New Pollution Rules Spell Bargain Motors…

Real savings on new cars are on offer before September 2018 as dealers rush to clear stock that doesn’t meet new emissions rules.

Motorists can save more than a third in the “everything must go” sale, which analysts at online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk say is one of the biggest one-off discount events ever.

The price cuts affect large numbers of car manufacturers. Savings of several thousand pounds are available on cars made by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Seat and Nissan. Continue reading “New Pollution Rules Spell Bargain Motors…”

The technology behind the new Peugeot 508

The Peugeot 508 is packed with up-to-the-minute tech and some features that are class firsts in a bid to get the car on buyers’ shortlists

The devil, they say, is in the detail. And that’s certainly true of the hundreds of small touches that can make or break a new car in the eyes of buyers. This is why Peugeot has packed plenty of technology into the latest 508 – including some features that are new to the class.

The car is based on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, a common set of Continue reading “The technology behind the new Peugeot 508”

New Peugeot 508: lowering the cost of ownership

Peugeot’s UK boss explains how the firm is hoping to lower the cost of owning a new 508

Developing the 508 has taken a major commitment in finances and resources from Peugeot. Selling it – and selling it ‘correctly’ – is going to require similar amounts of patience and resolve.

In these days of fleet sales for businesses and finance deals for everyone else, the residual values of the car are crucial. In effect, a private PCP customer is paying the depreciation over their three Continue reading “New Peugeot 508: lowering the cost of ownership”

How the new Peugeot 508 was developed

PSA’s testing sets out to simulate three years’ use of a car in just a few weeks. We visit the Belchamp facility to witness the regime

Deep within a 1,000-acre site in eastern France, a fleet of 508s is being put through hell. Every minute of every day, for weeks at a time. This is Belchamp, one of PSA’s biggest development sites and the base for not only dynamic evaluation, but also the sort of endurance and quality scrutiny that has helped the firm to transform its image over the past Continue reading “How the new Peugeot 508 was developed”

New Peugeot 508 design: revolution over evolution

We go behind the scenes to see how designers’ virtual drawing board helped take the new Peugeot 508 upmarket

As London was being gripped by Olympic fever in the summer of 2012, Peugeot’s designers were starting work on something that would prove to be a game-changer for them, too.

The ageing 508 would need replacing, but the D-segment in which the car competed was in decline. Yet at the same time, an opportunity existed to move the model upmarket – following plans that were already Continue reading “New Peugeot 508 design: revolution over evolution”

On the road in the new Peugeot 508 SW estate

We join the development team benchmarking the new Peugeot 508 SW estate against premium rivals ahead of 2019 launch

The new 508 hatchback is on sale now – but we’ve already had our first look at its stablemate, the 508 SW estate, which has been revealed ahead of sales starting in early 2019.

The 508 SW is designed to be an estate that scores on desirability as much as practicality, and its design certainly tries to deliver this, with a distinctive, muscular look. This is especially Continue reading “On the road in the new Peugeot 508 SW estate”

New vs old: the Peugeot 508 meets the 504

New Peugeot 508 comes together with the 504 to show the pace of progress

The two cars you see here share a bloodline, but the newer one will inevitably go on to lead quite a different life and write quite a different story in the annuls of all things Peugeot.

Between 1968 and 1983, more than three million examples of the older model, the 504, were built in Europe. Among them were saloons – like the 1979 TI we’ve got our hands on here – estate-bodied Break models, stylish Coupes, Continue reading “New vs old: the Peugeot 508 meets the 504”

‘If Vauxhall wants inspiration, it could do worse than copy Peugeot’

GT X Experimental concept brings new optimism for Vauxhall, and learning from its PSA sibling will help, writes John McIlroy

We’ve had to wait a few months, but this week we finally get our first glimpse of how the future could look for Vauxhall, one of the UK’s best-loved car brands. The new concept, called GT X Experimental, isn’t about to make production tomorrow. But the firm does say its design cues will “cascade across future models” and that its front end will “be the new Continue reading “‘If Vauxhall wants inspiration, it could do worse than copy Peugeot’”

New 2019 Ford Focus ST caught on camera again

Ford already putting the finishing touches on a hot version of the new Focus ST, which has been caught on the road

The next Ford Focus ST has been caught on camera once again, this time on the road and wearing substantially less in the way of a disguise.

For the first time we can see the sportier styling of the next ST, as this mule wears no diversionary ‘zebra print’ wrapping. The design changes over the ST-Line version of the all-new fourth-generation Ford Focus include larger, more Continue reading “New 2019 Ford Focus ST caught on camera again”

New Renault Arkana coupe-SUV named ahead of Moscow reveal

Renault confirms name of new global C-segment crossover, but the Arkana is unlikely to come to the UK

Renault has confirmed that its new C-segment crossover will be called Arkana. Alongside the name confirmation, the French brand has released a teaser image of the forthcoming coupe-SUV.

The image shows a close up shot of the boot lid, with sports tail lights similar in design to the Megane. In the Arkana’s case, they almost run the full width of the car, separated only by the Renault Continue reading “New Renault Arkana coupe-SUV named ahead of Moscow reveal”