Peugeot light commercial vans return to Australian soil
In the first quarter of 2015, Peugeot surprised the Australian light commercial van (LCV) market by withdrawing the sale of their only vehicles in the local line-up for the unforeseeable future.
However, the clouds have now parted and the PSA Group is shining a light on the future of Peugeot in Australia. Not only have they announced the return of the Peugeot Partner and Peugeot Expert, they'll be bringing the Peugeot Boxer into the ring for the first time ever.
Let's see what's in store for Peugeot light commercial vehicles in 2019.
The new Peugeot LCV line-up
The mid-size Peugeot Expert will be appearing in the Peter Warren showrooms this month, with the Partner and Boxer coming in the third quarter for the year.
For the first time ever in the local LCV market, the new vans will come equipped with autonomous emergency braking across the entire range, as well as a reversing camera, rear parking sensor and a minimum of four airbags.
Add to this a five-year warranty, and it's clear the PSA Group is positioning themselves strategically as providers of safe, reliable commercial vehicles. These ample safety features will allow staff to operate vehicles with confidence and give operators peace of mind that their assets are protected.
PSA Group managing director, Ben Farlow, addressed this: "The all-new Peugeot commercial vehicle range addresses the segments' demands for safety, functionality, low running costs and total cost of ownership; including a five-year warranty.
"We believe that commercial vehicle owners and operators shouldn't sacrifice safety, comfort and convenience just because it's a tool of trade."
It should come as little surprises that the PSA Group would return with their line-up of LCVs. In Europe, they lead the market in small, mid-size and large vans with a self-reported market share of over 30 per cent.
The upcoming Peugeot commercial vans include:
- The Peugeot Expert: As the mid-size option, the Expert will be first cab off the rank with two options for body length (4950 mm and 5300 mm) allowing a maximum 6.6 cubic metres of cargo volume and 1300 kg payload. Manual and automatic transmissions will be available.
- The Peugeot Partner: The sister of the Expert, the Partner, is expected to arrive in September. Though smaller (4.4 cubic metres, 1000 kg payload), the Partner will feature safety features above and beyond the already enhanced standard offering, including: lane-departure warning, speed sign recognition, front parking sensors, six airbags (dual front, curtain and thorax), sliding left-side doors, and 180-degree rear barn doors.
- The Peugeot Boxer: Finally, the Boxer brings the brute force. Only available with a manual transmission and turbo-diesel engine, the Boxer defies physical expectations with cargo volumes of 11.5 or 13 cubic metres, depending on body length.
More details are to come about the formidable new Australian line-up of Peugeot light commercial vehicles.
To be the first to know more, register your interest with Peugeot Peter Warren today.