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Peugeot 408 GT Has VW Quaking

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German car website Auto Bild is stating that production of a new Peugeot 408 GT will begin in Europe next year.

German car website Auto Bild is stating that production of a new Peugeot 408 GT will begin in Europe next year. This is an exciting development, because the 408 GT is an executive model that’s about 3000 times more interesting than a Mondeo.

Not that Ford’s trusty saloon is a direct competitor. No, with this new muscular model, Peugeot is moving nicely upmarket and has cars like the VW CC in its crosshairs. Will it hit the mark, though?

This is the four-door coupe market. It’s one that’s currently on fire, with gorgeous contenders including the Volkswagen CC, the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A5 Sportback. Will there be room for the 408 GT in 2016?

First requirements are distinctive looks and oodles of style and the 408 GT scores well here. We had hints of what a Peugeot offering in this sector could look like at the Beijing Motor Show of last year. There, the French firm showed us the Exalt concept, a coupe with the curvaceous appeal of Kelly Brook.

The 408 GT isn’t quite as sexy as the Exalt, or Kelly, but it certainly looks bold and beautiful. LED headlights are claw-shaped, the arches are flared like 70s jeans and the headlights glint mischievously. The roofline is nice and low, it has short overhangs and C-pillars that could fell a horse.

Peugeot has clearly done its homework on the market. According to General Director Maxime Picat, “this kind of saloon segment is key”. He was referring to the Exalt concept, but the 408 GT is clearly the version intended for public consumption.

At the Shanghai Motor Show, Peugeot lifted the lid on the 308 S, a saloon version of the hatchback. This implies that the 408 name will be preserved in GT form. China could be the main target, where they love executive models like this, but sales in Europe are a distinct possibility.

The running gear required is already in place. The EMP2 platform from the 308 could easily be slotted into the PureTech and BlueHDi diesels versions.

You can expect a 1.6-litre petrol 408GT to offer about 270bhp, and diesels should vary from 120bhp to 180bhp.

The 408 GT could be the first Peugeot model to get the hybrid treatment, as the Exalt concept offered a 335bhp hybrid unit. According to Autocar, emissions regulations are getting tougher, so expect Peugeot’s entire range to get the green treatment before long.

To test drive any of the current Peugeot range, head down to Richard Hardie’s showrooms in Sunderland, Durham or Ashington.

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether youíre driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relativeís home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you canít wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...