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Old 12-05-2001, 01:05   #1 (permalink)
 
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European Car of the Year 2002

On the eve of its Australian debut, the Peugeot 307 has been voted European ‘Car of the Year 2002’.

Scheduled for release in December, Australian buyers will soon be able to enjoy the 307 in thee model guises; a 1.6-litre, a 2.0-litre and a 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel.

The 307 features outstanding levels of equipment, such as six air-bags, ABS with an Electronic Brake Force Distributor, electric windows and mirrors, climate control, radio/CD, remote central locking and engine immobiliser to name a few.

Now in its 39th year, the judging panel for the award, comprised of 55 specialist motoring journalists representing 21 European countries, favoured the 307 over six other short listed models, chosen from an initial line-up of 29 new cars.

Peugeot feels the award is recognition of its boldness in creating a car with an innovative design and a strong personality, and with class leading levels of safety and standard equipment, it will set a new benchmark in its segment. It is the third such award for Peugeot, following the 504 in 1969 and the 405 in 1988.

Less than seven months after its European launch, customers have already taken to the 307’s originality. To date, in hatchback form alone, 250,000 vehicles have been sold in more than 90 countries throughout the world.

The commercial success is supported by a successful manufacturing base which has produced nearly 270,000 cars in the French factories at Sochaux and Mulhouse. Daily production of the 307 is now at 2000 vehicles, following an increase in production in the first half of the year.

Managing Director of Peugeot Automobiles Australia, Mr. Rob Dommerson, has welcomed the news. “With the imminent Australian release of the 307, and pricing to be announced next week, we are thrilled by this acknowledgement from the European motoring press”.

“At Peugeot we were always sure that the 307’s dynamic character and quality finish would ensure its success. Like the European press, we are confident that our Australian customers will also be impressed by this new model”.
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Old 12-06-2001, 14:02   #2 (permalink)
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I'm really sorry for what I'm about to do as I am a big fan of the 306 and it can be modded to look absolutley stunning , here it goes but.........

IT SO GOD DAM BOARING NOW !!!!!!!

The 306 was one of the best selling cars in Scotland for years and they came out with this , what a let down , it might look better once the introduce the gti-6 but will have to wait and see , as for now ... yes it ahndles well , yes the HDI is one of the best non petrol engines ever , and yes it does carry a certain style but once again what a shame . The main reason is I know Peugeot can do better designs .

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Old 12-06-2001, 14:30   #3 (permalink)
 
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I'm really sorry for what I'm about to do as I am a big fan of the 306 and it can be modded to look absolutley stunning , here it goes but.........

IT SO GOD DAM BOARING NOW !!!!!!!

The 306 was one of the best selling cars in Scotland for years and they came out with this , what a let down , it might look better once the introduce the gti-6 but will have to wait and see , as for now ... yes it ahndles well , yes the HDI is one of the best non petrol engines ever , and yes it does carry a certain style but once again what a shame . The main reason is I know Peugeot can do better designs .

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Great comment mate. A car is more that elelments, it has to bring out emotion!
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Old 12-06-2001, 14:40   #4 (permalink)
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One thing I have to say is it looks too much like the new Civic for my taste (maybe not French enough ,whatever that means ??!!!) but I have my doubts the GTI-6 version will be half as good as the Civic Type R ???? Those Vtecs just scream like a motorcycle engine!!!

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The integra type r just had a face lift and boy is that one impressive piece of kit. The old model went extremely well in Targa ( a modern day tarmac rally) all be it in the hands of a race driver, but boy did the thing rev
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Peugeot Rocked By Triple Recall

A hat-trick of problems has forced Peugeot to issue a three-car recall.
The troubles affect 206, 306 and 406 models, with around 7,700 cars needing checks. Inferior quality cambelts have prompted the 306 and 406 recall. The components should last for 72,000 miles, but the firm fears that many could fail before then.

Meanwhile, the hatchback version of the 306 needs its seatbelts checked as there are fears over a faulty mounting bolt. Finally, some 206s have an incorrect part fitted to the airbag, meaning the safety device might fail to deploy. Peugeot is writing to all affected owners.

Thought this might be of interest!
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I know the build quality is not the best but this is just pushing it a bit , don't know how many you guys have but over here the 306 was very popular!!

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I know the build quality is not the best but this is just pushing it a bit , don't know how many you guys have but over here the 306 was very popular!!

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I always thougth he build quality was reasonablely good on Peugeot. Is this not the case?
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Old 12-08-2001, 10:47   #9 (permalink)
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it should be , but lately people were complaining it was getting "too plastic" and things were not just german enough for them (don't know what there expecting a ??BMW quaulity or what ????)

If you like your french cars , check out a french comedy called Taxi , the race sequences are by the same guy who did Ronin .

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I will do that . I love the Ronin car chase!
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