Peugeot 308 First Generation
|Assembly||Sochaux, France Mulhouse, France Wuhan, China Villa Bosch, Argentina Kaluga, Russia Jakarta, Indonesia (Gaya Motor) (2008-2011)|
|Class||British: Small family car European: C-segment|
|Body style||3-door hatchback 4-door sedan 5-door hatchback 5-door station wagon 2-door coupé cabriolet|
|Engine||1.4L Prince I4 petrol 1.6L Prince I4 petrol 1.6L Prince Turbo I4 petrol 1.6L DV6ATED4 I4 diesel 1.6L DV6TED4 I4 diesel 2.0L DW10B I4 diesel|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic 6-speed semi automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm (102.8 in)|
|Length||4,276 mm (168.3 in)|
|Width||1,815 mm (71.5 in)|
|Height||1,498 mm (59.0 in)|
|Related||Peugeot 307 Peugeot 408 Peugeot 3008 Peugeot 5008 Peugeot RCZ Peugeot Partner Citroën C4 Citroën C4 Picasso Citroën Berlingo|
The Peugeot 308 is a small family car (C-segment in Europe) produced by the French car manufacturer Peugeot. It was unveiled on June 5, 2007 and sales started from September 2007. Its development code was "Project T7",and is the first car of the X08 generation of Peugeot models. The 308 features a range of petrol and diesel engine options. In March 2011, the 308 received a facelift and it premiered at the Geneva Motor Show.
Launched as the replacement for the Peugeot 307 in most international markets, the new vehicle was based upon the old 307’s chassis, but has new bodywork and is slightly longer and wider. Its coefficient of drag is 0.29, and it has a five-star Euro NCAP rating. Following the 2011 facelift, the drag-factor was reduced to 0.28.
The 308 HDi holds the Guinness world record of the most fuel-efficient mainstream car currently in production, having averaged 3.13 litres per 100 kilometres (90.2 mpg-imp; 75.1 mpg-US) over a distance of 14,580 km (9,060 mi), but Peugeot ran foul of British advertising rules by claiming 126 mpg-imp (2.24 L/100 km; 105 mpg-US) in an advert for the car.
The 308 is manufactured in France at the Mulhouse and Sochaux factories. It is also manufactured in Kaluga, Russia for the local market since 2010 and El Palomar, Argentina, for the South American market since 2012. The 307 remains in production for several countries, especially those that prefer saloon bodies such as Brazil and China.
The 308 is available as a 5-door hatchback, with a 3-door limited to a few markets. In 2010, Peugeot announced the return of a GTI model (known as the GT in the UK), featuring a turbocharged 1.6 L engine with 200 bhp (149 kW; 203 PS).
A station wagon concept version of the 308, the Peugeot 308 SW Prologue, was also unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.The production version was shown at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show in March 2008 and went on sale that summer. The 308 SW (or 308 Touring in Australia) is available in a 5 or 7 seat versions.
A further variation of the X08 chassis used by the 308 is an SUV or an MPV named 3008.
A cabriolet with a retractable hardtop known as the 308 CC replaced the Peugeot 307 CC in the spring of 2009. The roof folds into the boot in 20 seconds, and at up to speeds of 7.5 mph (12.1 km/h). With the roof up the boot space capacity is 465 litres but this reduces to 266-litres with the roof down.
In September 2011 Peugeot has presented for the Chinese market a four-door sedan version of the 308.This version produced for the Chinese market by Dongfeng is based on 308 facelift but differs from the European Model, with large front grille, more chrome on the hips and different shape of the LED tail lights. The interior is identical to the European model. The engine range includes two petrol 1.6 16V 110 hp and 143 hp 2.0 16V. The trunk has a volume of 502 liters. The 308 sedan joins the 408 in China, characterized by a slightly higher price.
A facelifted 308 was released in May 2011 following the public launch at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with a new front end and minor changes to the rear of the vehicle. Peugeot also launched the 308 e-HDI micro-hybrid model with stop-start technology, a system to recover energy during deceleration and a hybrid battery that delivers additional energy on start-up. A full hybrid 3008 was also announced at the same time. The version produced in South America is assembled with this facelift.
The facelift was also given to 308 SW and 308 CC.