allcarschannel For the Beijing Motor Show, Peugeot is bringing out its very best variants from the EXALT Concept to the 2008 Hybrid Air. In all, Peugeot is exhibiting 16 production vehicles and concept cars for the largest Chinese Automotive exhibition. (click to enlarge)

In China, Peugeot has a growth rate of 18.6 percent in the first quarter of the year,. which accounted for 85,000 units. Compared to last year, the marque recorded an overall market uptrend of 13.3%. Most popular Peugeot variant for the Chinese is the Peugeot 3008, launched in January 2013. This variant accounted for 52,000 units. The other popular choice the Peugeot 301, launched last November, commanded 23,000 units.

Peugeot EXALT Concept: Fusion of French expertise and Chinese craftsmanship

The Peugeot Exalt Concept, which was most recently presented by the Lion marque, is inspired by the ONYX Concept. With Exalt Concept, Peugeot intends to ignite the art of the French motor car from the twenties and thirties, with its bare steel bodywork hand-formed by a master panel beater. This unique item seizes the historical cues that excite automobile passion.

At a glance, the Concept presents a clean cut (coupe franche), separating bare steel from an innovative material, Shark Skin, which is red and which covers the whole rear end of the vehicle. On the inside, the saloon, with four doors and four individual seats, offers the traditional Chinese craft of working in wood, a quite exceptional field for expression. Accordingly, Macassar ebony, selected for the area in Asia where it grows and its warm color, which covers the upper parts of the door panels, has been worked on by a pair of Chinese artists. The trio PINWU Design agency created a motif combining a lion with bamboo stems and leaves. A Chinese craftsman sculpted it using a traditional technique for creating prints on fabric and paper. Secure in their bucket seat, the driver has the use of the Peugeot i-Cockpit, designed for complete driving enjoyment. Hence, the Exalt is a fusion between French expertise and Chinese craftsmanship.

The Exalt Concept is equipped with a plug-in HYbrid4 drive train with a total power of 340bhp, made up of a 1.6-liter THP 270bhp engine, coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a 50kW electric motor in the rear axle, allowing four-wheel drive.

Next up is the 2008 Urban Crossover which appeared in Malaysia in January, courtesy of the folks at Nasim. Worldwide, Peugeot is confident that the 2008 should garner some 221,000 units by 2015.

For the French Open at Roland-Garros. Peugeot is presenting, for the third year in a row, three special editions: the 3008, 508 and 308 CC Roland Garros. These special editions, fully equipped, benefit from the dual impact of the 30th anniversary of PEUGEOT’s partnership with the tournament at the ‘Porte d’Auteuil’ and the appointment of world no.2 tennis player Novak Djokovic as an ambassador.

Peugeot RCZ R is a Testament to Performance and Efficiency

The Peugeot RCZ R is the Lion marque’s testament to performance and efficiency. A few months after its first presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the RCZ R, the high performance version of the RCZ Sports Coupé, emblematic of the Brand’s expertise in design and driving sensations, is one of the major highlights at the Beijing show. The RCZ R is powered by a 1.6-liter, 270bhp turbo engine with well contained CO2 emissions of just 145g/km.

Peugeot stand impressions at Beijing Motor show