The new Peugeot hatchback replaced the Peugeot 307, which in turn replaced the 306 as part of Peugeot’s naming structure.
However, Peugeot has revealed this will now change and the next generation Peugeot small family car will keep the 308 name instead of rising to ‘309’.
The policy will be the same for all cars, meaning the successor to the Peugeot 106 and 107 will be named the Peugeot 108 when it arrives in the UK.
Similarly, the new Peugeot 208, the new Fiesta-rival from the French brand, will be called the Peugeot 208 in future generations.
The only cars to be different will be the ‘taller’ Peugeot cars such as the Peugeot 3008 crossover and Peugeot 5008 people carrier, which use an extra ‘0’ to denote their spacious dimensions.
However, the Peugeot RCZ, the stylish coupe launched in 2010, will remain the only car to dispense with the ‘0’ structure.
A Peugeot spokesperson said: “From now on, Peugeot models will no longer change their number when they are renewed. Permanently fixing the numbers will simplify the understanding of the range and assist in establishing it further.”
The latest range of new Peugeot cars include the new Peugeot 208 supermini and the larger Peugeot 308.
Both cars have been upgraded for 2012 with the introduction of a new front end, an upmarket interior and new equipment.
A series of new, frugal engines have also been introduced to the Peugeot range, including road tax-free petrol and diesel options.
The new Peugeot range is on sale now at Perrys Peugeot dealerships.