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The Peugeot 307 is a small family car produced by the French manufacturer Peugeot since 2001, following the Peugeot 306 which ceased production in 2002. It was awarded the European Car of the Year title for 2002, and continued to be offered in China and certain South American markets through 2014, despite the French launch of the 308 (its intended successor) in September 2007.
|Assembly||Mulhouse, France (Mulhouse Plant)|
Sochaux, France (Sochaux Plant)
Wuhan, China (Dongfeng)
Villa Bosch, Argentina
El Palomar, Argentina
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Small family car|
|Body style||3 and 5-door hatchback|
2-door coupé cabriolet
|Platform||PSA PF2 platform|
Citroën C4 Picasso
|Engine||1.4 L ET3 I4 (petrol)|
1.6 L TU5 I4 (petrol)
1.6 L DV6 HDi I4 (diesel HDII)
2.0 L EW10 I4 (petrol)
2.0 L DW10 HDi I4 (diesel)
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm (102.8 in) (hatchback, coupé cabriolet)|
2,710 mm (106.7 in) (sedan, wagon)
|Length||4,210 mm (165.7 in) (hatchback)|
4,350 mm (171.3 in) (coupé cabriolet)
4,420 mm (174.0 in) (wagon)
4,470 mm (176.0 in) (sedan)
|Width||1,730 mm (68.1 in)|
|Height||1,510 mm (59.4 in)|
1,420 mm (55.9 in) (coupé cabriolet)
|Successor||Peugeot 308 (hatchback, wagon, coupé cabriolet)|
Peugeot 408 (saloon)
The 307 was presented as the 307 Prométhée prototype at the 2000 Mondial de l'Automobile. The production hatchback versions were introduced to the European markets on 26 April 2001, as a successor to the Peugeot 306. The 307 was also sold in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and (in 1.6 and 2.0 petrol versions) Mexico.
In Brazil, the 307 is sold with 1.6 and 2.0 flex (gas/ethanol) engines.
Design and engineeringEdit
The 307 makes use of a reworked 306 platform, that can also be found on the Citroën Xsara as well as the 1991 Citroën ZX. However, the car is larger than the 306 in every direction. The 307 continued the company's styling first seen on the Peugeot 206 and Peugeot 607.
With upswept front lights and a steeply rising bonnet leading to a highly sloped windscreen (and the upright rear doors first seen on the 206), the 307 departed from the Pininfarina designed themes employed on the previous two generations of Peugeots, as introduced with the Peugeot 205, and ending with the (evolutionary) Peugeot 406.
Its height is 1,510 mm (59.4 in), which is in the middle of the spectrum between small family cars (between 1400 and 1450 mm) and compact MPVs (between 1600 and 1650 mm). Some consider the 307 as a low compact MPV rather than a tall small family car, because of its height and profile.
One advertisement for the 307, which was first released in 2001, featured the hit song from 1987, "(Something Inside) So Strong".
In a report from Top Gear Magazine, the new Peugeot 307 1.6 16v TU5 JP4 went head to head with its competitors, the Ford Focus 1.6L I4 Zetec-SE and Honda Civic 1.6 VTEC. The Peugeot received high praise in all areas of the road test, beating both the Ford and Honda on price, space, handling, running costs and refinement.
The Peugeot won the road test, followed by the Ford, then the Honda.
However, Jeremy Clarkson then notes in a later episode of Top Gear that you could start a fire in the car by holding down the button that increases the temperature, one of the negative aspects of the car.
In June 2005, the 307 was revised to meet the onslaught of rivals which had been launched since the introduction of the 307 four years earlier in 2001.
The front of the car was restyled featuring mildly revised lights, a new bonnet and the removal of the trademark Peugeot grille between the headlights. With the latter change, along with a new front bumper, the front of the car was now dominated by a larger air intake, as first established on the Peugeot 407, and which was now effectively the company's new grille.
The 307 was launched as a three and five door hatchback, though in June 2002, the 307 range was expanded, with the introduction of a se estate car, the 307 SW. It features an optional third row of removable seats, so it is more flexible due to its MPV like configuration. The SW exists because Peugeot did not develop a compact MPV spinoff, as Citroën did with the Xsara Picasso, instead preferring to offer a more flexible version, but maintaining the style and road manners of an estate.
Unlike the previous model, there was no saloon version, but one was designed for emerging markets, such as China and the Latin American market, as saloons were much preferred to hatchbacks. The 307 CC, a cabriolet with a retractable hardtop, was launched in August 2003, to compete against the new European coupé cabriolets.
In June 2004, a four door saloon version of the 307 was launched in China. The 307 is produced for the Chinese market by the Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile, a joint venture with the PSA Group. This model was also built in Argentina between May 2006 and November 2010. Production ended in China in 2014.
- 1.4 L (1360 cc) TU3 I4, 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp)
- 1.4 L (1360 cc) ET3 I4, 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and 100 lb⋅ft (136 N⋅m)
- 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 I4, 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) and 110 lb⋅ft (149 N⋅m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16-valve I4, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 110 lb⋅ft (149 N⋅m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16-valve I4, 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 148 lb⋅ft (201 N⋅m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16-valve I4, 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) and 149 lb⋅ft (202 N⋅m)
- 1.4 HDi 70 HP
- 1.6 L (1560 cc) DV6 HDi diesel I4, 90–110 PS and 161–177 lb⋅ft (218–240 N⋅m)
- 2.0 L (1997 cc) DW10 HDi diesel I4, 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) and 240 lb⋅ft (325 N⋅m)
- 2.0 L HDI 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)
In January 2006, Peugeot announced a prototype diesel-electric hybrid engine for the 307 that could achieve 83 miles per imperial gallon (3.4 L/100 km; 69 mpg‑US), but was not intended for sale until at least 2010, by which time the 307 was replaced by the 308, and the hybrid was still not launched.
The Citroën C4 Hybride HDi was announced at the same time.
According to some sources, the 307 suffers from below average build quality and reliability, having featured at the bottom of the German Automobile Club breakdown statistics for 3 to 5 year old small family cars in 2009. However, June 2005 saw a facelift within the model and reliability increased, making it a more popular model. 2006/2007 models were referenced as a lot more reliable and trustworthy.
307 in rallyingEdit
The Peugeot 307 WRC, a World Rally Car based on the 307 CC, replaced the multiple manufacturers' and drivers' championship-winning 206 WRC in the World Rally Championship for the season of 2004.
The vehicle, nicknamed "The Flying Frog" and "The Whale", was plagued by transmission problems and only began to come into its element in competition towards the end of its factory supported participation in the WRC. It has three WRC victories to its name, but saw its competition life cut short at the end of 2005 by PSA's decision to withdraw both Citroën and Peugeot from top level rallying. It topped the podium in the series on the 2004 and 2005 Neste Rally Finland as well as in the 2005 Rally Japan.
All the victories were at the hands of double world drivers' champion Marcus Grönholm. A private undertaking by seasoned Peugeot preparatory firm Bozian Racing, dubbed OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team, largely assumed responsibility for the running of WRC specification 307s for the following the season of 2006.
The 307 WRC will be remembered for the accident that befell WRC competitors Markko Märtin and Michael Park on September 18, 2005, which resulted in co-driver Park's death. On stage 15 of Wales Rally GB, Märtin lost control of his 307 WRC and collided with a tree, killing Park instantly. This was the first fatality in a WRC event since 1993.
|Year||Worldwide Production||Worldwide sales||Notes|
|2011||67,174||71,531||Total production reaches 3,677,711 units.|
|2012||103,300||103,000||Total production reaches 3,781,000 units.|
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