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Peugeot 206 - A Legend Grows - Sixth Model in 200 Series Officialy Unveiled

20 July, 1998

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Peugeot has confirmed September 10, 1998 as the official world wide launch date for its recently announced 206 range.

Arriving in Australia late next year the 206 is the latest in a long line of compact Peugeots in the "200" series, the latest, and many would argue so far the greatest, being the legendary 205.

Based on an all-new platform the 206 Combines technical innovation, ultra modern visual appeal and the traditional Peugeot qualities of superb handling, comfort and performance.

Although only 3.83 metres long and 1.65 metres wide the 206 boasts the space, levels of active and passive safety, drivability, comfort and quietness normally associated with much larger cars.

The 206 represents an overall investment of AUD$1 .8 billion by Automobiles Peugeot, close to 30 percent of which relates to plant and equipment.

More than AUD$280 million has gone towards a factory extension and new manufacturing facilities at Peugeot's Ryton plant in Coventry, U.K where Australian 206s will be built.

The local 206 range will offer a choice of three and five door models powered by a 65 kW, fuel-injected, 1.6-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

Final pricing is yet to be finalised but according to Shane Priest, managing director of Peugeot Concessionaires Australia, "Sharp pricing and superior equipment levels combined with good looks and outstanding dynamics will generate strong appeal for 206 in the extremely competitive small hatch segment."


As well enthusiasts will welcome a successor to the legendary 205 GTI in the shape of the 2.0-litre, three-door-only 206 GTI.

Following more than 5,000,000 sales world-wide the compact 205 added a new dimension to Peugeot's appeal through the 1980s and early '90s with successive evolutions of the 205 GTI setting new performance benchmarks.

Boasting 100 kW of power and 184 Nm of torque the manual-only 206 GTI will continue the high- performance tradition.


The 206 project (internally coded TI) commenced early 1993 with studies transferred to scale models 12 months later and full scale clay models presented soon after.

In creating the 206 design chief Murat Gunak and his team at The Peugeot Style Centre aimed to produce a car that is "innovative and seductive". Above all it needed to be "a striking car to lock at, capable of arousing emotions in even the most casual passers by".

But stunning looks have not compromised practicality. The 206 is the result of a design process which developed the car around its occupants and the many uses they will put it to.

Despite its compact dimensions the 206 offers generous passenger and cargo space as well as numerous storage compartments, a folding rear seat and a three-mode modular front passenger seat.

The glove box which can accommodate a shoebox (30 cm x 17 cm x 11 cm) features a lid with different mouldings to accept a pen, a small card (parking, payment, etc), a pair of glasses, coins and two cups. At the back of these a flat area is provided for on-board paperwork.

Ergonomics are outstanding with major and minor interior components designed with ease of use and clear visibility as top priorities. The sleek dash fascia panel and hooded instrument binnacle were inspired by motorcycle design.

Noise levels are minimised through the use of a complex bituminous-absorbent moulding treatment of the cabin face of the fascia. A heavy insulation layer is also applied to the bulkhead, the body sides and the forward section of the floor as far as the base of the centre console.
At the rear the floor is covered with a 20 mm thick bituminous quilting up to the cross member below the front seat and the central tunnel is wrapped with an acoustic moulding.

The total glass area (2.96 in2) is large for a car in this class and the expanse of the raked windscreen provides outstanding visibility.

And the 206 is the first Peugeot to be developed on a "product life" basis rather than simply a project basis. This means the 206 will be tracked through its commercial cycle to ensure the relative dynamic and functional standards achieved at launch are maintained through the life of the model.


As well the 206 is the first new model produced by the PSA (Peugeot Citroen) group whose architecture and development was completely processed via digital modelling.

This "simultaneous engineering" system enables separate teams to work together at the same time on product and production processes. By rigorous treatment of the smallest item, quality is guaranteed from origination of the car to its final assembly.


For Peugeot the first aspect of safety is avoiding crashes and it is principally the specification of the suspension components and their performance which determines behaviour on the road.

The 206 is fitted standard with power-assisted steering and a height-adjustable steering wheel.

Suspension is a pseudo MacPherson strut type front with wishbones and trailing arm at the rear.

Shock absorbers are a new pressurised-gas (nitrogen) type. All versions feature load-sensitive servo-assisted braking with ventilated front discs.


From the first 206 concept the car's rigid structure was provided with "controlled-collapse" safety zones and special reinforcements to ensure the protection of the occupants.

In Australia the car will offer a combination of standard and optional driver, front passenger and side airbags. As well the front seat belts feature pyrotechnic pre-tensioners, height adjustment and a torsion bar force limiter. The front seats boast a reinforced frame and seat cushion sculpted to minimise occupant submarining under the seatbelt in a crash.
All materials used in the passenger compartment are "shock-designed" to avoid the creation of aggressive areas in the event of breakage and the 50-litre fuel tank is mounted in an impact protected zone under the rear seats and ahead of the rear suspension cross-member.

In case of a side impact the heavy-section B-pillar is mounted solidly and has a reinforced tie to the roof panel. Each of the doors incorporates a welded "Omega shaped" component at its extremities to spread loads and minimise impact intrusion.


The PSA (Peugeot Citroen) group, with public authorities and other industries concerned, signed the French Framework Agreement on the appraisal of cars at the end of their life in March 1993.

The commitments encompass the design phase of the vehicle with recyclability treated with the same importance as safety, comfort or performance.

Identification, accessibility and removeability of recyclable parts has been optimised and many non visible parts, for example wheel housing inner guards and other components made from polypropylene and polyethylene are themselves made from recycled material.

The 206 is designed to meet requirements for the Framework Agreement for 2002 - that at the end of its life the amount of final waste produced from the car should be less than 10 percent of the vehicle's weight.

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