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Peugeot Motocycles launches in PH market

From pepper mills to scooters, the brand isn’t simply about cars

While the Django may be Peugeot Motocycles' first foray into the Philippine market, it definitely starts out quite strong. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD

When Peugeot gets mentioned in conversation, most of us would think about the car manufacturer. What if I told you it also makes scooters?

Motostrada is bringing the Peugeot Motocycle brand to our shores, starting with its flagship model, the Django. Drawing from Peugeot’s roots with the S55 scooter from the 1950s, the Django gives a modern interpretation to a strong figure from the company’s past.

Even though it's the cheapest in the bunch, the color of the monotone Django makes it stand out. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD

The scooter, launched internationally in 2014, features a 150.6cc electronically fuel-injected engine mated to a CVT. It pushes out a rather cute 10hp, but that’s more than enough to make the 140kg scooter feel peppy in the city.

LED headlights and turn signals come as standard, with a special phone storage hatch that includes a 12V socket for keeping your device juiced up. A cavernous seat compartment fits a standard helmet, while the plush leather cushion that sits atop it makes cruising around the city feel like lounging on a sofa.

The special cubbyhole for your phone also comes with a 12V socket to keep it charged up. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD

You also get front and rear disc brakes as standard, the front brakes equipped with ABS. A very readable yet retro stylish dashboard crowns the front, with a signature front grille and chrome trim giving the scooter a unique yet familiar look.

The front grille gives the scooter its distinctive Peugeot flair. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD

While Peugeot makes the Django in several factories worldwide, locally sold units will be sourced from Vietnam. Motostrada also plans to introduce the three-wheeled 400cc Metropolis later in the year, with units coming directly from France.

The Django's size and looks make it a perfect fit for cruising the city in style. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD

With introductory prices of P199,000 for the monotone colors, P205,800 for the sports stripe look, and P216,800 for the two-tone colorways, this motorbike sits as a strong contender for a Philippine market that always seems hungry for neo-retro scooters. Time will tell if the brand upholds its value in terms of reliability, but with the local distributor’s experience, that may likely not be a problem at all.

Hans Bosshard

Hans is the ultimate commuter: He drives a car and he rides a bicycle. He also likes tinkering with mechanical stuff.