The Peugeot 208 is a supermini (B-segment in Europe) produced by the French automaker Peugeot, and unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. The first 208 models were three door hatchbacks produced in 2011, at the company's new plant in Slovakia. In June 2012, as five door hatchbacks became available, production of the 208 also commenced at Peugeot's French plants at Mulhouse, and at Poissy.
|Manufacturer||Peugeot (Groupe PSA)|
|Body and chassis|
First generation (2012–2019)Edit
Pre facelift three door hatchback (front)
|Assembly||France: Mulhouse (Mulhouse Plant)|
France: Poissy (Poissy Plant)
Brazil: Porto Real (PSA Brazil)
Malaysia: Gurun (NAM)
Slovakia: Trnava (Trnava Plant) Iran: Tehran (IKAP)
Algeria:Oran (PSA Algérie) 
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Platform||PSA PF1 platform|
Citroën C4 Cactus
|Engine||1.0 L I3 (petrol)|
1.2 L I3 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (diesel)
1.6 L I4 (diesel)
|Transmission||5- and 6-speed manual |
|Wheelbase||2,538 mm (99.9 in)|
|Length||3,962 mm (156.0 in)|
|Width||1,739 mm (68.5 in) (ex mirrors)|
|Height||1,460 mm (57.5 in)|
|Curb weight||975–1,295 kg (2,150–2,855 lb)|
Specification and designEdit
The 208, developed under code name "A9", is built on the PSA PF1 platform and the weight is to be reduced by 173 kg (381 lb) (110 kg (243 lb) on average) compared with the 207 and still offer more space than the predecessor.
The boot offers 285 L (10 cu ft) (VDA) of space, 15 L (1 cu ft) more than the 207, and the leg room in the rear seat increases 5 cm (2 in). The design was led by Pierre Authier, with Sylvain Henry as exterior designer.
The interior design is by Adam Bazydlo, and the colour and trim is by Marie Sanou. The car features a tablet computer like screen, and panoramic glass roof surrounded by LED lights. The car is relatively aerodynamic with a drag coefficient, Cd, of 0.29.
All the petrol engines comply with the Euro 5 norm and the diesel engines have CO
2 emissions of 99 g/km or lower. In addition to the four cylinder petrol engines carried over from the previous model, from September 2012, the 208 has been offered with two new three cylinder units with variable valve timing – the 1.0 VTi (68 hp) and 1.2 VTi (82 hp).
The 1.0 comes with an advertised fuel consumption of 4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg‑imp; 55 mpg‑US), and a CO
2 emissions value of 99 g/km. A 1.2 L three cylinder is available with a turbocharger designated as the PureTech 110 S&S (available on the GT Line models and the allures) or without designated PureTech 82 S&S (available on the active, VTi, or XS).
This engine is coupled to a five speed manual or a six speed automatic. The 208 GTi is fitted with a 1.6 litre turbo (1,598 cc) four cylinder in line turbo petrol Prince engine producing 197 bhp (147 kW) at 5,800 rpm and 203 lb⋅ft (275 N⋅m) of torque at 1,700 rpm, and is fitted with a six speed manual transmission.
This first GTi model has since been replaced by the 208 GTi by PeugeotSport which is directly derived from the limited edition '30ème Anniversaire Edition' which put out 208 bhp with revised suspension and an optional two tone paint job, along with a facelift of the original bumpers and other small changes.
The range of diesel units starts with the four cylinder 1.4 e HDi unit, originally introduced in 2010 for the 207, which provides 50 kW (68 PS; 67 hp) of power coupled, in the 208, with published fuel economy and emission figures of 3.4 L/100 km (83 mpg‑imp; 69 mpg‑US) and 87 g/km.
The 208 comes with a range of trims and specs. Starting from the entry model as of 2019:
- Active – Available with either a 1.2L Puretech 82 S&S Petrol or a 1.5L BlueHDi Diesel, both come with a five speed manual.
- Signature (also known as the allure) – Comes with the same engine and gear box as the active but has different styling and alloys.
- Tech Edition – As well as coming with the same engine as the active and signature it also comes with two additional engine variants. A 1.2 litre Puretech 110 turbocharged manual and a automatic version known as the EAT6, both three cylinders
- GT-Line – This is the top of line model that is available from Peugeot. Coupled with the 1.2L 110 engines both six speed automatic and manual as well as the 1.5 litre diesel. This trim offers all the styling off a hot hatch, it has 16" alloys which are diamond cut.
- GTi – As of 2019, this model is not available to purchase from Peugeot.
Second generation (2019–present)Edit
Peugeot 208 GT-Line
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
The second generation Peugeot 208 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, and is expected to go on sale across Europe over the summer. Also revealed at the Geneva Motor Show was a fully electric version, the e-208. It has a heat-pump controlled 50 kWh battery, a 100 kW motor, and a 6.6 kW charger. WLTP-range is 340 kilometers.
The petrol engines are all 1.2 litre, three cylinder turbos with 74, 99 and 128bhp. The diesel model will come in just one engine variant, a 1.5 litre four cylinder engine producing 99bhp. Peugeot have yet to announce the sport models and what engine they will be using, such as the GTi which has been part of the family of the 208.
It will be the first electric 208
208 T16 Pikes PeakEdit
In April 2013, a 208 T16 was tested by Sébastien Loeb at Mont Ventoux. Loosely based on the shape and design of the production 208, the T16 is a lightweight 875 kg (1,929 lb) vehicle that uses the rear wing from the Peugeot 908, and has a 3.2 litre, twin turbo V6 engine, developing 875 bhp (652 kW; 887 PS) with the aim of competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
At Pikes Peak on 30 June 2013, Sébastien Loeb used the 208 T16 to break Rhys Millen's record time, set in 2012 on the first fully paved roads in the history of the competition. The previous record of 9:46.164 was shattered, and a new record time of 8:13.878 was set.
In 2018, a Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Edition model won the overall award in the inaugural Classic Sports Car Club Turbo Tin Tops Series, for forced induction front wheel drive cars. 
Team Peugeot-Hansen won the manufacturers title at the FIA World Rallycross Championship in November 2015. Jérôme Grosset-Janin was runner up in the FIA European Rallycross Championship in the same year.
Sales and productionEdit
Peugeot announced the 300,000th 208 was produced in February 2013.
|Year||Worldwide production||Worldwide sales||Notes|
|2012||242,900||220,800||Total production reaches 243,600 units.|
|2013||333,800||334,439||Total production reaches 577,400 units.|
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