Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato said the Peugeot 108 will stay in the catalog. The manufacturer would even consider an electric version, more suited to the city. All that remains is to find the right platform.
The days go by and are not alike. After the words of the CEO of PSA, Carlos Tavares, relating to the difficulties in selling electric vehicles, except to “eco addicts” , here is Jean-Philippe Imparato, the president of Peugeot, declares that a city car electric would be a possibility. It would also be quite found since it is the Peugeot 108.
Remember… The Peugeot 108 is part of a trio of city cars made up of the Citroën C1 and the Toyota Aygo.They come from the same factory and share the same technical elements. However, with the new drastic CO2 emission standards imposed by Brussels, car manufacturers are choosing to sacrifice “city cars”, which are too costly to equip with exhaust gas aftertreatment equipment.
So, exit the Peugeot 108? Not for Jean-Philippe Imparato who, in an interview with our British colleagues from Auto Express magazine, confirmed that the city car would remain in the catalog: “We decided a few weeks ago that we will keep the 108 in our range. Why ? Because this car has reasonable success and it is important. In the UK we sell around 6,000 cars a year […] So we’re going to keep the 108 until the customer says, ‘No, guys, we don’t want this anymore.’ ” In the United Kingdom, the Peugeot 108 is sold at € 11,480.
Regarding CO2 emissions, the Peugeot boss indicated that “for the moment, we are at a very positive level of CO2 […] If one day we have to face a huge question in terms of CO2, we will take a another decision. But for now, the market is asking for the car . ”
Asked about the future of the 108, Jean-Philippe Imparato hinted that the next generation will necessarily go through the electricity box: “I don’t see any other solution than using 100% electricity” . But it would be out of the question to reproduce or take inspiration from the Citroën Ami that the CEO of Peugeot finds very “cool”incidentally. For the latter, “the Friend is not a car, it is a device” . Understand an object that complements the smartphone, tablet, wireless headset, etc. Jean-Philippe Imparato adds that “this is the right way to go” for his Citroën colleagues with whom he shares “a common vision in terms of the PSA group, but that each brand writes its own story” .
Towards a sharing of the Fiat 500e platform?
The solution could possibly involve sharing the platform of the new Fiat 500e , unveiled at the – virtual – show in Geneva. As a reminder, the Italian has an electric motor of 87 kW and a battery with a capacity of 42 kWh (320 km of autonomy). But this sharing, if it should take place, can only be done once the merger between Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is completed. Jean-Philippe Imparato stressed that no discussion would take place until this merger was effective. “I don’t study anything around FCA platforms. We are in a period of merger of operations, and at that time, it is forbidden to study anything. I would be happy to discuss after the conclusion of the agreement ” .
Return of the micro-city car, but in electric
It is difficult for car manufacturers to earn money in segment A, that of city dwellers. They prefer to focus on the B segment with more versatile vehicles, such as the Peugeot 208 or Renault Clio, the stars of the segment, or the so-called low cost models like Dacia.
However, the idea of a micro-city is gaining ground. Recently, Renault has finally unveiled an electrified version of its Twingo ZE , cousin of the Smart. Regarding it, the manufacturer only offers electric versions of its ForTwoand ForFour.
In the Volkswagen group, we also decided to electrify the Volkswagen e-Up! , Skoda Citigo e iV and Seat Mii . As for Hyundai / Kia, the South Korean conglomerate is considering an i10, but also an electric Picanto which could be based on a new modular platform developed by Canoo.