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Our regular ‘JPJ correspondent’ Anol Alias has sent in pictures of the Peugeot 208 GTi at the JPJ car park, which pretty much sets its Malaysian arrival in stone. What’s interesting is this car had a piece of paper on the passenger seat, reading “Pre-Pilot Production” and “Unit for VTA” (Vehicle Type Approval).

This implies that the three-door hot hatch will be assembled locally, which goes some way towards explaining the competitive RM128,888 indicative price stated by the oto.my ad we showed you three weeks ago. The ad also suggested a launch in October or November this year.

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This is a quick car – the century sprint is accomplished in under seven seconds, and top speed is an impressive 230 km/h. Its 1.6 litre THP 200 engine feeds 200 hp and 275 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed do-it-yourself gearbox. Hot hatch fans, your prayers have been answered.

We’ve put the pocket rocket Pug through its paces in the south of France – read our comprehensive test drive report here. Or you can feast your eyes on a huge official gallery here.

 

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