Peugeot expects sales of the new 508 to be split down the middle in terms of body style but the French manufacturer is less optimistic about the split between petrol and diesel models, predicting a near whitewash with diesel sales hammering petrol sales.
The diesel powered prediction is understandable given the savings motorists can make in terms of running costs for more economical cars. While petrol engines are becoming more fuel efficient and producing less CO2, in the majority they still fall some way short of the figures returned by diesel engines.
The 508 offers an array of diesel engines with a choice of a 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre or a 2.2-litre unit. The 1.6-litre also comes e-HDI micro-hybrid technology, making it the most efficient engine in the 508 range thanks to a number of eco-technologies including Stop and Start technology.
The reductions in CO2 emissions allow the 1.6-litre e-HDI unit to fall into the lowest possible Benefit In Kind (BIK) tax band for a diesel, forcing company car owners of the 508 to pay 13 per cent in BIK, including the three per cent diesel surcharge.
That’s why Peugeot is also predicting 80 per cent of 508 sales to be taken up by fleets and business user-chooser customers.
The Peugeot 508 saloon prices start from £18,450 and the Peugeot 508 estate prices start from £19,475. Peugeot vehicles are available from Perry’s dealerships such as Aylesbury, Bolton and Portsmouth.