Surge in Peugeot 207 sales as 208 draws near

The Peugeot 207 may be on the verge of being replaced by the all-new 208, but that has not stopped it entering the top ten best-selling cars of 2012.

January figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the Peugeot 207 supermini is enjoying a final burst of popularity before a new model is launched to replace it.

The Peugeot 207, available in three-door and five-door hatchback body style, has been a popular model in the UK since it was launched in 207.

Designed as a frugal and cheap-to-run small hatchback, the Peugeot 207 was also praised for its stylish design. Its popularity in the UK led to it becoming the sixth best-selling car of 2007.

In total 2,364 Peugeot 207s were sold in the UK in January, according to the figures, making it the most popular model in Peugeot’s range.

Peugeot enjoyed an increase in sales of six per cent in January 2012 compared to the same month in 2011 and the success has been put down to its popular Just Add Fuel campaign.

The scheme is designed to group insurance, servicing, road tax and roadside assistance into a single monthly payment – all the driver has to do it pay for the fuel they use.

The simplicity of the scheme, which is available on all Peugeot models including the 207, has proved popular with UK buyers in recent months as economic conditions leads to more downsizing in favour of frugal, low-cost small cars.

The Peugeot 207 will be replaced by the new Peugeot 208 with the first models arriving at Peugeot UK dealerships in June 2012. The new model comes with a new design inspired by the stunning Peugeot RCZ coupe as well as a new interior and even more frugal engines.

The new 2012 Peugeot 208 comes with a sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions-version for the first time, leading to no road tax in the UK.

It also comes with more equipment and a bigger boot than its predecessor. New Peugeot 208 prices will be revealed closer to the launch date.