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Peugeot 308 Millesim 200 launched

Sat, 05 Jun 2010

The Peugeot 308 Millesim

Car makers love to bang on about anniversaries. It gives them something to hold on to in a world which is beginning to be dominated by car makers with no history. Actually, that’s a bit harsh. There are some great car making histories around, and this year includes stuff like the 75th Anniversary of Jaguar and Alfa Romeo’s Centenary.

So it’s no surprise that Peugeot are busy chucking out models to commemorate their 200th Anniversary. 200 years – did Peugeot quietly invent the car 90 years before Herr Benz? No, but the company – then a cycle maker – did spring in to life 200 years ago and it’s also a remarkable 119 years since they first produced a car.

So they’ve earned the right to celebrate their longevity. We’re being treated to a pile of new models including this, the Peugeot 308 Millesim. Now we may be being thick, but we’re not sure what the ‘Millesim’ refers to – it seems to be made up. The closest we can come is ‘Millésimé’ which is used to denote a Vintage Year (in wine production). Maybe that’s it. Anglicised for us thick Brits

So, the Peugeot 308 Millesim. You get a choice of two petrol and two diesels and Peugeot will chuck in a Nokia 5230 with SatNav and dash mounting if you stump up this month.

The 308 Millesim is based on the 5-door 308 S hatchback and gets additional kit such as 16″ alloys, a sport grill and back bumper, full body-coloured exterior and the Peugeot Connect USB/Bluetooth connectivity. You also get the required ‘Millesim 200′ badging.

The Peugeot 308 is a good car – as we discovered when we reviewed the basis for the 308 Millesim recently, the Peugeot 308 S – in a soft, roomy and easy to drive package. The Millesim 200 seems to be at around a £500 premium to the standard 308 S,  so not a fortune.

Decent offering

By Cars UK