But bustle-backed version of the 308 is for China only
25 January 2010

This is the Peugeot 408, which was unveiled at the Beijing motor show last weekend.

However, it breaks with tradition by not being a direct replacement for the 407 repmobile familiar on Britain’s roads.

See the Peugeot 408 photos

Instead it’s an extended-wheelbase, bustle-back version of the 308 hatchback, earmarked for the Chinese market where customers demand four-door saloons with separate boots and plenty of space for rear passengers.

It is based on the second of PSA’s three modular platforms.

The 407’s direct replacement for Europe will be the 508, due next year.

It will use the largest PSA platform (also used for Citroen’s C5 and C6) with a more sophisticated suspension than the 308/408 and a greater overall length.

Peugeot now acknowledges that it made a mistake by restricting the 407’s rear room in an attempt to drive large MPV sales.

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25 January 2010

Well thats much better looking than the 308 on which it is based. Still rather bland, but not awful. But the 508 had better be more interesting if they are to get renewed interest in Europe.

25 January 2010

They've completely lost the plot. Peugeot's styling chief should be sent crawling on his hands and knees through Pininfarina's front door to beg forgiveness for his arrogant presumption. And then sacked.

25 January 2010

For one awful moment I thought this was the replacement for the 407. Thank goodness it isn't, but even so, it looks every bit as bad as you'd expect a saloon version of the 308 to look. If the 508 looks even a bit like this, Peugeot are doomed.

25 January 2010

[quote Autocar]earmarked for the Chinese market where customers demand four-door saloon[/quote] ...and this is of interest to us in UK/Europe because.......?


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25 January 2010

Looks worse than the 407, thank god its not coming to the UK!

25 January 2010

[quote ordinary bloke][quote Autocar]earmarked for the Chinese market where customers demand four-door saloon[/quote] ...and this is of interest to us in UK/Europe because.......?[/quote]

To be honest I'm interested in the global motor industry - even if they never make it to the UK market.
Saying that - this is just about the most forgettable car I've seen since the Toyota Avensis. Utterly awful.

25 January 2010

To be honest, given the task of making a saloon of the gopping 308, I think they have actually done rather well! The front is a big improvement and the rear view of the boot in the photo looks a bit similar to a 406 coupe!

I hope the 508 is a looker, I wonder what Peugeot will call the 308 replacement though? The "new 309?" That will have all sorts of negative connotations lol! & what will happen after the '-09' series of cars? They might have to look at a new numbering/naming system maybe?

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

25 January 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]...and this is of interest to us in UK/Europe because.......?[/quote]

Why does it have to be?

25 January 2010

Dull and as uninteresting as the rest of the range. Given the poor build quality, its hard to imagine who (outside of France), is buying them. Peugeot need to get their act together quickly or the French government will have to bail them out.

25 January 2010

This ones for the Chinese, even the French won't have to look at it.

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