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The Peugeot 308 - Take A Journey Through History

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Following the recent release of the exciting new Peugeot 308 GTi, we thought it would be great to go on a journey through Peugeot’s 308 history!

Following the recent release of the exciting new Peugeot 308 GTi, we thought it would be great to go on a journey through Peugeot’s 308 history!

Peugeot 308 T7 (2008-2013)

Launched in 2008, this was the first car of the ‘8’ generation to replace the 307. Designed and built to be a family car being slightly longer and wider than its predecessor. At the time all cars in the Peugeot range were designed to be instantly recognisable under the Peugeot brand; with the swooping bonnet shaped like a lion’s nose and a large front grille as the mouth. The 308 T7 was sold as a 3-door and 5-door hatchback, 5- door estate (SW) and 2-door coupe (CC). Peugeot made sure drivers of the 308 had a more agile experience on the road making the steering 10% stiffer than the 307.

308 SW (2008 – 2014)

The Peugeot 308 SW was designed with family in mind holding a capacity of 7 passengers - more than you would think as it looks like an ordinary estate. It provided the perfect alternative to the un-attractive people carriers, with a smooth ride and a large boot capacity - great for the holiday suitcases.

308 CC (2009 – 2014)

In 2009 Peugeot launched the 308 CC, more stylish than the 307 CC with a retractable hard-top which could be retracted in around 20 seconds. The CC model is Peugeot’s only four-seater coupe cabriolet and has heated head rests to keep you warm even with the top down all year round.

Geneva Motor Show (2011)

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show the 308 e-HDI micro-hybrid was launched and minor changes to the design of the 308 range were presented as a ‘facelift’ modernising the cars.

Peugeot 308 T9 (2014-present)

The second generation of Peugeot 308s were built under the same inspiration; to create the perfect family car. The 308 has proven throughout its history that the range represents practicality, low running costs and excellent value for money.

The range has been completely redesigned - out with the old loud front grille - in with the new sleek and elegantly streamline bodywork. The interior has been modernised giving a sporty driving position, responsive steering wheel and an uncluttered dashboard - all inbuilt into a large colour touchscreen.

The current 308 range includes the 5-door 308 hatchback; 308 SW Estate; 308 GT and the recently released 308 GTi seen in action at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

You can find out more information about the Peugeot 308 range at Richard Hardie or visit either our Durham, Sunderland or Ashington dealership for a test drive!

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