Comfort and Convenience
Peugeot has a lot to be excited about in 2012. The year marks a decade since the brand officially returned to the South African market as a fully-fledged subsidiary of the French vehicle manufacturer.
However, 2012 also heralds a significant turning point for the company as it focuses on expanding its model line-up with several important new additions.
Since the Peugeot-Citroën alliance, they opened many franchises throughout SA and recently in Namibia.
The good news is that the very capable Pieter Senekal and his strong team, is looking after the Peugeot-Citroen franchise.
Pieter, a well-known businessman always striving for excellent service and perfection, is the MD of the Spes Bona Motor Company and they also sell and service Fiat and Alfa in Namibia. Peugeot’s trend-setting 3008 plays the crossover card to the full by consummately combining previously incompatible characteristics and it links the raised driving position and visibility typical of an SUV to the space and convenience of an MPV.
The cabin boasts superior quality materials throughout, matched to a tangible level of attention to detail. This guarantees premium standards of fit, finish and general ambience.
Rear passengers in particular enjoy excellent levels of interior space, courtesy of the wide body, sculpted front seat frames and the generous 1690 mm distance between the front pedals and the rear seat. Interior refinement is bolstered with the adoption of extensive sound-proofing measures. These include an acoustic front windscreen, a shield on the gearbox controls, the fitment of double front and rear door seals, and specially developed rear suspension dampers.The split-folding rear seats are dropped by means of a simple yet ingenious latch in the boot, or at the top of the seat backs. This allows the standard load capacity of 512 litres to be increased to a capacious 1604 litres.
The model offered to me was the 1.6 THP (Turbo High Pressure) The 1.6 THP petrol engine takes the dynamics of the 3008 to impressive levels. The 1.6 THP is remarkably lively at low engine speeds, and delivers 115 kW of power at 6 000 r/min. It also offers superb flexibility, as its maximum torque of 240 Nm is available from just 1400 rpm.
Once the 3008 becomes better known to the mothers, I can see an increase in sales, for this is surely the best all-round mom`s taxi I have tested.
In line with its unique market positioning, the Peugeot 3008 boasts a staggering array of original technology. The focus of these advanced systems is on improved driving safety, control and convenience. With the aim of setting the benchmark in terms of road holding for high-body vehicles, Peugeot developed an all-new Dynamic Roll Control system (standard on the 1.6 THP and 2.0 HDi). The Peugeot 3008 represents numerous other category firsts, depending on the specific model and execution. These include Head Up Display (HUD), Distance Alert, an automatic electric parking brake and Hill Assist (the latter two standard on all models), and USB/Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, the standard specification list is comprehensive across the board.
The vehicle is offered with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 5-year/ 90,000km service plan. The Peugeot 3008 vehicle is imagination made into a reality. The functions and capabilities of the vehicle are those once only dreamt of, but now a reality on the vehicle. The 1.6 THP tested, retail at N$299,000, 15% Vat included.
For a test drive call the Peugeot showroom @ 061-279 712