An all new large, family car by Peugeot, called the 508, is replacing the 407 and 607 models, launched late last year with production under way. The 508 was officially unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but images of the car were leaked, including shots of the spied car being tested, to the Internet weeks before the event, other information about the 508 were officially released by Peugeot later in the year.
The 508 is going to be build with the help and partnership of Chinese car maker, Dongfeng Motor, as Peugeot plans to sell approximately 65,000 units in China for the first year, which will enter production in China end of this year, as China being the major area of marketing for the 508, as Peugeot is only planning on selling half that number the first year in their home territory of France, will be a first for Peugeot to outsell one of their own cars outside of France.
The 508 shares the chassis that is on the Citroën C5, as both car are being produced in the same plant, theRennes Plant, and in the Chinese market, the plant in Wuhan, China is to be used. A estate version is to be made, called the 508 SW (Station Wagon), the size of the 508 and SW version are to be very similar, both cars are to be about 15 3/4 feet long, but compared to it’s predecessor, the 407, the 508 has a shorter front and less passenger space.
Some features of the 508 are new Dual function Xenon headlights, standard six airbags, two in the front, two in the rear, and two curtain airbags, a very clever ESP that has DSC, EBA, EBD, and TCS, a new McPerson front axle suspension system, the rear has a multi-arm system, the GT trim option comes with double wishbones suspension. Another feature of the 508 is the Peugeot SOS system, for emergency help, examples: illness, attacked, accident, other similar situations and the SOS will automatically alert send an emergency call for help, or just press the SOS button for 3 seconds.
It is said that the 508 is based off the 5 Concept, which was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, just months before the 508 was unveiled, though the 5 is a hybrid, but Peugeot said that the 5 will go into production next year, being a hybrid variant of the new 508.
The 508 is on sale now, except for the Chinese market, which will be end of the year as 2012 models, prices range from the base model, called the Access Trim, that costs $29,860 USD, to the highest trim level, the GT Trim, that costs $47,299 USD.