French automaker Peugeot has had an interesting back and forth lately when it comes to its flagship model. The big 607 sedan was discontinued a couple of years back due to lackluster sales, replaced by the new 508 that also succeeded the smaller 407 sedan. Then reports began sprouting up that the Lion marque was planning on turning that into a crossover wagon similar to the approach taken by Audi with the A6 Allroad or Volvo with the XC70.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is always a big event for Peugeot, which has used the occasion to show off interesting vehicles like the 308 hybrid HDi and the Flux in 2007 and the BB1, the 5008 minivan and the RCZ sport coupe in 2009. For 2011, Peugeot announced today it will bring two world debuts – the 508 RXH diesel hybrid and the HX1 plug-in hybrid concept – neither of which is as mind-bending as the BB1. That's probably a good thing.