Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo will make it onto the road
7 December 2007

Ignore the bizarre concept forms of the new Peugeot and Citroen small commercial vehicles unveiled at this week's Bologna show, because behind the wacky paintwork are new bargain-basement compact people-carriers for both French brands.The new vehicles are being built by Tofas in Turkey as part of a joint venture between Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat. Just 150,000 will be made each year, split equally between the three companies.Peugeot sources say they expect just 20 per cent of production will be the family-friendly version, which can be specified with either single of double sliding doors, windows out back, and five seats. The Peugeot Bipper will be aimed mainly at the southern European market, where this type of spacious budget family vehicle is popular with young families. However, the few that find their way to the UK from next spring could retail for less than £9000 for an entry-level version.There will be a choice of either a 75bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine or a 70bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine. There are two transmissions, a five-speed manual and a five-speed clutchless manual with paddle shifters. The Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo will slot in below the all-new replacements for the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, which will appear early next year.

Hilton Holloway

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