Peugeot: the world’s most beautiful cars?

Peugeot is continually making a name for itself in terms of style and innovation but a ‘most beautiful’ award for its HX1 concept was unexpected.

The large, executive HX1 concept was honoured at the Festival Automobile International, an event at which manufacturers show off models and new innovative ideas.

After wooing bystanders the HX1 concept was awarded the ‘most beautiful concept car’ of 2011 by brushing off competition from the new Land Rover DC100 concept, the car that will eventually become the next Land Rover Defender.

Although the HX1 concept did steel the limelight in the show, the new Peugeot 208 hatchback did come close in the shortlist of nominees for the most beautiful car award, despite going up against the likes of super cars and performance based sport cars.

The new HX1 concept definitely raises the bar in terms of style as it features an ultra streamlined body with impressions on its doors and bonnet. Its headlights are like nothing Peugeot has ever produced as they incorporate a knife-like design which point toward its wide front grille.

It also features a unique door design which see’s its front and rear doors lift up and away from each other like a beetles wings to reveal a missing b-pillar in-between.

The HX1 concept also features some clever technology such as a diesel-hybrid drivetrain which includes a 2.2-litre (299hp) diesel engine and an electric motor powered by a battery. It returns up to 88.2mpg and emits just 83g/km of CO2 emissions.

This innovative drivetrain is similar to the technology used in the new Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, the world’s first diesel-hybrid car.

Peugeot vehicles are available from Perry’s dealership such as Bolton and Milton Keynes.