New Peugeot 208 boosts October sales

Peugeot defied a slump in the European car market to register the European figures, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Peugeot sold 6,888 cars in the UK in October and 88,000 in the year to-date. This is more than the likes of Toyota, Mazda, Citroen, Kia and Renault.

Much of the brand’s success is down to the new Peugeot 208 and backed by the impressive ‘Let Your Body Drive’ advertising campaign.

Touted as the best small car to be built by Peugeot for a decade, the 208 uses an all-new design which has not only given the car a more modern look but has also drastically cut the car’s weight.

This helps the engines, of which there most notable is the introduction of a 1.0-litre petrol engine offering road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions.

The three- or five-door supermini is the brand’s main rival to the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa and is expected to be one of the best-selling small cars of 2012.

Peugeot 208 prices start from under £10,000 and rise to as much as £18,500 for a range-topping, equipment-packed model.

It is joined by the Peugeot RCZ update for 2012 which sees the car get a new, better-looking front end and an upgraded 2.0-litre diesel engine offering 163bhp but with the same running costs as the previous, lower-powered variation.

The new Peugeot RCZ is a 2+2 coupe set to go up against the Audi TT coupe but prices for the Peugeot car start from just £21,210.

Both Peugeot cars are available to buy now from Perrys Peugeot dealerships.