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Peugeot 207 e-Pure

Broadcast date : 22nd October 2006

At the recent Paris Motor Show, Peugeot displayed a topless version of its new 207 range for the first time.

This 207 cc is a natural progression of a successful concept begun with the 206 cc, which provides fun, stylish motoring at a very affordable price.

The 207 follows the original 206 and the 307 cc models, and what we like about this one is that, stylistically, itís the most integrated of all Peugeotís coupe-cabriolets to date.

Itís shed the rather gimmicky "towel railings" used on the rear of the 206, and it avoids the heavy awkward tail of the 307cc.

The high waist-line creates an air of solidity to the car, while the steep rake of the windscreen provides excellent wind and buffeting protection when the top is down.

And the stubby wedge shape with its wide track speaks of a strong sense of purpose, an attitude of fun without frivolity.

With a car like the 207 cc, performance is a secondary consideration. This is a car for summer evening cruising rather than carving up the Monte Carlo route. But with this show car, so close to a full production version, Peugeot had a surprise in store in the "go" department"

Packed beneath this compact, full-four-seater body is a highly developed hydrogen fuel-cell power-train, driving an electric motor.

The hydrogen, along with oxygen drawn from the atmosphere, provides fuel, for want of a better word, for the very compact fuel-cell located in the nose of the car, along with the electric motor.

So this 207 cc is an emissions-free vehicle, hence its concept name "e-Pure" and not coincidentally, the choice of the pure-white white colour scheme for the show car.

Acceleration is breezy, if not brisk. Itís said to reach 100 km/h from standstill in about 15 seconds.

Top speed is 130 km/h, and it has a range of 350 kilometres before the hydrogen needs to be topped up.

An infrastructure to supply hydrogen at fuel stations is still in its infancy, but in the mean time we can look forward to seeing this stylish Cabriolet on our roads with conventional engines.

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