Published on December 1st, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
All-New Peugeot 2008 Rolls Out Of Stellantis’ Gurun Plant
The Stellantis Plant in Gurun, Kedah, will be producing the Peugeot 2008 for ASEAN markets.
The all-new Peugeot 2008 has rolled off the production line at the Stellantis manufacturing plant in Gurun, Kedah. This Malaysian made B-segment crossover is being exported to other ASEAN markets as both right-hand-drive and left-hand drive variants will be assembled here. Thailand was the first market to receive the all-new Peugeot 2008. It was launched there just yesterday, CBU Malaysia.
The made in Malaysia Peugeot 2008 comes with Full LED headlights, Signature 3-claws daytime running lights, 17″ Salamanca dual-tone rims, leather upholstery, the Peugeot i-Cockpit 3D with a 10″ digital instrument cluster, keyless entry and start, a 7″ HD Touchcreen for infotainment and Toggle Switches. It also features Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Speed Limit Information and Intelligent Speed Adaption (SLI/ISA),High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Assist 3 (DAA3), Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Rear Camera, Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keep Assist (LKA).
Overcoming Challenges To Locally-Assemble
The Gurun manufacturing plant, like almost all other factories in Malaysia, had been shut down for many months in 2021 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To overcome this major hurdle, the Stellantis manufacturing team in Malaysia virtually collaborated with colleagues in China and in Europe. This enabled them to keep to production timelines whilst upholding stringent Stellantis global manufacturing and quality standards throughout the process. The plant employs over 170 people and Stellantis is working with more than 50 local suppliers to ramp up production of locally-assembled Peugeots to meet rising demand after the lengthy lockdowns. As a reminder, Stellantis secured full ownership of the Gurun plant at the end of October.
“What we’ve been able to achieve at the Gurun plant in Malaysia over the past few months is a great achievement, and we are now focused on continuing the momentum to keep up with the increased customer demand for locally-manufactured Peugeot vehicles in the region,” said Christophe Musy.
The all-new Peugeot 2008 is powered by a 1.2L PureTech turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 130PS at 5,500 rpm and 230Nm at 1,750 rpm. This is the same engine that powered the facelifted Peugeot 2008, but it has been updated to produce 18PS more power and 15Nm more torque than it did previously. It is still mated to a 6-speed conventional automatic gearbox which sends power to the front wheels.
“Built in ASEAN for ASEAN, we’re proud to announce that the first locally-produced new Peugeot 2008 vehicles will be on their way to customers in South East Asia in the coming months,” said Christophe Musy, Senior Vice President, ASEAN & General Distributors at Stellantis.
The new Peugeot 2008 was put through extensive endurance and quality testing in Malaysia itself, with over 200,000km driven in the local climate and environmental landscape to ensure it meets customer needs in South East Asia.
“This is an important step in our plan to enlarge the Stellantis manufacturing footprint in the region and the first example of our ambition to expand the portfolio of Stellantis vehicles built in South East Asia,” said Mr Musy.