Peugeot 1007

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Peugeot 1007

W e loved the outgoing Peugeot 106 very much. It was small and light, accelerated briskly and cornered handsomely. When it passed away, Peugeot replaced it with not one but 2 models – the 107 is actually a Toyota-engineered mini car targeting at an even lower price segment than 106. With sales target of only 100,000 units a year, it is obviously not the focus of Peugeot.

Instead, the limelight falls on 1007. The one-double-o-seven not only breaks the mould of Peugeot’s 3-digit naming system, it is also a revolutionary design, claimed the French company.

What is so revolutionary? a few years ago, Pininfarina came up an idea to solve the increasingly critical parking problem in overcrowded cities. Mini cars are more friendly to tight parking space, but when the doors are opened for passenger access, they still require considerable width. That’s why Pininfarina designed a mini car with an electric sliding door at each side.

By touching a button, the big door can slide back and reveal a big aperture for both front and rear passengers to get off. It engages no more width than the mirror already take, thus the car can slip into very tight parking space. This car became Peugeot 1007 eventually.

Disappointingly, today Pininfarina is no longer capable of designing beautiful cars – do you remember the 406 Coupe. or the earlier 205 and 405. it is really unbelievable the same design house of these beautiful cars can give us a car like 1007 – it has wrong proportion and poor details. In short, it looks odd. Yes, its shape might be driven primarily by functions, but still it could be prettier, couldn’t it?

Despite of the unusual form, the underpinning of 1007 comes directly from Citroen C2 / C3. This is a frill-free (and thrill-free) platform using strut and torsion-beam suspensions, electric power steering and the familiar powertrains from PSA’s part pool. From mechanical point of view it is absolutely boring.

However, it saves money for PSA and saves my time.

From the photos, you can see 1007 is very tall – at 1.62 meter, its roof is higher than the eye level of some drivers. The question is who need so much headroom. There is no such thing as too much headroom, as long as it does not compromise other things. However, experience tell us there is no free lunch in the world.

The 1007 pays the price in dynamics. It is almost 200 kg heavier than 206 (partly blame to the added weight of electric doors), blunting its acceleration. It has higher center of gravity than regular mini cars, generating more body roll in cornering thus leads to incapable handling.

Also, don’t expect a smooth ride normally associated with Peugeot’s cars, because that would have required a suspension setup so soft that cannot handle its excessive height.

The point is: Peugeot 1007 is by no means a driver’s car. It is a more a housewife car, a car to take the kids to school and to shop a whole weekend’s food at supermarket. Its 4-seat cabin accommodates people comfortably when the rear seats slide to the rearmost position, or carry a lot of luggage when it slide forth or simply flip up.

It is basically a mini MPV.

But when it is seen as a mini MPV, what is so revolutionary then? the American put power sliding doors at their big MPVs many years ago. Peugeot / Pininfarina just copied the idea to mini cars. It is nothing worth amazing or praising, especially if you learn the drawbacks it created.

The above report was last updated on 19 Apr 2005 . All Rights Reserved.

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