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Peugeot's thirty-car exhibition at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show will feature for the first time the all-new Peugeot 308, alongside the thrilling 308 R Concept, the new RCZ R Sports Coupe, the 208 T16 Pikes Peak projectile, a 2008 Hybrid Air Concept and the 208 HYbrid FE demonstrator. The range of new models will be complemented by new BlueHDi models, featuring Euro 6 diesel emissions control technology, available from the end of 2013.

The all-new Peugeot 308 hatchback will be the star attraction on the Frankfurt stand with nine examples of the five-door range on view. The compact family hatchback features a refined and contemporary styling in the Peugeot mould, a revolutionary and intuitive Peugeot i-Cockpit interior plus a range of modern and fuel-efficient powertrains. The new Peugeot 308 goes on sale in Ireland in January 2014.

Also making its world debut is the go-faster Peugeot 308 R Concept, with ith its lowered stance, wider track, prominent haunches and dramatic 19" wheel Its carbonfibre two-tone body conceals a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine developing 270bhp, which is also fitted to RCZ R. To exploit its full potential, the 308 R Concept drives the front-wheels through a 6-speed gearbox and TorsenTM differential.

The new RCZ R is a super-performance version of the popular Sports Coupé and the most powerful production model in the history of the Peugeot marque.

Boasting power and efficiency, the RCZ R 1.6 litre 270bhp (199kW) accelerates from 0 to 100km in less than 6 seconds but emits just 145g/km of CO2, a benchmark in its category. Developed in conjunction with Peugeot Sport first and foremost as a track car, the RCZ R will also be comfortable and easy to live with as an everyday road car. Fuel consumption is quoted by Peugeot at 6.3 litres / 100km consumption. The RCZ R will go on sale across Europe at the beginning of 2014. Order books for the Irish market will open in December 2013.

One of the Frankfurt attractions will undoubtedly be the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car. Twenty-five years after the victory of Ari Vatanen driving a Peugeot 405 T16, Sebastien Loeb smashed records for the legendary Colorado ascent in just over 8 minutes. Powered by a 3.2-litre 875bhp V6 twin-turbo, this ultimate version of the 208 is capable of 0-100km/hr in just 1.8 seconds.

Peugeot will display its HYbrid diesel electric hybrid range at Frankfurt, as well the brand's new HYbrid Air system, which combines a petrol engine and a compressed air powertrain capable of achieving in excess of 2.0 litres/100km (141mpg). The 208 HYbrid FE concept, developed by Peugeot in partnership with TOTAL will also be on the stand. This car emits just 49g/km of CO2, yet can accelerate from 0-100kph in just 8.0 seconds, almost the same as the 208 GTi.

Peugeot will also reveal its new BlueHDi diesel emissions control technology on the new 308 and 508 SW. Combining Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and diesel Particulate Filtration with additive (FAP), the system reduces NOx emissions by up to 90% to optimise CO2 emissions and fuel economy while eliminating 99.9% of particulates. Peugeot's BlueHDi technology already complies with the Euro 6 diesel standards and will be extended from the end of 2013 to all of the marque's diesel models.