• May 25, 2009
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To kick off the launch of the 308 CC, French carmaker Peugeot has enlisted the musical services of the high-heeled female string quartet Bond. Peugeot touts the car as "the only convertible in its class that is adaptable to every season" because of its Airwave Neck Heating System, à la Mercedes-Benz's Air Scarf on the SL Series.

To complement this notion, Bond's services have been retained to record its take on the four concertos that make up Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Think Vivaldi-meets-Ibiza, and you're pretty close. Bond will be begin to leg out a British tour with the car next month, so for now you can read the full press release and watch the video after the jump. Or you can download all of the tracks – after handing over some information and signing up for a newsletter – at www.opentoallseasons.co.uk.



[Source: Peugeot]

PRESS RELEASE

Peugeot is delighted to announce that, to celebrate the launch of its brand new 308 Coupé Cabriolet – the convertible for all seasons - it has commissioned BOND, the all-female multi-million selling original electric string quartet, to write and record a new arrangement of classical music's most popular work – the Four Seasons. The recording is available exclusively through Peugeot's website.

An innovative move, this unorthodox release (four tracks; one representing each of the seasons) makes Peugeot the first car manufacturer to record and release a mini-album exclusively for free download.

The modern interpretation of the Baroque masterpiece has been recorded to mark the launch of the Peugeot 308 CC model - an innovative addition to the Peugeot family with a first-in-its class Airwave Neck Heating System that blows air around the neck, allowing the driver the pleasure of enjoying a convertible all year round.

In lending their genre-defying sound to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, the Bond girls were inspired by their good friend and colleague, Nigel Kennedy. Says viola player, Tania: "We were so happy to be invited by Peugeot to record our take on the Four Seasons. This is our own celebration of one of the greatest and most exciting pieces of music and which all string players adore performing." This also marks the first time Bond unveils its new member, violinist Elspeth Hanson. Elspeth was chosen from hundreds of musicians and is the beautiful and hugely talented violinist who played alongside David Beckham; guitar legend, Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis at last year's handover to Britain at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

British-based Bond (Eos Chater, violin; Elspeth Hanson, violin; Gay-Yee Westerhoff, cello, and Tania Davis, viola) will be staging a string of free live performances as they accompany the Peugeot 308 CC road-show throughout the country (dates include Glasgow, Birmingham and Newcastle). Free of charge to the public, the events promise to live up to Bond's vibrant reputation for delivering its spectacular musical and visual performance.

The launch of the 308 CC brings something new and exciting to the Peugeot portfolio and with its low sporty profile it is the must-have buy of the year for style enthusiasts. The car's four full-size seats capitalise on the renowned strength of the existing 308 range, whilst still embodying the spirit of the highly acclaimed 307 Coupé Cabriolet. But only with the launch of 308 CC can a convertible be enjoyed whatever the weather, as the car's inbuilt air vent diffuses warm air around the occupant's neck - making the Peugeot 308 CC the only convertible in its class that is adaptable to every season.

Bond's new arrangement of Vivaldi's Four Seasons - recorded exclusively for Peugeot from Laura Patel on Vimeo.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's like looking at Cher and/or Celine Dion on one of their acid trips.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...I mean the pictures. I don't have the balls to actually watch the video.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who cares. Four beautiful women dressed like that, who's chosen profession is to stoke their hands back and forth faster than any other women alive....

        I don't care what they are selling. I'll take two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric females eh? I'm all for it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one ugly car. Sorry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And it's too bad none of the music actually syncs with their movements in the video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can create a mini-album for my peugeot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what a hot winter
      other than that the video is kinda lame
      • 5 Years Ago
      These ladies dont have squat on the strings of Rasputina and Melora Creager.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IqHUhDkMXI

      Something about artsy victorian chicks playing rock with cellos between their legs will always be a major turn-on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ditto.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I happed to own all of the Bond albums, and I'm going to have to disagree with you. They can do wonderful things with music.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wanna be a Bond Girl!

      Maybe we could take the group on tour and call it B-ondie !!!
      (sorry about that Debby Harry).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Minor detail: Daimler has Air Scarf on the Mercedes Benz SLK as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does that peugeot look like a pontiac g6 convertable from the side?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. But in all fairness it also looks like the Camry Solaris convertible and the Volvo C70 convertible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm happy for Bond. I'm not really a fan of their new age music sometimes because most of them are just remakes of classical songs or pieces that feel more like movie soundtracks, but I'm glad they exist. I love string instruments and these four have enough talent to take them onto the big stage. Hopefully getting more and more people interested in violins, violas and cellos once more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice video!
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