Replacement for 407 and 607 to be named 508
24 November 2009

PSA Peugeot president Philippe Varin has revealed the name of the 407 and 607 replacement - the 508.

Early development work on the 508 - which will replace both the 407 and 607 at the same time - has already begun and, as the car's name suggests, in terms of size it will sit between the models it replaces.

The current plan is for a 508 concept car to be unveiled at the Paris show next year, before the production version is launched at the Geneva motor show in 2011.

The model will mark the return of the series of 50x numbers, which were last seen on the 505 when it was launched in 1979.

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24 November 2009

Presumably the current 308 will evolve into the 408 then, getting around the problem of "309" already having been used...

24 November 2009

[quote March1]

Presumably the current 308 will evolve into the 408 then, getting around the problem of "309" already having been used...

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The 309 was supposed to be called "Talbot Arizona". Bet this 508 is nowhere near as good as the old 505.

24 November 2009

Where will the 508 compete? if it is bigger than the Fords and Vauxhalls its predecessor competed with then that leaves the junior execs and I can't see a Peugeot having the same badge kudos as an Audi/BMW/Lexus/Mercedes-Benz. Or is that just me?

24 November 2009

[quote StringfelloweHawke]The 309 was supposed to be called "Talbot Arizona". [/quote]

You sure? I worked on the thing and I don't remember it ever being anything other than the 309 - I may have not been paying attention (again).

[quote StringfelloweHawke]Bet this 508 is nowhere near as good as the old 505.[/quote]

Reckon you're dead right on that.

24 November 2009

[quote crazyal]Or is that just me?[/quote]

No, it's not just you

24 November 2009

[quote Dave52]

[quote crazyal]Or is that just me?[/quote]

No, it's not just you

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I think they can get away with it - the 504/505 were never full size or prestige cars? It seems to me that a 50X - numbered car is just as natural a mid sized car as a 40X - numbered one is, and it would still leave Peugeot with the opportunity to introduce a 60X - car if they wanted to waste money on that.

The 5008 is reported to be a good car in the mould of big Peugeots of old, and as a former 505-owner I can only wish for this to be an indication of what the 508 is going to be.

24 November 2009

Yeah, the 505 GTI Family Estate, bloody legend! 7/8 seats and a LSD!

And the French V6 bi-turbo.

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25 November 2009

[quote TVaagen]I think they can get away with it - the 504/505 were never full size or prestige cars[/quote]

I hope they do. I think we were both getting at badge snobs, not Peugeot's competence. I know I was.

25 November 2009

Hope they don't make it any bigger on the outside, or they give it corners instead, have found manouvering a 407 bit of a nightmare, also the room in the back seems very poor for the size of the car, compared to say a 305 so they could do with sorting out the packaging too.

25 November 2009

If it's in the spirit of the great 50x cars of the past, surely it should be rear-wheel drive. Fat chance of that, though ...

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