• Jun 26, 2010
Peugeot's new executive-class sedan has spotted getting ready for a likely photoshoot in Madrid, wearing nothing but a car cover. Given the timing, we're guessing the new 508 sedan will get its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September and then go on sale late this year or in early 2011.
The 508 will likely share most of its underpinnings with the Citroen C5 and be powered by range of engines, starting with a gasoline 1.6-liter inline-four,and topping out with a 3.0-liter 240-horsepower diesel V6. The 508 is also expected to be available with Peugeot's new Hybrid4 through-the-road hybrid system.

This uses an internal combustion engine with a conventional transmission at the front wheels and an electric motor and battery for the rear axle. It's mechanically simpler than power-split systems like those from Toyota, and it offers on-demand all-wheel-drive.

[Source: Autoblog.IT, 1Minutocoches]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Altima anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The larger Peugeots of late have been quite handsome. Question is, do we need another brand and all its distribution problems on top of the now well established imports, besides the Italians coming to the remaining Chrysler/Dodge stores?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We do have a Renault/Nissan compact that's quite a bargain if size is your criteria; otherwise not quite as good as the competition. Nissan itself isn't as robust as its Japanese competitors It takes a lot to establish a brand. Infiniti has never really gotten off the ground like Lexus and Acura, maybe because its advertising started so nebulously that it didn't establish a positive identity. Reduced overall sales volume weighs against wedging another brand into a successful sales position. Don't look for the French to return, and I don't give the Italians much chance either. Their quality has always been sketchy; still is today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is that French automakers aren't quite good enough to match Germans in quality and image (high end engine choice counting a lot for the latter) and if they want to compete against Koreans/Japanese, they can't match the price ... unless they settle production in the US with adapted product, means big $$$ in investment and they don't want to get there.
        Only Renault could used the Korean Samsung range that could fit the US market, quite easily, but Peugeot/Citroen/Renault Europe don't really have US adapted products. And no one wanted americanised Euromodels like in the 80's, that just wouldn't work
        • 4 Years Ago
        We've lost a lot of brands lately, and 'European' in the US means almost exclusively 'German" until you go super high end. I'd love to have more choice in that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love big french sedans
      they are a nice refreshment from the german ones

      and the citroen c6 for instance, looks a lot more majestic than any german one, not too mention more confortable ^^
        • 4 Years Ago
        The C6 is dreamy and icy cool miles above any German luxo barge. Wish I could drive one here in the US (sigh)...
        • 4 Years Ago
        don't worry
        i live in europe, but can still not drive it lol

        sometimes i have the pleasure of seeing some old geezer slide around with it, but that's it :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a shame that the interior quality of the C6 is not on par with its German "counterparts" (if there is any), whereas the more recent and smaller C5 is. The Renault Vel Satis was better inside (IMO) but ugly when it comes to exterior styling. Both were amazingly comfortable and uber safe, but didn't sell for many reasons: no high-end engine and rather average reliability, resulting in a poor image of French brands in this category.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love Peugeots- always have. One of the cars I once owned that I wish I had never traded was an '89 405. That said, there are plenty of reasons why French cars do not sell in the USA; why they pulled out with their tails between their legs in 1991 (in Peugeot's case).

      First and foremost was arrogance on the part of the corporate structure- THEY knew, not the Americans at the distributor in New Jersey- what Americans wanted- which would explain why my 405 had power door locks but no power windows even available on the model (DL) that I had. THEY knew what colors Americans wanted, not the boots on the ground here. THEY knew (!) that Americans wouldn't object to having to wait 3 or 4 weeks to get a new radiator tank shipped to the dealer from France because they didn't stock that particular part in their warehouse in New Jersey. That and fit and finish (in the 80's, can't comment on what it's like now) that would have embarrassed GM or Hyundai in that era. Plus, in the late 80's, the exchange rates made Peugeots quite overpriced for what you got.

      That said, NOBODY knows how to make a car more comfortable than the French- not Cadillac, not Lincoln, not Lexus, not Infiniti, and CERTAINLY not the Germans. An average French car has a combination of ride smoothness and seat comfort that has to be experienced to be believed- and lest some kid here think that because they were smooth and comfortable cars, they did NOT handle like an 80's Lincoln Town Car; they did quite well on curvy roads- different than a German car or Italian car, but certainly acceptible to 99.9% of all drivers.

      My particular dealership's service department bent over backwards to keep me happy with my car, and I was. No Lexus, Lincoln or Inifiniti dealer could have- or would have- treated me any better as a customer who's car had issues (and being French, I did not expect Honda or Toyota reliability- didn't even expect Big Three reliability, and I didn't get it, either) when I got the car.

      But I loved the thing, remember it quite fondly, and would be first in line for a new Peugeot if they ever get their craniums out of their rectums and return to the USA with a valid effort.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To bad we haven't got this brand since the 80's, the little hatchbacks I heard are fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem is Americans never forget bad things in cars (Diesel engines executed from gasoline based ones by GM in 80-th; poor reliability of some Italian and French brands in the same time) but refuse to accept new era of globalized auto industry with extremely high reliability when not only American and European brands are pretty much close to Japanese and German ones, but Korean ones lately provide very thorough standard equipment beside of dependability. Now it's a matter of time when Chinese and Indian brands will be even better values than Korean ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks better than the current 607, which I always thought was awkwardly proportioned and fussy. Also not a great car from I've read.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very Nissan G esque.
      I think "esque" is French.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty nifty. Looks like another great step for this legendary car maker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need to see the front before judging.
      If it is headlights the size of a football pitch as usually, then no thanks.
      We need proportion please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rear door styling is similar to Lexus GS. Hmm just my IMO. I have to see the whole thing to judge tho.
        • 4 Years Ago
        think Nissan Infinti

        the Altima and the G35 started that and afterwards Buick and other have jumped in
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, looks like a Nissan to me too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's hard to judge how it looks, but from this view it looks a lot like the Insignia/Regal to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Need more than that one pic to get a feel for what it really looks like, but from the rear it reminds me of a BMW 7 series mixed in with a Toyota Avalon.
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