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Awards | 27 06 2012
New Peugeot 208 wins “Best Supermini” award – before its UK launch

Peugeot is celebrating a double award win at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2012. The stylish new Peugeot 208 won the 'Best Supermini' Class award – even before its UK launch – while the Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupé won the 'Best Coupé' Class.

208 and rcz win auto express awards

The newest edition to the Peugeot range won the 'Best Supermini' Class.  Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, Steve Fowler, said of the 208; "Peugeot is back on top of the small car class. The 208 has got it all: style, quality, space and kit, while it’s good to drive and super-efficient, too."

The ever-popular Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe was also awarded the 'Best Coupé' Class.  Steve said; "The RCZ continues to reign supreme as the best coupé on the road thanks to its winning blend of great styling and agile handling. Even better, it's much more affordable than its looks suggest."

Following the awards, Tim Zimmerman, Managing Director at Peugeot UK, said; "This is a great week for Peugeot.  In the first week that the new 208 goes on sale in the UK, we are especially pleased to receive this key award.  The Auto Express Best Supermini award is the 208’s first international product accolade and recognises its lead position in the highly competitive small car sector. We are confident it is a stylish product of true regeneration, and hopefully this will be the first of many awards to come."

He added; "That the RCZ Sports Coupé has again - for the third year running – been awarded the Auto Express Best Coupé prize serves to demonstrate our improved product desirability, which increases with every new car we launch."

Auto Express editor, Steve Fowler, praised the 208 for its 'style, quality, space and kit'. The new Peugeot 208 will be launched in the UK this summer. It has only been available to order for a few weeks, but 3,500 orders have already been placed. The hatchback is available in three and five-door models, with five trim levels, starting at £9,995. The 208 is available with Peugeot’s all-new three-cylinder petrol engine or a low CO2 diesel engine. Both models offer low emissions.

The RCZ Sports Coupé features Peugeot’s unique double-bubble roof, with attractive aluminium arches, two doors, and a choice of petrol or diesel engines and Sport or GT trim levels. It is the third year in a row that the car has won best in class at the awards. Auto Express’s Steve Fowler praised the Coupé, stating: "The RCZ continues to reign supreme as the best Coupé on the road, thanks to its winning blend of great styling and agile handling. Even better, it’s much more affordable than its looks suggest."

Peugeot collected its awards at a prestigious ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, held at the end of June.

Tim Zimmerman, managing director for Peugeot UK, said: "This is a great week for Peugeot. In the first week that the new 208 goes on sale in the UK, we are especially pleased to receive this key award. The Auto Express Best Supermini award is the 208’s first international product accolade, and recognises its lead position in the highly competitive small car sector. We are confident it is a stylish product of true regeneration – and hopefully this will be the first of many awards to come.' He added: 'That the RCZ Sports Coupé has again – for the third year running – been awarded the Auto Express Best Coupé prize, serves to demonstrate our improved product desirability, which increases with every new car we launch."
 

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