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Peugeot 208

wins Car of the Year award

The “Car of the Year” award ceremony was held in exceptional conditions at Palexpo on March 2. A jury of 58 journalists elected the Peugeot 208 as Car of the Year ahead of the six other finalists. The car stood out from its competitors thanks to its exceptional choice of power trains which includes an electric version beside the traditional gasoline and diesel engine.

Once the winner was announced, Frank Janssen, President of the Jury and car journalist from the German magazine Stern, had the opportunity to talk to Jean-Philippe Imparato, the brand director of Peugeot, by video-conference. Not present on site, Imparato was able to react live to the announcement. “We are delighted that the Peugeot 208 has been honoured “Car of the Year”. It’s fantastic to be recognized by a jury of experts like the Car of the Year jury”.

 The small Peugeot, which offers a full-electric version, collected 281 points and 17 individual top votes. With 242 points and the same number of best votes, the electric car Tesla Model 3 was second, while the last place in the podium was also for an EV, the Porsche Taycan, with 222 points. The rest of the finalists for the award were the Renault Clio (211 points), Ford Puma (209), Toyota Corolla (152) and BMW 1-series (133).

Just a few days before its opening, the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 was cancelled by force majeure, the coronavirus outbreak, following an injunction of Switzerland’s Federal Council temporarily forbidding public meetings of 1,000 or more people.

The Show will certainly be back in 2021. Frank Janssen, the President of the Jury, was the conductor of the announcement and contacted by videoconference with the glad team of Peugeot managers, headed by the manufacturer’s Executive Vice-President, Jean-Philippe Imparato, “I am particularly proud that the new Peugeot 208 has just won the 2020 Car of the Year prize. This trophy underlines the excellence of the work and commitment of all the teams of Peugeot and PSA. It’s the first time that a Peugeot “2 series” has triumphed! By the way, three Peugeots “Cars of the Year” are currently on road with the 3008 and the 308 alongside the new 208.”

Peugeot has moved the new 208 upmarket in an effort to leapfrog competitors from Renault, Volkswagen and Ford in the small hatchback segment.

Part of a sequence of small hatchbacks that started in 1983 with the 205, the 208 retains the same model designation as the previous generation instead of being called the 209, a move that Peugeot says is intended to create a more consistent lineup. All Peugeot models now end in the number 8.

The 208 is one of the first PSA Group models on the CMP platform, which was designed to accommodate both internal combustion engines and electric power trains. The battery-electric e-208 will be available in early 2020.

Peugeot has simplified the internal combustion engine lineup, reducing displacement options to two from five for the outgoing car. The new 208 comes as a 1.5-liter diesel or a 1.2-liter gasoline. The 208 offers a choice of three transmissions: five- and six-speed manuals and an eight-speed automatic that can be shifted with paddles behind the steering wheel.

Certain driver assistance features are available only with the automatic. Peugeot officials say about 80 percent of buyers will opt for gasoline engines, with about 10 percent each for diesel and electric. Dimensionally, the new 208 is 80mm longer than the current version but its height has been reduced by 30mm, giving the car a more aggressive and dynamic character, Peugeot says. The extra length is most noticeable in rear-seat legroom and knee room.

IHS Markit forecasts Peugeot will produce about 266,000 208s in 2020 in Slovakia and Morocco. Last year Peugeot sold about 295,000 208s worldwide, with Europe accounting for 230,000 units. The Peugeot 208 is not yet officially available in Sri Lanka.

2020 Results:

*Peugeot 208 | 281 points

*Tesla Model 3 | 242 points

* Porsche Taycan | 222 points

* Renault Clio | 211 points

* Ford Puma | 209 points

* Toyota Corolla | 152 points

* BMW 1 Series | 133 points

Car of the Year is organized by seven major magazines in Europe: Auto in Italy, Autocar in the United Kingdom, Autopista in Spain, Autovisie in the Netherlands, L’Automobile Magazine in France, Stern in Germany and Vi Bilägare in Sweden. The 58 best reporters from 23 countries in Europe’s automotive world voted for the winner. This award is considered the most prestigious and coveted distinction in the automotive world.

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