Peugeot 208 to steal limelight in Rio show

Peugeot has chosen Rio de Janeiro for its Motion and Emotion show which is set to show off new technology from the French manufacturer.

A well as displaying loads of new technology the event will more specifically demonstrate the innovation behind the new Peugeot 208 model.

The new Peugeot 208 is a stylish supermini which is set to replace the ageing 207 model and add a bit more style to the range, which is especially important in the current supermini market with the likes of the Citroen DS3.

Its design is largely based on the Peugeot 308 hatchback and includes a similar exterior, though the new 208 has more of a sportier appeal with things like impressions on its bonnet and a ‘floating grille’.

But in terms of new technology the 208 offers a new e-HDI micro-hybrid system. This system is basically a more sophisticated version of Stop and Start technology.

An electric motor works hand in hand with the diesel engine so when the car is idling in-car features like air conditioning, which are powered by the electric motor alone.

The electric boost helps the 208 return improved CO2 emissions of just 87g/km. These low emissions spell overall good news as fuel costs and taxes are lower for the 208 model.

The new Peugeot 208 will be launched in the UK in summer 2012. Peugeot vehicles are available from Perry’s dealerships such as Milton Keynes, Bolton and Portsmouth.