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Amazing! Upcoming Peugeots may not be crap

Posted in Crap cars, Desirable machines, Upcoming cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25/11/2009 by Alexander

After slagging off Peugeot, and especially the 3008 quite ruthlessly, here’s an entry to prove I’m not a mindless Peugeot hater. The above image came from here, and the fanfair is grand.

Take a look at Peugeot’s new baby coupé! Auto Express has learned that the Lion is getting ready to roar into the small sports car market with this sensational 2+2, which boasts Ferrari style at an affordable price tag.

Phwoar! A insy-bitsy Ferrari! I’m being a little sarky, but let’s be honest: it looks good. Gone are the ridiculous Peugeot grills and exaggeratedly swept-back headlamps. This seems promising! Let’s read on:

Small coupés are big news! You don’t need big engines and a huge price tag to have fun, which is why pint-sized sports cars are making a comeback.

And we’re then treated to a list of future coupés that fill the above criteria, which stupidly include a MINI Coupé (a stupid concept, since the MINI is already coupé-ish, and if you look at the pictures it resembles a MINI that’s previously had cartload of bricks tipped on it) and a Toyota Prius Coupé (?!?!?? I thought a criterion was it had to be fun and pint-sized? How can a bloated, soulless object like a Prius ever be either?).

But is the news of this Peugeot coupé too good to be true? Yes. Sifting through the comments, an interesting datum popped up. The Hyundai Veloster Coupé concept looks suspiciously similar. In fact, it’s obvious this Peugeot coupé was Photoshopped from the Hyundai, which gives us two possibilities; either Peugeot is teaming up with Hyundai to give us a common platform car; or the most certain, AutoExpress has been duped. Besides, after the announcement of the 308 RC Z, it would be stupid for Peugeot to compete with itself before the 308 RC Z was even available.

But fear not! If you, for some unfathomable, irrational, bile-swelling reason have a fancy for the Lion brand, Peugeot have decided to make a car that, at first glance doesn’t completely suck.

Dubbed the 508, it marks the return of the “5” at the beginning of the designation, and harks back to my personal Peugeot favourite, the 504. It’s based on the RC HyMotion 4 concept of 2008, which shows Peugeot at least manages to make good use of its nicer concepts, unlike, say, Citroën, who ignore the C-Airplay. But I digress. This 508 car looks crackingly good, and not just for a Peugeot. It reminds me of an old Bugatti four door saloon, the EB112, which never saw the light of day. It has the same sort of profile and fundamental concept.

In conclusion, it’s a sign that upcoming Peugeots may not be dreary crap after all.


A blight on God’s clean Earth #3 – Peugeot 3008

Posted in A blight on God's clean Earth, Crap cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24/11/2009 by Alexander

Peugeot’s designation of cars was doomed from the get-go. The 504 was followed by the 505. The 205 by the 206 and 207. The 605 by the 607. The 309 by the 306. It’s messy, hard to distinguish, and worst of all, limited. The number-zero-number may be snazzy and unique, but it’s confusing and will only last as long as Peugeot are willing to dexterously play with the combinations. But we can safely say they’ve utterly botched it when the 305 was succeeded by the 309 and now their current 308 model has no possible successor number vacant in the present format. So they’ve shot themselves in the foot and added an extra nought. 1007 and today’s car, are examples. It’s doomed to failure but who cares? Peugeots tend to be so bland and forgettable they could call a model the Pi-0-Pi or 123Brilliant and no-one would look up.

One of Peugeot’s latest brainfarts is to make a car, in Autocar’s words:

part SUV, part estate car, part hatchback, part MPV.

Wow, talk about a fudge, But the underlying logic is as thus:

As Nissan has done with the Qashqai, Peugeot seeks to appeal to buyers’ fantasies by offering a taste of SUV without the weight, expense and social opprobrium of the real thing.

And from the response of the public, who have flocked to Peugeot dealers, this has worked. So you could say “Well, if lots of people liked it, it must be good!” But let’s not forget, majorities freed Barabbas, elected George W. Bush, and made Coldplay successful. Ergo, large numbers of people adhering to something doesn’t automatically make it brilliant.

Now I have no idea how it drives, how spacious it is or if it goes 1000 miles on half a tank. This isn’t de facto car journalism so objectiveness doesn’t count unless it suits me. So let’s get to what matters: the 3008 is unbelievably ugly.

Because it’s made to be high (to appease the ego of short people, methinks) and roomy, the proportions are dismally out of balance. And then it’s a Peugeot. And as all current Peugeots, it has the aesthetic appeal of a run-over badger. The ridiculously large grill looks even more ridiculous with that square pattern, a sure sign that the designer simply couldn’t be bothered to give the matter a second thought. The result is a gaping maw with the space between the ugly grill struts so large it looks like it can suck in small children unwary enough to wander too close while the car’s idling at the traffic lights.

The 308, though still hideous and nightmare-inspiring, at least has some interesting tail lights, a simple dash of sanity in an otherwise disastrously horrendous car. The 3008 has no such redeeming feature, with its tail lights having the appearance of symmetrical tomato stains someone carelessly dolloped on the back.

It’s an atrociously designed car, yet it has won over many people. To me, it epitomises the downward spiral in aesthetics Peugeot has been suffering from for quite some time. I’ve praised the 308 RC Z, despite its ugly face and silly wing mirrors, but your heart sinks just looking at this 3008 monstrosity. Will things get worse? Perhaps not. As I’ll comment in upcoming posts, Peugeot know how to make not completely crap cars every now and then.

Peugeot 308 RC Z

Posted in Crap cars, Desirable machines, News with tags , , , , on 06/09/2009 by Alexander

Peugeot and Citroen are part of the same company, the PSA Group, after Citroen went bankrupt for the second time in 1974 and was absorbed into their rival company. Many blame this as the turning point for Citroen, seeing an end to the innovative flair that had characterized their cars and made so many of them undisputed cult icons and legends. Peugeot, on the other hand, have no legendary cars whatsoever. The 504 and 504 coupé are very nice machines, and rank among my personal favourites, but they can’t stack up to an SM or CX, let alone a Traction Avant or a DS. VW have the Beetle and the Transporter, BMW have the Isetta, Mercedes have their 220’s and SL Gullwing, Datsun/Nissan have the Z-cars, Fiat have the 500 and 600, even Renault have the 4 and 5 to be glowingly proud of. So that gives Peugeot some catching up to do, and it seems they plan on starting right now at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

So while Fiat have the new 500 and BMW have the new Mini, Peugeot give the world the 308 RC Z coupé. Since they don’t have a prestigious, iconic model to base it on, they make it a version of one of their current, horribly bland (if not absolutely hideous) production model, the 308.

However, I predict this car to be a runaway success, and will pluck a lot of customers out of the Audi TT’s and BMW Z4’s hands, not to mention other coupés. The front end looks awful, being what characterizes Peugeot’s current aesthetics, perhaps thought up by someone who was partially blind and suffers from brain damage. But the rest is stunningly attractive. The car’s outline is fantastically proportioned, making it look balanced yet fast while standing still, unlike its pretty crappy-looking German rivals. Another design detail sure to make people swoon are the bubble-like protrusions in the canopy, which looks like it’s off a high-end supercar. The berlinetta-like rear-end looks amazing too, though those rear lights look suspiciously similar to those on a Nissan 350Z. The curve at the end of the doors is also a delicious detail.

What I don’t fancy, apart from the aforementioned facial section, are the wing-mirrors. Lots of Citroen’s latest models also suffer from this ailment, which is wing-mirrors that look like antennae. They look dumb. And wing-mirrors are an important design detail for me. I think my Volvo S60 is one of the best looking cars on the road today, but if it had the wing-mirrors of the post-2004 models, I wouldn’t like it.

Would I buy one? Hmmm. If I were looking for a coupé, perhaps this would be my choice, though that snout and the fact that it’s a Peugeot would make me think twice.

So here’s my prediciton for the 308 RC Z: Runaway success.