options.

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Around a hundred years ago, on May 30, 1916, a Peugeot L45 piloted by Dario Resta emerged victorious at the Indianapolis 500 race, cruising at an average speed of 135 km/h. It was one of the three wins that Peugeot and the "Charlatans" team carved on the Indy 500 speedway between 1913 and 1919. Now, the sports car maker is unwrapping a futuristic interpretation of this winning spirit as a tribute to those victories – the new Peugeot L500 R Hybrid. Featuring an asphalt-hugging body, a wide track, a low profile of just one meter in height, and a weight of only 1,000 kg, the new Peugeot L500 R HYbrid is definitely built to perform.

It is powered by a plug-in hybrid petrol powertrain developed by Peugeot Sport teams. This hybrid powertrain employs two electric motors - one on the front and another on the rear – and a 270 hp petrol engine with a total output of 500 bhp and peak torque of 730 Nm. This powertrain is enough to make the Peugeot L500 R HYbrid accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and reach a kilometer in just 19 seconds.

In terms of styling, the Peugeot L500 R Hybrid features sleek lines flowing from the lion badge on the radiator grille towards the driver, and then in a streamlined rear feature. On the rear, these lines highlight the three unique rear lamp claws that now serve as part of the brand’s current design.

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Right after what has been dubbed as the “Dieselgate scandal”, car sales have been rough for German automaker Volkswagen. Good thing they have their scrumptious fallback – the Volkswagen Currywurst. Manufactured for over forty years within the car’s manufacturing plant, this Volkswagen-made sausage is now its saving grace.

Volkswagen has sold more than 7.2 million sausages in 2015, better than the 5.82 million cars sold on the same year. It’s funny to think that this famous German automaker is now holding on to dear life through its famous currywurst.

A bit of a twist of fate, don’t you think? Contrary to popular belief, Volkswagen is not the only automaker to have ventured beyond its car manufacturing plants.

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Peugeot 908 RC is a sports car which gets its power from a Peugeot V12 HDi DPFS engine. ‘RC’ denotes the car’s sporting appeal and links to the RC concept cars which made their first appearance for Honda in 2002 and as such, had heavily influenced the design and feel of the 908.

The impetus behind the design was to produce a luxurious vehicle that offered charm and sophistication. This four door vehicle is both practical and impressive, offering comfort with its design as well as environmental protection. Powered by a diesel particulate filter system engine, the V12 HDi DPFS was designed with the Le Mans Race Series programme (2007) in mind.

With a 5.5 litre capacity, a top power output of over 515 kW, and outstanding torque greater than 1,200 Nm, it certainly lives up to its racing potential. This is in part achieved due to the engine’s low centre of gravity. Using a 100-degree V shaped angle, the engine sits low on the ground maximising aerodynamics and grip control.

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The PEUGEOT 2008 first rolled out in the automotive market in 2013 and instantly became a hit, especially to British customers. The buyers liked the idea of elegance and dynamic performance integrated into one spectacular vehicle. Since then, sales volume has been consistently blooming. Over 500,000 units have already been produced globally. In Europe, the success is demonstrated by a firmly established podium place in the segment.

About 40,000 units have been sold in the United Kingdom (UK) alone since its arrival in 2013. Today, the PEUGEOT 2008 is taking on a more elaborate and appealing SUV design. Built for everyday use, the PEUGEOT 2008 comes with wheel arch extensions (from Allure level), scuff plates (from Allure level), and new vertical front grille. The new Ultimate Red color further states the boldness of the PEUGEOT 2008.

The all-new 'GT Line' model complements the Access, Active, and Allure levels. The trim level has always been a top choice on other PEUGEOT models such as the 208, 308, and 508. It boasts an athletic theme matched with red or black colored features. The compact SUV offers unparalleled performance and unique driving experience. Its sharp styling signifies its new strength and character and increases the vehicle's robustness and delivery.

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PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota Motor Europe have unveiled the products of their cooperation deal inked in 2012 – the new Citroën SpaceTourer, Peugeot Traveller, and Toyota ProAce. The unveiling serves as the continuation of the carmakers' 2012 cooperation agreement signed in 2012.

They had agreed at the start of their cooperation that both would collaborate on next generation vehicles until beyond the end of the decade.

Their collaboration is aimed at making both PSA and Toyota come up with a competitive product in the mid-size, light commercial vehicle, shuttle and Combi segments while incurring lesser expenses due to development and production cost optimization.

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