2008 Peugeot 308 CC: first photo session

Although initially supposed to be revealed during the Frankfurt motor show next year, the upcoming 2008 Peugeot 308 CC coupe convertible received such an enormous wave of enthusiasm among European drivers that the company apparently changed its mind and decided to officially present the car the this year’s Paris Motor Show in September.

Among enthusiasts, the new vehicle immediately produced a fecal tsunami of mixed feelings. While there was hope (in fact, more than hope: for many people it was almost certainty) that the production version of the car would almost entirely reproduce the highly successful Peugeot 308 RC Z concept car that was introduced last year in Frankfurt, reality quite easily shuttered their dreams.

2008 Peugeot 308 CC: first photo session
2008 Peugeot 308 CC

Although initially promised to be based on the aforementioned concept car, the production coupe convertible will nevertheless sport much less extravagant look. In fact, it will be as plain and as ugly as just about any cheap French compact hatchback-based convertible that we have seen during last years. Yeah, what I really admire about the French car manufacturers is how consistent they are in making loud promises and always, always, always failing to deliver the goods.

Judging by the first official photos of the car, the 308 CC will keep the 308 RC Z’s ‘face’ but its rear half will resemble that of the normal 2008 Peugeot 308. Gone are wider rear fenders and the elongated tail lights.

2008 Peugeot 308 CC

Say goodbye to the aggressive, but apparently highly impractical roof.

All in all, the 2009 Peugeot 308 CC will look like the 307 CC with a new face. Too bad, that the energetic and sporty concept model turned to become a bleak and uninspiring mass production car.

I am almost sure that people will buy it in quantities large enough to justify further redesigns, but it looks like Peugeot will never actually deliver a halo car that will become a living legend and generate sales and flocks of followers for generations to come. Putting it in other words, the French will never have a Mustang or a Challenger of their own.

2008 Peugeot 308 CC (rear view)
2008 Peugeot 308 CC (interior, top view)
2008 Peugeot 308 CC (interior, front seats)

Photos: Peugeot

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