There have been a few Peugeot hard-top convertibles on the South African market in recent years but none as sexy as the new 308 coupe/cabriolet - CC for short - just launched here.
There will be one model only for now, with a 1.6-litre turbo engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, based on the current 308 hatchback which, Peugeot says, is the company's most advanced compact car yet.
The CC, Peugeot says, "has four proper seats, ample luggage space and comprehensive standard specification". It will be in the company's showrooms across South Africa by the middle of July 2009 stickered at R336 500, including a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a three-year or 100 000km full maintenance plan.
The metal roof has electric power and is fully auto in operation at the touch of a button. The routine takes 20 seconds.
Peugeot produced its first contemporary coupe/cabrio with a folding roof at the 1998 Geneva auto show and called it the 20Coeur but the first folding roof models were the 401, 601 and 403 Eclipses assembled way back in the 1930's.