With a history dating back to 1898, the Paris Motor Show has the distinction of being the first motor show in the world. Over the years, Mondial de l’Automobile has played host to some of the most innovative new concepts in motoring, allowing car manufacturers to unveil their latest designs and technology against the backdrop of a city renowned globally for undeniable chic.
French roots give the Paris Motor Show a special meaning for Peugeot, and we jumped at the chance to showcase our exciting new concept cars and production models in 2012.
Generations of Peugeot classics have had their first public showing at the Motor Show in Paris. The exceptional 508 and 3008 HYbrid4 – the world’s first full diesel hybrid – were unveiled in 2010, whilst two years previously, the 308 CC and restyled 407 took centre stage.
In 2012 we introduced the next generation of Peugeot cars: a regeneration of the innovative, exciting models which wowed previous Parisian crowds. The 2012 Paris Motor Show was one of our biggest yet.
Following a successful launch in June 2012, the 208 received top billing on the Peugeot stand at Paris 2012. This hot new supermini was presented in no fewer than ten different versions – including the 208 Intuitive, tailored for effortless city driving, and the 208 Type R5, a racing model.
The Peugeot 208 GTi and the Peugeot 208 XY – first unveiled as concepts at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012 – will be on sale from Spring 2013. And both models, bursting with technical developments and memorable design touches, are currently being paraded on the catwalks of Paris before production starts.
New Peugeot 208 GTi
The Peugeot 208 GTi is an exciting, sporty redesign – a spiritual successor to the classic 205 GTi. Exterior revisions include wing extensions, body sills, and wheels that hug the arches, for a striking, athletic look. Inside, red details on its cloth and leather seats are carried across to its seatbelts, creating a stylish passenger cabin that places equal emphasis on comfort and practicality as it does sporty chic. Its 1.6-litre THP 200 bhp petrol engine delivers impressive performance and reassuring efficiency – with CO2 emissions of just 145g/km. The exhaust has been overhauled too – packing this sporty Peugeot 208 with an endearing growl.
Peugeot 208 XY
The Peugeot 208 XY shifts the focus of the 208 towards luxury and sophistication. Available in six colours, including purple – a new colour for the brand – the Peugeot 208 XY is decked out with subtle, stylish touches and chrome detail, to create an immediately engaging and luxurious exterior look. Inside, it’s light and bright throughout, with carefully-chosen components, Alcantara leather and cloth seats, and premium-quality mats contributing to a composed interior ambience. There will be two petrol and three diesel engines to choose from, each offering a refined balance of performance and efficiency.
Peugeot RCZ Facelift and RCZ R Concept
The award-winning Peugeot RCZ sports coupé has undergone a facelift and was relaunched in January 2013. This new-look Peugeot RCZ has a stunning new front face that serves to accentuate the athletic curves of its iconic ‘double-bubble’ roof.
There was even more excitement for the critically-acclaimed coupé at the Motor Show in Paris, as it gave the first opportunity to glimpse the RCZ R Concept – in pole position as the most powerful production model Peugeot has ever made.
The Peugeot RCZ R Concept, which is expected in the sports coupé range in late 2013, has been developed by the enthusiasts at Peugeot Sport and PSA Group. It aims to showcase the most advanced racing technology in a production vehicle – the engine, a 1.6-litre THP 260bhp model, will boast one of the highest power-per-litre ratings of any car in the world today.
The RCZ R Concept was shown at the Paris Motor Show, with fashionable finishes of matt black and copper, a special interior treatment and a new exterior signature.
Peugeot 2008 Concept
Another 2012 Paris Motor Show debut was the Peugeot 2008 Concept, designed to combine the best features of the popular 208 city car and the 3008 crossover – emphasising practicality, driveability and international appeal.
The Peugeot 2008 Concept, created by teams in Paris, Shanghai and San Paulo, is fitted with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. The Peugeot 2008 Concept enhances the driving experience for those that need to travel around their home city on a daily basis – and is more than capable of heading out on extended excursions.
This focus on freedom is reflected in the stylistic details of the new crossover. Its powerful posture and sculpted lines evoke images of strength and agility, whilst its unique decorations and striking headlamps – which have been designed to resemble the unique pupil of a cat’s eye – position the Concept as a resolutely individual beast.
Compact but versatile, the Peugeot 2008 Concept’s debut in Paris followed the unveiling of Peugeot’s Urban Crossover Concept in Beijing in April 2012 – and represents the latest and most radical development in both our concept and crossover car ranges.
The Peugeot 2008 will now go into production in summer 2013.
Peugeot Onyx Concept
We’ve already proved our commitment to innovation when it comes to efficient motoring solutions – our HYbrid4 technology was the first mass-produced diesel hybrid system for cars.
The Peugeot Onyx Concept is the latest product of Peugeot’s on-going developments in green car technology. It’s got sport at its core – driven by a 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine, boasting 600bhp. But the real winner with the Onyx, is that it’s crafted using materials that have been through as little processing as possible.
Some of the ‘raw’ materials used include carbon fibre, for the main structure, aluminium, for the arches, and pure copper for the doors and wings – an intriguing and arresting patchwork of materials that is nonetheless seamless in its stylistic ambience. Simplicity rules the design scheme, exemplified by its lightweight but sturdy chassis, constructed from just 12 parts.
Inside, one piece of stretched felt forms the entirety of the passenger compartment – which is at once revolutionary in appearance, but remains endearingly practical, as this fully-recyclable material helps to insulate the vehicle and dehumidify the air inside. Newspaper Wood is used to craft the dashboard. Clever stuff, this is formed from recycled newspaper, and resembles real wood.
Aesthetically, a mixture of matt black, futuristic style and hand-crafted bespoke parts makes the Peugeot Onyx Concept a revolutionary green car.
It was joined at the 2012 Motor Show in Paris by the Onyx Concept Scooter and the Onyx Bike - and was undoubtedly the star of the show.