UPDATE: Nasim has launched the Peugeot 508 GT wagon in Malaysia, along with other variants making the 508 a family of 5 models now.

We sighted this sexy white Peugeot 508 SW GT estate at Taman Paramount earlier today while the team were out for lunch at our favorite chap fan spot in the area. We were actually quite stunned to to see this car with a Malaysian plate – we’ve seen it around before but they’ve all had Singaporean number plates.

Not only was this particular car a wagon in the sportier GT equipment level (check out the twin rear exhausts, the panoramic glass roof and the big fancy wheels), it had the clatter of a turbodiesel engine coming from it! A quick ring to our contact in Nasim revealed that this car mostly likely belongs to Automobiles Peugeot’s company fleet. They have a regional management office in Empire Tower, Jalan Tun Razak.

The choice of a turbodiesel wagon is quite typical of an European man’s tastes, but it also made us wonder – if Peugeot decided to use a turbodiesel car here, does it mean that our turbodiesel is all good to go with Peugeot diesel engines?

We heard last year that Nasim had submitted samples of our local diesel to France for testing, as they wanted to explore the possibility of bringing in the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, a hybrid version of the 3008 that paired a turbodiesel engine to an electric motor. At that point of time, Nasim’s CEO SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin said the tests have yielded positive results so far, but there are still more tests to be done.

We won’t be surprised if our diesel fuel was given the green light – after all derivatives of the Peugeot HDi engine family are used in the Ford Focus TDCi, the Land Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Freelander.