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2009 Peugeot 308 CC

A Cabriolet for all Seasons

A proven track record.
Flash back . to the Geneva Motor Show in 1998, where Peugeot's vision of driving pleasure took on a new form in the shape of the 20-love concept car generating emotion, admiration and desire .

Memories of the elegant 401, 601 and 402 ‘Eclipse' models of the 1930s were stirred, reviving Peugeot's close association wîth a motoring concept based on driving as the mood takes you, in Coupé or Cabriolet configuration, through the ‘magic' of a retractable rigid roof that folds into the boot space.

The years 2000 and 2003 saw this expertise developed further wîth the 206 CC 2+2 and the 307 CC wîth four full size seats, popularising a concept which was considered elitist accessible to the all in the 21st Century. The successors to that first generation have already appeared, wîth the 207 CC and now the 308 CC, which received its premiere at the Paris Motor Show. By the end of November 2008, Peugeot had produced some 650,000 Coupé-Cabriolets for enthusiasts of this lifestyle motoring concept, making Peugeot the world leader in this body style.
Since the launch of the 307 CC in 2003, the structure of the lifestyle market in the M1 §egmènt has undergone a number of profound changes. Recently, cabriolets wîth a retractable rigid roof have become more popular than vehicles wîth a more vulnerable ‘soft top'. For the majority of customers, the 307 CC is the household's main car. It is chosen for its clever design and for its elegance, but is also greatly appreciated in daily use for its comfort, specification and ride quality. The 308 has already replaced the 307 hatchback and SW versions, offering all the benefits of its successor while at the same time imposing its new identity, modern feel and strong personality.
In the same vein, the 308 CC wîth its four full-size seats capitalises on all the original benefits of the 308, but still embodies the ‘307 CC' wîth Peugeot's Coupé-Cabriolet expertise. Attracting customers by touching their ‘emotional chord' through its attractive design: ‘a Cabriolet for all seasons', the 308 CC is one of the stars of the Geneva Motor Show. An attractive design.

With its balanced forms, both in Coupé and Cabriolet configurations, the 308 CC cuts an elegant figure: modern and dynamic, wîth a graphic style emphasised even further by light reflecting contours – an exceptional vehicle wîth a strong temperament that clearly shows its allegiance to the world of prestige Coupé Cabriolets; Low-slung, wîth an aerodynamically positioned front windscreen, a deeply profiled lower front panel, generously sculpted sides wîth chrome bead decorating the windows, prominent haunches, an original bootlid and spectacular LED rear lights featuring curtain of red light technology, the 308 CC is certainly not lacking in personality.

The exclusive passenger compartment has an undeniable personality, creating the impression of a grand touring car. The sculpted front seats wîth their integral head restraints have an inbuilt ‘Airwave' warm air diffuser which provides warm air around the occupants neck. The rear seats mirror this distinctive design and offer rear accommodation that is surprisingly generous for a Cabriolet.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 94 hp
Torque: 100 ft-lbs

5-speed Manual, 6-speed Manual
The door panels also have an exclusive design, incorporating an elegant and robust metallic inner door handle. The sports §teering wheel, special finish of the instrument panel and the ‘black lacquer' centre console complete this sylish up-market thémé.

In terms of the ‘sporty' or ‘haute couture' feel of the car, the 308 CC is trimme wîth dynamic fabrics, leather or the excusite ‘integral leather' trim. This now extends to the entire passenger compartment which is rare in this §egmènt. In Black, Vintage or Beige, the attractive interior trims differ according to the range of body colours: fashionable Pearlescent White, subtle ‘Terre d'Ombre' (dark brown) wîth an orange spangled effect, and also the established favourites: blue, red, black and grey are available.

A typical CC specification
Meticulously designed to enhance the day-to-day comfort and convenience of its occupants, the 308 CC offers a multitude of ‘everyday' benefits oriented to the best Coupé-Cabriolet lifestyle.

A fully automatic retractable roof
Taking centre stage, the fully automatic retractable roof can transform in 20 seconds and its operation can be viewed on the colour display, turning the car into a dynamic coupé or an elegant cabriolet according to the mood of its occupants.

In harmony wîth the seasons.
The cabriolet configuration can even be enjoyed in cold weather, whether it's making the most of early spring, saying no to winter or driving wîth the roof down in beautiful snow bound landscapes. Peugeot offers all these pleasures to the occupants of the 308 CC, thanks to its protective architecture, its intelligent air conditioning (which adapts its operation to the Cabriolet body shape), heated seats, its windstop and. its remarkable ‘Airwave' system built into the front seats, which acts like a scarf by diffusing warm air that can be adjusted for temperature, flow and direction.

Excellent vibration damping
Inside the 308 CC an excellent structural rigidity reduces any vibrations that might affect §teering, rear vision or seat comfort. This is the result of carefully placed structural reinforcements: through specific dampers and structural bracing ... In short, the 308 CC offers a highly rigid structure and excellent vibration damping demonstrating Peugeot's Coupé-Cabriolet expertise.

Low interior noise levels
An indispensable ingredient of comfort and convenience inside the car, the low interior noise levels of the 308 CC in its Coupé configuration will clearly set the vehicle apart from its competitors.

Space all around
As a Coupé-Cabriolet wîth four full size seats, the 308 CC benefits from wider wheel tracks and a wider body compared to the 307 CC, as well as a front seat structure which offers both generous leg room to the rear occupants and provides a good amount of space to all occupants of the vehicle.

A real sensation of tranquillity in the passenger compartment.
. 5 EuroNCap stars for adult protection
The 308 CC is designed to create a real sensation of tranquillity in the passenger compartment. The structure is robust and designed to withstand and dissipate front and side impact energy. It is also supplemented by innovative and intelligent means of restraint that the Cabriolet body shape dictates. They include a chest/pelvis side airbag built into the front seats and exclusively a side head airbag which is a world first, guaranteeing effective protection of all vital parts of the body regardless of seat position. Within a few milliseconds of the risk of a rollover being detected (less than the time taken to blink an eye), rear active ‘pop-up' pyrotechnic roll-over protection bars create a passenger survival cell wîth the strengthened windscreen pillars designed for this eventuality. Further further typical CC features and equipment testifying to the ability of the 308 CC to anticipate its occupants' needs include .
• automatic remote-control locking of interior storage compartments (glove box and storage under the central armrest)
• deadlocking of doors and selective unlocking ∙ (practical for parking ‘open')
• centralised control of all four windows.
• the special ‘rear seat access' function wîth electrically-operated seats.
• LED courtesy lighting in the door mirrors.
.and not forgetting a usable boot wîth dedicated storage spaces (including one under the boot carpet for the optional windstop), laid out to resemble a presentation box. Its capacity (VDA method) is 403 dm3 in the Coupé
configuration and 226 dm3 under the windstop in the Cabriolet configuration (or 465-litres and 266-litres respectively in ‘liquid' equivalent).
Finally, to make the journey even more pleasant .
• a wide range of WIP (World In Peugeot) accessories are available o WIP sound, MP3 CD audio system o WIP BluetoothTM, MP3 CD audio system, ÚSB connector and hands-free kit. o WIP Nav, a user-friendly satellite navigation system offering a MP3 CD audio system, Bluetooth functionality and satellite navigation wîth a retractable 7″ 16/9 colour display. o WIP Com 3D , a top-of-the-range satellite navigation system wîth a 40 GB hard disc and a Juke Box function, MP3 CD audio system, integral mobile phone, Bluetooth functionality, ÚSB connector and a retractable, high-resolution 7″ 16/9 colour screen wîth a 3D display. It also provides access to Peugeot's telematic services.
• the JBLTM Hi-fi pack wîth 10 speakers offers a made-to-measure sound system which recognises and adapts to the Cabriolet configuration. On the road, dynamism, security and enjoyment Two dynamic and flexible engines Two dynamic and flexible engines power the 308 CC through a six speed manual gearbox. unless an automatic gearbox is preferred. They are a 1.6-litre THP 110kW (150 bhp) turbocharged direct injection petrol engine wîth a torque of 240Nm at 1400rpm, and a 2.0-litre HDi FAP Euro 5 103 kW (140bhp) diesel engine wîth a torque of 320Nm at 2000 rpm, both very economical and environmentally-friendly.
And in a few months time two basic level Euro 5 engines wîth a highly sophisticated specification:
• the 1.6-litre VTi 88kW (120bhp) – 160Nm at 4250rpm – five-speed manual gearbox
• the 1.6-litre HDi FAP 82kW (112bhp) – 270Nm at 1750rpm – six-speed manual gearbox Efficient road holding
The 308 CC combines motoring enjoyment wîth efficient road holding . The wide wheel tracks, the lowered ride height and high-performance suspension specially developed for this body style give the 308 CC excellent potential, together wîth a real sense of security for the driver. The large 302 x 26mm disc brakes are an equal match to the performance of the engines. This is combined wîth an ESP system that watches over the occupants at all times.

Source - Peugeot

Changes to the 308 range

Driving pleasure expectations and environmental requirements Almost one year after the launch of the saloon and six months after the arrival of the SW version, Peugeot continues to enhance the 308 range to meet changes in customer expectations in terms of driving pleasure and in terms of environmental requirements.

Accordingly, the 1.6 l THP 110 kW (150 h.p.) engine in the 308 saloon is now coupled to the Group's all-new six-speed mechanical manual gearbox. Built to ambitious specifications in terms of precision, robustness and compactness, the 'MCM' (in-house code name for Mechanical Compact Manual) gearbox provides maximum driving pleasure wîth the 308. This new 308 version also benefits from an improved carbon footprint. In this respect, it is equipped wîth Michelin Energy Saver tyres. These tyres were launched as an exclusive feature on the 308 in 2007 and offer very low rolling resistance. In addition, this 308 model only consumes 7.0 l / 100 km and only emits 165 g/km of CO2 under combined cycle driving conditions.

Staying on the subject of environmental efficiency, the 308 saloon range is now enhanced wîth a third vehicle version that only emits 120 g/km of CO2, wîth even lower fuel consumption of 4.5 l / 100 km under combined cycle driving conditions.

In fact, as the core engine in the 308 saloon range and depending on the equipment level, the 1.6 l HDi FAP 80 kW (110 h.p.) engine is now available wîth two types of mechanical manual gearboxes: the six speed 'MCM' that appeared during the year wîth this engine, or a five speed gearbox of the 'Electronic Control' type. Thanks to this gearbox and its gear ratios specially designed to optimise fuel consumption, the 308 saloon is able to achieve this particularly low emissions rating for a M1 §egmènt salon equipped wîth a particulate filter.

Still on the 308 saloon, the 2.0 l HDi FAP engine matched wîth the six speed manual mechanical gearbox now achieves a CO2 emissions level of 140 g/km wîth the adoption of Michelin Energy Saver tyres. It is also worthwhile noting that the 308 SW 1.6 l HDi FAP 80 kW (110 h.p.), equipped wîth the six speed manual mechanical gearbox and a glass roof now emits only of 130 g/km of CO2 under combined cycle driving conditions (for 4.9 l / 100 km) wîth Michelin Energy Saver tyres. This means that it is eligible for the 200 euros eco-bonus in France. These changes further enhance one of the 308's major strengths, i.e. its broad range of state-of-the-art and high performance power trains that make major contributions to each car's environmental efficiency. This 'eco-efficiency' is still a rare commodity in this vehicle §egmènt and is the result of Peugeot's quest, from the very start of the project, to achieve the highest environmental efficiency for the vehicl by paying utmost attention to aerodynamics and by adopting Michelin low rolling resistance tyres.

Finally, the 308 range now offers the WIP Nav system. This is the very latest and very competitive onboard navigation system wîth a large 7' 16/9 colour display, Europe-wide maps on SD cards and Bluetooth® hands-free telephone equipment.

The 308's styling, its half-height architecture contributing to interior space and onboard comfort, its build quality and also its class leading road holding and safety protection all represent major advantages that have resulted in almost 385 000 units being produced up to the end of October 2008 in all body shape versions.

Source - Peugeot
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