Live from the Paris Motor Show Part 1
Peugeot have unveiled their HR1 Concept car.
It’s only a concept for now but it’s got styling cues pointing to the look of the replacement for the current 207, due for replacement in 2012. Under the bonnet is also a new engine that will feature in that car: a 1.2-litre three-cylinder that puts out 110bhp. However, in the HR1 it’s part of a petrol-electric hybrid set-up and as such manages 80g/km with a combined power output of 147bhp. While it’s still not clear if hybrid will feature in the 2012 207 replacement, the three-cylinder petrol engine certainly will.
Peugeot is also pushing its Ion electric car, effectively a rebadged Mitsubishi i-Miev, though no one with a Peugeot nametag would say such a thing. While there’s no confirmed arrival date for Ireland, the French brand is launching the car in France and the UK, where they’ve taken a different strategy to the likes of Nissan and Mitsubishi in leasing the car. Prices are steep, with a monthly payment of £415 plus VAT per month for four years in Britain, but they’re quick to point out that the savings on running costs need to be factored in when considering the deal. At a cost of £2.50 to fully charge for 180kms, the French firm claims the savings on fuel along with tax incentives make it a viable proposition for fleet buyers in urban areas.
In reality there is little expectation of leasing deals with private buyers. For them Peugeot believes the answer is not electric for now, but diesel hybrid. The new 3008 diesel hybrid has emissions of 99g/km, which is impressive given the size and stature of the car, not to mention it’s a four-wheel-drive. It will be February 2012 before it arrives in Ireland, followed on by diesel hybrid versions of the new 508 and RCZ sports coupe.
We have just seen the reveal of the Peugeot 508. The new car arrives in Ireland at the end of April, with a starting price of around €25,000. The main bulk of the sales will come from the 110hp 1.6 HDi. The generously-sized 508 continues the obvious step-up in quality from the French firm.
8.50AM Toyota’s press conference has just started – they have explained that despite their difficulties this year that sales have been strong with 800,000 units sold. They are just unveiling the new Verso-S, a compact MPV. The new car will have Band A emissions of 119g/km for the 1.4 D-4D and will go on sale in February.
Opel has started the ball rolling at the Paris Motor Show with the unveiling of the concept GTC Paris and the premiere of the new station wagon version of the Astra, the Sports Tourer. “We are progressing swiftly with our growth plan. Today we have the best product portfolio ever. And we’re just getting started,” Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly said at the company’s press conference at the Opel stand. The Astra GTC is expected to be very close to the car we see here and this will add to the 200,000 units of 5-door Astra that Opel has already sold across Europe. A second highlight of the show is the Astra Sports Tourer, which is a pretty-looking estate that has load capacity of 1550 litres.