Peugeot 301 (2012)

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Peugeot 301
Peugeot 301 1.6 HDi Allure 2014 (14194363316).jpg
Peugeot 301 Interior.jpg
Manufacturer Peugeot
Also called Citroën C-Elysée
Production 2012–present
Assembly Wuhan, China
Vigo, Spain (PSA Vigo Plant)
Kaduna, Nigeria[1]
Body and chassis
Class Compact car (C)
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout
Platform PSA PF1 platform
Related Peugeot 207
Peugeot 208
Citroën C3 (2009)
Citroën DS3
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic[2]
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,655 mm (104.5 in)
Length 4,442 mm (174.9 in)
Width 1,748 mm (68.8 in)
Height 1,446 mm (56.9 in)
Kerb weight 1,055–1,165 kg (2,326–2,568 lb)

The Peugeot 301 is a compact car, produced by the French automaker Peugeot. It was announced to the public in May 2012, with an official launch that took place at the Paris Motor Show in September. The 301 is built at Peugeot’s Vigo plant in Spain, alongside its twin Citroën C-Elysée, and has been manufactured in China since November 2013, and Nigeria since 2014.[3]

Sales of the 301 commenced in November 2012, initially in Turkey, and later in other markets in Western Asia, (Taiwan Since 2016[4]), Africa, Latinamerica and Eastern Europe. As the 301 is designed specifically for emerging markets,[5] the 301 is not available in Western Europe, including France[6] and the United Kingdom (similar situation in Ireland, as well as most RHD markets).[7]


Peugeot 301 (Turkey)

The 301 is 4,440 mm (174.8 in) in length, with a 2,650 mm (104.3 in) wheelbase.

It is powered by a range of three engines: a three-cylinder 1.2-litre VTi petrol engine shared with the Peugeot 208, producing 72 bhp (54 kW; 73 PS) and available with a manual or automated manual gearbox; a 1.6 VTi petrol with 115 bhp (86 kW; 117 PS). and a 1.6 HDi diesel with 92 bhp (69 kW; 93 PS) mated only to a manual gearbox.[8]


The model's 301 name was first used on a 1932 Peugeot 301, and the new 301 is the first Peugeot to start the revised naming strategy of using x01 and x08 to denote emerging market models and traditional market models.[9]

2013 Citroën C-Elysée

Citroën C-Elysée[edit]

A similar model to the 301, badged as a Citroën C-Elysée, was also launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, with sales targeted in the first instance in eastern Europe and North Africa. The C-Elysée is also sold in Spain, Portugal, Greece, and since March 2016 also in Italy, Germany and France, three of Europe's largest car markets. From 2014, it is anticipated that the C-Elysée will be produced in China, as a successor to the current Chinese market Citroën Elysée, by the joint venture company Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile.[10]

The C-Elysée shares its dimensions with the 301, and is available with 1.2 VTi 72 hp, 1.6VTi 115 hp and 1.6HDi 90 hp engines, and 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions.

Citroën-Total Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC[edit]

In 2013, Citroën Racing created a new sub-division, the Citroën World Touring Car Team, in order to begin to run in addition in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship. The name Citroën C-Elysée WTCC has been chosen for the race car running in this world competition. It was developed in a few months, thanks to the experience of the Citroën World Rally Team.[11]

The Citroën World Touring Car Team won fourteen victories out of the fifteen first races of the 2014 WTCC season, in spite of the handicap of the 60 kg Compensation Weight put to the leading cars. The Citroën/Total WTCC Team won the Manufacturer's WTCC Championship,[12] 5 races before the end of the season, after the 2014 Shanghai first race, where Citroën recorded a magnificent one-two-three-four. The Citroën World Touring Car Team pilots also got the three first ranks of the Drivers' World Touring Car Championship.

Sales and production[edit]


Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2012 11,600[13] 4,800[13] Total production reaches 11,600 units.[13]
2013 76,900[14] 72,200[14] Total production reaches 88,400 units.[14]
2014 107,000[15] 100,000[14] Total production reaches 195,400 units.[14]
2015 102,869[16] TBA
2016 102,105[16] TBA


Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2012 7,000[13] 5,600[13] Total production reaches 7,000 units.[13]
2013 59,400[14] 56,200[14] Total production reaches 66,400 units.[14]
2014 123,100[15] 110,000[15] Total production reaches 189,500 units.[15]


  1. ^ Our Correspondent. "New Telegraph – PAN reactivates Kaduna plant with Peugeot 301". 
  2. ^ Peugeot 301 basic technical data according to Peugeot website (francophone)
  3. ^ "DPCA to Build Peugeot 301/Citroen C-Elysee at New Wuhan Factory". China Auto Web. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Peugeot 301 launch in taiwan
  5. ^ Madden, Luke Madden (24 May 2012). "Peugeot announces new naming structure". Auto Express. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  6. ^ (May 24, 2012). "Le Figaro - Automobile : Peugeot 301 : low cost mais pas trop". Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  7. ^ Tisshaw, Mark (24 May 2012). "New Peugeot 301 compact saloon revealed". Autocar. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "The new Peugeot 301 - A compact four door saloon for the international market". PSA Peugeot Citroën. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Wilkins, David (25 May 2012). "301 saloon heralds new chapter for Peugeot". The Independent. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Peugeot 301 als Citroën C-Elysee" (in German). Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Citroën Racing - Projet M43 WTCC : Citroën WTCC 2014". 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  12. ^ "One year to win - Citroën WTCC 2014". 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Memento Mars 2013" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013: 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Memento Mars 2014" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. March 2014: 54,65. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Memento Mars 2015" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. March 2015: 71. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
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