[dropcap]H[/dropcap]er Excellency, Sylvie Bermann, the Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom and Stéphane Le Guével, Director General for Peugeot Citroёn Automobiles UK were re-acquainted at the weekend on the occasion of the arrival of the new official French Embassy car – a PEUGEOT 508 RXH. Both had met before when they had similar responsibilities working in China a couple of years ago.
The French Embassy car is a top-of-the-range 508 model, chosen from an extensive PEUGEOT line-up, and was selected to represent the Ambassador of France on official duties for its presence, comfort, versatility and efficiency, notably being a low emissions hybrid vehicle.
Powered by HYbrid4 technology it has four-wheel drive capability, combined 200hp output and selectable drive modes; for zero emissions, sport, 4WD and fully Auto. The CO2 output however, is just 109g/km despite it being a large-proportioned 5-seater estate car with all the versatile capabilities.
that make the 508 RXH a perfect official car include; versatile drivetrain – powerful or silent on demand, Full LED headlamps for a clear view ahead, integrated Satellite Navigation to find the next appointment, Panoramic glass roof to see the wider picture from the comfortable rear seats and a host of highly-specified standard equipment features. Distinguished externally by its up-market PEUGEOT grille and forward-facing badging, the distinctive exterior style includes wheel arch and sill extensions, aluminium front and rear bumper scuff plates and a raised suspension setting – ideal for getting in and out of the car with grace and composure.
The 508 was launched to embody quality, purity, efficiency and be the marque’s expression in the segment of grand touring cars, providing occupants with comfort over long-distance, and the efficiency to go ever further. Other models in the range are available with CO2 from just 101g/km, in Saloon and SW (estate) body styles with the choice of petrol, diesel or HYbrid4 powertrains.
PEUGEOT anniversaries in 2016
120 years since PEUGEOT Automobiles business was established and produced its own engines
115 years since the first PEUGEOT Bebé was launched – it became a ‘style leader’
100 years since PEUGEOT won the Indianapolis Grand Prix for the second time (wins 1913/1916/1919)
80 years since the launch of the 402 (produced as a Limousine, Coupé, Cabriolet and Coach)
75 years since the VLV – the first production electric car
60 years since the launch of the 403 Cabriolet – made famous as the car of ‘Columbo’ on TV
50 years since PEUGEOT won the East African Safari rally for the second time (wins 1963/1966/1967)
50 years since the launch of the 204 Coupé, Cabriolet and Fourgonnette (van)
40 years since the 504 won the Morocco Rally and the 504 V6 Coupé won the Bandama Rally
35 years since PEUGEOT Sport was formed, combining all the skills in one Competitions Department
30 years since the 205 T16 won the World Rally Championship for the second time (wins in 1985/1986)
25 years since the launch of the compact 106
20 years of the Partner (commercial and passenger vehicle) – one of the UK’s best-selling LCVs
PEUGEOT Since 1810 PEUGEOT has been producing durable products of excellence, since 1858 all are branded with the Lion logo – chosen to demonstrate strength, suppleness and swiftness to personify the durability of its products.
As one of the earliest automotive producers, the PEUGEOT brand can trace its roots back to 1889 when it began producing automobiles and since then over 65 million vehicles have been produced, advancing technology with style and efficiency to enhance the customer experience.
Demonstrated through its Brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries, has 10,000 franchised Dealerships and is recognised the world over for the quality and design excellence of its products.