Peugeot RCZ Saluted Again as Best Sports Car with a Hat Trick of Diesel Car Magazine Awards

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• Desirable Sports Coupé is top-choice in awards • Third consecutive year for RCZ in DieselCar awards • It out-performs newer competitors to win again



The Peugeot RCZ HDi 163 has again beaten stiff competition to win the much-sought-after DieselCar Sports Car award, out-classing the MINI Roadster and Vauxhall Astra GTC into runner up spots.

DieselCar editor, Ian Robertson, commented on the RCZ, saying: “Its road-hugging stance, curvy shape and swoopy grooved top make it an instant head-swiveller. Performance defines a sports car, while styling delivers the wow factor. The RCZ has both in spades.”

The Peugeot RCZ has many virtues beyond its attractive and curvaceous bodywork.
From its ideal driving position and flowing and modern fascia to the mixture of traditional and hi-tech materials used in the passenger compartment, the RCZ instantly immerses the driver in an elite, sporting environment.

The RCZ is also practical, offering two occasional rear seats whose backrests can be folded to increase the boot, which already has a generous capacity for its segment (from 384 to 760 litres).
Dynamic, elegant and aerodynamic, the style of the RCZ offers a new experience and energy derived from the original concept car architecture. The sensuality of the car’s double-bubble roof and rear windscreen, combine with its two aluminium roof arches to produce its most distinctive features.

Commenting on the awards, Product Manager Mark Blundell, said: “The RCZ turns heads wherever it goes, as does our awards cabinet which is bristling with accolades demonstrating its appeal”.

A sample of accolades attributed to the Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupé:
Top Gear magazine    
Coupé of the Year’ 2010: ‘

The Daily Star newspaper    
‘Best Sports Car’ & ‘Overall Car of the Year’ 2010

Auto Express magazine    
‘Reader’s Design’ Car of the Year 2010
‘Best Sports Coupé’ 2010
‘Best Coupé’ 2011

DieselCar magazine    
‘Sports Car of the Year’ 2010, 2011 & 2012

Sunday Daily Star newspaper    
‘Car of the Year’ 2010

Motors North newspaper    
‘Car of the Year’ 2010

Press Contacts
Andrew Didlick, Communications Director
T: +44 (0)2476 884309 / M: +44 (0) 7836 362859 / E: Andrew.didlick (at) peugeot (dot) com
Kevin Jones, Public Relations Manager
T: +44 (0)2476 884215 / M: +44 (0)7880 786596 / E: kevin.jones (at) peugeot (dot) com
Steven Fahey, Public Relations Manager
T: +44 (0)2476 884216 / M: +44 (0) 7748 704219 / E: steven.fahey (at) peugeot (dot) com
Craig Morrow, Press Fleet Coordinator
T: +44 (0)2476 884261 / M: +44 (0)7747 764745 / E: craig.morrow (at) peugeot (dot) com
Janet Brace, Press Office Coordinator
T: +44 (0)2476 884257 / M: +44 (0)7798 607896 / E: janet.brace (at) peugeot (dot) com

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Peugeot Product Summary – Peugeot RCZ

Launched in June 2010 the Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupé is distinguished by its double-bubble roofline, its curvaceous bodywork and the aluminium roof aches. Available in Sport and GT trim levels with a choice of two petrol (200bhp or 156bhp) engines and the accomplished HDi 163 diesel.
Not necessarily for publication, but for background and awareness;
Recent stories from the Peugeot UK PR Team include;

  •     Diesel-electric hybrids launch soon with the 508 Saloon HYbrid4 & 508 RXH
  •     Sales growth in emerging markets helps international development for Peugeot
  •     Peugeot tackles drop in young driver car ownership by extending just add fuel™ scheme

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News, products & dates coming from Peugeot soon in 2012:

  •     New 508 Saloon HYbrid4 with CO2 at just 95g/km is on sale in June
  •     The new 208 – lighter, smaller, bigger on the inside (than 207) with new 3-cyl engines
  •     Thursday, 27th September - Press Day at the Paris Motor Show

Tim Zimmerman, Managing Director at Peugeot UK, said: “The Peugeot brand is reinvigorated – with a new logo, a new brand signature - ‘Motion & Emotion’ and a portfolio of attractive new products – all capturing the identifiable strengths of the brand – being stylish, of high-quality, durable, affordable and efficient.
“Of course our environmental record is an example to others, and our products continue to be amongst the lowest of low CO2 vehicles. This lead position continues with the recent introduction of the world’s first diesel hybrid – the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 – and with the 508 that also benefits from the HYbrid4 technology.”

Peugeot UK
Peugeot is part of the PSA Group – Europe’s 2nd largest automotive producer - and is one of the nine most popular automotive brands in the world, with sales of over 2m vehicles. Present in 160 countries with over 10,000 dealer-points. In 2010 the Peugeot brand celebrated its 200th anniversary. The Peugeot signature is ‘Motion & Emotion’.

The UK is currently Peugeot’s 4th largest sales market outlet.

Its UK subsidiary has its headquarters in Coventry and it has c240 franchised dealerships.

The product portfolio includes electric (iOn), petrol and diesel cars (107 Compact, 207 its best-selling model (and in June replaced by new 208), the medium-sized 308, 3008 Crossover, 5008 Compact MPV, large 508 and the RCZ Sports Coupé). There are Diesel-electric hybrid vehicles with the 3008 HYbrid4, 508 Saloon HYbrid4 and 508 RXH. Also in the portfolio is MPV ( people carriers (‘Tepee’ range) and vans (Bipper, Partner, Expert & Boxer). Peugeot also has a ‘Mu by Peugeot’ mobility service - for the hire of all of its products, including cycles, scooters, cars, vans and accessories.

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