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Estates take pride of place

October 2001: Peugeot gave pride of place to two concept estate versions of its 206 supermini and new 307 models at the Frankfurt motor show - and then confirmed that both models would be built.

Company managing director Frederic Saint-Geours had been tight-lipped over the likelihood of the multi-purpose vehicles going into production.

'Elements of these vehicles may be seen in future production vehicles. I'd say there are design cues as to how an estate version of the 307 might appear,' was all he would say.

However, Peugeot has now said that the 206 estate and two versions of the 307 estate will be launched next year.

Production of the current 306 estate is due to end next year, and speculation was that the high-roofed 307 SW will take its place as a family and fleet model.

The seven-seat car boasts a particularly light and airy interior and its seating is described as multi-adjustable and easily removed.

On a wheelbase 10cm longer than the standard 307, the SW's body is 11cm longer and stands slightly higher to provide more interior space.

In 2003 the 307 line-up will also feature a coupe cabriolet model which will be a four-seater with a similar roof mechanism to the 206 CC. Peugeot is also expected to launch a saloon version of the car in continental Europe.

Asked at the show about Peugeot's performance across European markets this year, Saint-Geours said: 'For the 17 countries we operate in, our sales grew by 10.1% over the eight months to the end of August.

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