Automotive News Europe
February 22, 2018 10:55 CET
Peugeot has given a new 508 with a “fastback” pattern to assistance a automobile contest improved in Europe’s midsize shred where volume automakers are losing sales to reward rivals.
Peugeot called a 508’s low coupe pattern “radical” and pronounced it will mangle a mold in a shred dominated by some-more conservatively styled sedans.
With a 508’s uninformed look, a French code also wants to revoke a emigration of business to SUVs.
The 508 gets an superb interior with upscale facilities such as a full pellet leather embellished steering wheel, a 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.
Its reserve apparatus includes a night prophesy complement that uses an infrared camera to detect pedestrians in a dim and in reduced visibility.
The 508 will be accessible to sequence in a summer after a entrance during a Geneva automobile uncover on Mar 6. It will be accessible with 6 gasoline and diesel engines with 130 hp to 225hp. A plug-in hybrid is approaching to launch subsequent year.
The 508 will go adult opposite volume midsize sedans such as a Volkswagen Passat, Opel Insignia and Ford Mondeo though also reward rivals including a Mercedes C class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 series. Sales of reward midsize cars were aloft than those of mass-market models in Europe final year.
European sales of volume midsize cars fell 12 percent to 564,246 in 2017, according to JATO Dynamics marketplace researchers. The Passat led a shred with a volume of 184,655, down 12 percent. The 508 was a No. 8 seller with sales down 39 percent to 22,791.
Sales of reward midsize cars declined by 5.5 percent to 572,543. The C category led a shred with a volume of 153,500, adult 2.3 percent.
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