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A small car produced by Peugeot since 2008.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Peugeot 308 page on 9 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Peugeot 308 is a small family car produced by the French car manufacturer Peugeot. It was unveiled on 5 June 2007 and launched in September 2007. Its development code was "Project T7", and is the first car of the X08 generation of Peugeot models. The 308 features a range of petrol and diesel engine options. In March 2011, the 308 received a facelift and it premiered at the Geneva Motor Show. A second generation was unveiled in 2013 and it was awarded as the 2014 European Car of the Year.

First generation (T7, 2008–2013)

Launched as the replacement for the Peugeot 307 in most international markets, the new vehicle was based upon the old 307’s chassis, but has new bodywork and is slightly longer and wider. Its coefficient of drag is 0.29, and it has a five-star Euro NCAP rating. Following the 2011 facelift, the drag-factor was reduced to 0.28.

The 308 HDi holds the Guinness world record of the most fuel-efficient mainstream car currently in production, having averaged 3.13 litres per 100 kilometres (90 mpg-imp; 75 mpg-US) over a distance of 14,580 km (9,060 mi), but Peugeot ran foul of British advertising rules by claiming 126 mpg-imp (2.24 L/100 km; 105 mpg-US) in an advert for the car.

The 308 is manufactured in France at the Mulhouse and Sochaux factories. It is also manufactured in Kaluga, Russia, for the local market, since 2010, and El Palomar, Argentina, for the South American market since 2012. The 307 remains in production for several countries, especially those that prefer saloon bodies, such as China.

Second generation (T9, 2013–present)

A second generation 308 was unveiled in Autumn 2013. It features the new Peugeot style unveiled with the 508 and the 208. It also inaugurates the new Peugeot numbering system where the final digits are fixed: 8 for the mainstream range, and 1 for the models aimed at emerging countries, such as the Peugeot 301. Unlike its predecessor, it is built on the PSA EMP2 platform, which it shares with Citroën C4 Picasso.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
13 May 2013New Peugeot 308 images released. New design direction for Peugeot Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
9 December 2015First deliveries of new ‘308 GTi by Peugeot Sport’ available nowPeugeot
24 May 2016Peugeot Customers Rate The Peugeot 308 Nine Out Of Ten On ReevooPeugeot




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