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Peugeot to launch new small car

PEUGEOT will launch an all-new small car next year, claiming class-leading safety features and electric sliding doors as standard.

The Peugeot 1007 (pictured) – pronounced one thousand and seven – will be a new model in the line-up and also is the first one to use two zeros in its model designation.

The four-seater was designed to take account of the growing number of alternatives in the supermini segment to the traditional three-door and five-door hatchback.

Peugeot chief executive Frédéric Saint-Geours said the number of 'monospace' vehicles in the sector has grown from 1.6% in 1998 to 8.2% in 2003.

'This is not a replacement for any vehicle in the existing Peugeot line-up,' said Saint-Geours.

'We wanted a useful and innovative vehicle which would free the customer from day-to -day stress by making life easier and a car suitable for everyone.'

The 1007 is based on Peugeot's Sésame concept car shown at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, and access is gained through one of two electric sliding doors which can be opened using a switch inside the car or a button on the key fob.

There will be a choice of 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engines with an automated manual transmission optional on the former and standard on the latter. A 1.4-litre HDi version with a five-speed manual will also be available.

The 1007 will have seven airbags as standard and options will also include full colour map satellite navigation.

Customers will be offered a choice of 12 interchangeable interior colour schemes, including zipped seat centres, dashboard shelves, air vent surrounds and door trims, with every UK buyer given two different ones when they receive the car.

Full specification and prices will be revealed nearer its launch.

  • See Fleet NewsNet next week for more details on the Peugeot 1007.

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