Faurecia, Bosch help make the new Peugeot 208 greener, roomier
With help from Robert Bosch and Faurecia, Peugeot has cut weight and improved engine efficiency in the new 208. The subcompact offers CO2 emissions as low as 87 grams per kilometer in variants with its 1.4-liter diesel compared with a low of 110g/km for versions with the 1.4-liter diesel in the subcompact's predecessor, the 207. Robert Bosch supplies the common-rail diesel-injection system for the 1.4-liter unit, which offers fuel economy as low as 3.2 liters per kilometer (73.5 U.S. mpg). By using Bosch's direct injection systems, 208s with Peugeot's 1.0-liter gasoline engines have a top fuel economy of 3.7 liters per kilometer (63.6 U.S. mpg) and CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. Bosch also supplies the new Peugeot subcompact with its window lift motors as well as the front and rear wiper systems.
Faurecia, which is controlled by Peugeot parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, supplies various emissions control systems to the 208 including the diesel particulate filter for the 1.6-liter engine; close-coupled converters for the 1.0-, 1.2- and 1.6-liter gasoline engines; as well as the maniverter and hot-end assembly for the 1.4- and 1.6-liter gasoline units.
In addition to this, the French partsmaker sources the front bumper for 208s assembled in France; front and rear bumpers for the version assembled in Slovakia; as well as various interior and seat components that help to contribute significantly to the interior offering a 500mm increase in legroom for the rear passengers and 15 liters of extra trunk space compared with the 207. These gains come despite the overall vehicle being 70mm shorter and 10mm shorter than the 207.
The 208 has electric power steering from by JTEKT of Japan. The power assist unit is attached to the pinion shaft of the steering gear and located in the engine compartment to reduce noise in the passenger compartment and allow the use of higher assist forces.
Peugeot started making the 208 at its plant in Poissy, France, in January 2012 and began production at its factory in Mulhouse, France, in October 2012. The subcompact also is being made at Peugeot's factory in Trnava, Slovakia. IHS Automotive forecasts 208 output will peak in 2013 at 191,150 units from the three plants.