They say that in the last 113 years of motoring the company has been responsible for 10 ‘world firsts’. These include being the first maker to fit rubber tyres to a petrol engined four wheel car way back in 1892, the first engine to have two overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder in 1912, the first convertible car to have an folding roof in 1934, the first diesel car in the world to have a particulate emission filter as standard and now the 1007, the first car in the world to feature two front electric sliding doors.
Another innovative feature is the ‘Cameleo’ personalising interior system. This allows owners to choose the trim and décor of their 1007 from 12 individual kits. Each kit consists of 18 parts ranging from fascia panel mats, to air vent covers to door panels to seat covers. Peugeot say this will allow customers to freshen up or change the look of their car at anytime during their ownership of it. The kits cost £185 and £22 for the set of air vent covers.
Standard 1007 specification includes ‘Sesame’ sliding doors, seven airbags, air conditioning, radio and CD player, front fog lights, trip computer, electric power steering, ESP stability programme and leather steering wheel.
The 1007 has been given a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating with the highest ever score recorded by any car of any size, 36.1 out of 37 possible points. This has enabled a low insurance group rating of 3E for the 1.4-litre models.
In advance of the 1007 going on sales Peugeot have received 10,000 advance enquiries via their web site.
Principal competitors Peugeot say will be the Vauxhall Meriva, Ford Fusion, Renault Modus, Fiat Idea and the Honda Jazz.Published 17 July 2005