Although the production of the Peugeot 208 Supermini was initially at Peugeot’s plant in Slovakia, production of the same is now also at Poissy and Mulhouse plants in France. The Supermini is available in 3-door and 5-door hatchback body styles. The car can be found with different engine types including the 1.0 VTi with 68 horsepower, 1.2 VTi with 82 hp, 1.4 VTi with 95 hp, 1.6 VTi with 120 hp, 1.6 VTi with 156 hp, 1.4 e-HDi 70, 1.6 HDi 92 and 1.6 HDi 115 engines.
With a wheelbase of 99.9 inches, the car measures 156.0 inches and 68.5 inches in length and width respectively. The car stands at a height of 57.5 inches and can weigh 975 kg or 1,090 kg. Code named “A9” during its development, the Supermini has been built on the PSA PFI platform. When compared to its predecessor the 207, Peugeot 208 offers more boot space with about 1 cubic feet. Leg room at the rear seat is also adequate when compare to 207.
The design of the Peugeot 208 was the work of four car designers. With Pierre Authier as the lead designer, Henry Sylvain was responsible for the exterior design. The interior design was the task handled by Adam Bazydlo with color and car trim being the responsibility of Marie Sanou. The car features a computer-like screen in addition to glass roof surrounded by LED lights.
The Peugeot 208 is available in different models that retails at different prices. The Active 1.2 liter 3-cylinder retails from as low as US$18,490. On the higher side, the Allure Sport 1.6 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder six-speed manual retails at US$26,490. Although Peugeot’s global sales forecast was at 550,000 units with European figures set at 420,000 units, unconfirmed reports indicate that production of the car has been cut back due to low sales volumes. Although the reports have not yet been confirmed, official reports that the company cut 8,000 jobs and closed down one of its production plants in Paris in order to stay financially afloat serve to show how serious things are.