10 September 2015

Peugeot Car Production By Model : 2000-09

Production increased 20% from 1999 to 2009 but a dip in 2009 due to economic woes distorts that percentage. From 1998 to 2008 the figure was +47%. No fewer than 12 models debuted in this decade and that explains much of the increase.

The 206 hit some impressive numbers but the downturn hurt its successor, the 207. The 405 enjoyed a revival, mainly in Iran while the new 307 went well. Below the extensive chart the 12 news models are each mentioned briefly.

Yr 4007 607 RCZ 406 504 306 106 806
2000 - 23,509 - 259,491 5,800 271,104 132,470 22,406
2001 - 37,790 - 192,075 4,900 122,860 108,816 19,972
2002 - 27,161 - 125,490 3,100 15,451 67,176 -
2003 - 21,528 - 100,956 3,200 1,248 35,861 -
2004 - 18,076 - 25,887 1,800 264 - -
2005 - 18,771 - 2,568 - - - -
2006 - 9,627 - 3,000 - - - -
2007 8,402 5,983 - 3,072 - - - -
2008 17,764 4,565 - 1,560 - - - -
2009 4,546 909 92 - - - - -

Yr 307 3008 Part 407 5008 Bipp 807 1007
2000 491 - 30,964 - - - - -
2001 307,869 - 55,529 - - - 91 -
2002 528,956 - 46,793 - - - 14,933 -
2003 573,345 - 67,596 679 - - 35,065 56
2004 574,468 - 71,772 164,969 - - 31,178 1,170
2005 507,000 - 74,285 258,795 - - 28,057 73,827
2006 431,441 - 69,822 157,715 - - 23,985 22,613
2007 347,097 - 76,477 127,930 - 29 20,223 11,391
2008 137,772 406 69,927 81,756 - 2,653 13,384 10,396
2009 84,312 64,671 63,859 33,247 21,923 15,423 6,185 4,788

Yr 207 206 308 405 107 Total
2000 - 708,275 - 57,445 - 1,511,955
2001 - 785,986 - 80,030 - 1,715,918
2002 - 811,603 - 123,967 - 1,764,630
2003 - 816,479 - 126,072 - 1,782,085
2004 - 760,350 - 209,184 - 1,859,118
2005 1,007 640,430 - 169,680 34,564 1,808,984
2006 327,089 446,151 100 161,952 101,668 1,755,163
2007 506,630 298,921 106,054 156,768 104,566 1,773,543
2008 480,385 303,440 304,131 194,784 108,187 1,731,110
2009 371,035 360,674 230,435 220,320 116,070 1,598,489

Data source: Freyssenet.com


307: This small car replaced the 306 and while not quite as good a drive, it offered more space and comfort.

807: The new large MPV was larger with improved quality over the 806. It was easy to drive too.

407: This large car was a replacement for the 406 and came as a 4 door, coupé and wagon. It was a nice car to drive but didn't seem to be quite as popular as the previous model.


1007: Based on the 206 platform this was a completely new model. It was a mini MPV with two electronic sliding doors for easier access. It was initially pricey and not that easy to drive around town, while rear seats were a bit cramped as well. So while a bold idea, it failed to fire as production numbers confirm.

107: It replaced the 106 and was made in conjunction with Toyota in the Czech Republic, shared three ways with Citroën. Small city cars are hard to make any on, so three brands using the same car makes sense. While they were economical to run and a fun town car, they are not designed for long journeys.


207: This super mini came in many variants and marked the end of UK production with the 206 model, as a new plant was built in Slovakia. The British public were apathetic about it all but I thought poorly of the decision. It was good to drive although rear room was cramped.

308: The 307 replacement a comfortable car to drive but overall nothing outstanding and design for me was not appealing. That said it was produced in large numbers.

4007: As Peugeot needed an SUV it bought one from Mitsubishi, the Outlander model. It was shared with Citroën and production was planned for the Netherlands. However, sales were very poor and the model was soon dropped and Euro production never commenced. I don't know why it failed so badly.


Bipper: Built in conjunction with Fiat in Turkey, this van - come leisure vehicle is shared with Citroën as well for cost saving. It offers good value and plenty of space, but its van origins means that it is lacking in some refinement.

3008: Called a crossover, the 3008 was a new model that seemed to me to be a mix of hatchback and MPV. The Nissan Qashqai created the crossover segment but it is more SUV. It is a practical car which is easy to drive, but cannot match the Qashqai for sales. I can see why.


5008: Another all new model for Peugoet is this compact MPV. It is comfortable. practical and rides nicely as long as you don't expect sporty too. Production is solid but this segment is not that large and not many car makers bother with it.

Summary: With so many models released this decade, on paper at least it was a very successful period. However, too many models were not that popular and reliability seemed to have become a bugbear for the Lion brand. Profitability became illusive as well as a result. To me Peugeot's planning had become like shooting with a shotgun rather than a rifle. A tighter management style was needed.

For the previous article (1990-99), click here.
For the first in the series (1945-59), click here.

Picture source: Netcarshow.

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