Welcome additions helping both the local and global environments at the same time as the countries largest automobile manufacturer.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG
– Dec. 23, 2008
Peugeot 308 5-door hatch.
Peugeot welcomed the President of France's recent announcement to encourage the replacement of vehicles 10 years old or older by way of a €1,000 bonus ($1,392 USD at today’s currency exchange rate) going towards the purchase of a new vehicle with CO2 emissions of 160 g/km or less. This bonus is being offered by the government with the aim of withdrawing the country's oldest vehicles from circulation in an effort to reduce smog forming and CO2 emissions plus help the countries main automobile manufacturer, Peugeot.
Currently, 63% of Peugeot passenger vehicles are eligible for the Government rebate which includes a multitude of both gasoline and diesel engine models.
Peugeot is taking the program a step further by offering the same rebate to encompass passenger vehicles as little as 8 years old that were recently traded in. Another twist is the rebate will be offered on removal of said 8 + year old vheicles for the purchase of a recently traded in “Used” Peugeot that meets the same CO2 emissions criteria.
Peugeot’s plan will be supported by a national advertising initiative while possibly highlighting one of its top selling models. That being the recently updated 308 w/ the available 110 HP, 1.6L HDI turbo-diesel. Designed for environmental efficiency, this 308 variant has been enhanced with better aerodynamics and lower rolling resistance by including Michelin’s Energy Saver tires. All in, this new 1.6L HDI equipped 308 is rated at 52.3 mpgUS combined on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) with its standard 6-speed manual transmission. This would be a welcome addition to replace an 8 + year old automobile with just two-thirds or less the fuel economy and possibly up to 10 times the SMOG forming emissions.
Peugeot 308 5-door hatch