JUL 00] PEUGEOT NEWS
206 Proves Easy Pickings For Thieves
BY ANTONY HOPKER
bosses say they are stunned by a survey that names the 206 model as
the most thief-friendly car.
annual test by What Car? Magazine saw the popular car receive just 15
points out of 100.
a test a thief was able to break and drive the car for a mile within
Office security guidelines say that a car should be able to resist
entry for two minutes, and not be driven away for a further five
than seven out of 10 new cars failed to meet the mark, with only the
Lexus IS200 getting full marks.
Peugeot today said their own checks had shown the car had stood up
well against thieves.
Chris Edwards said the 206 is in a low insurance group for its class,
and there had been no complaints from customers about security.
success of the 206, which is made at Ryton, is the cause of the row
over new contracts managers are trying to introduce.
between managers and trade unions aimed at preventing an all-out
stoppage at the plant are to continue on Monday.
Edwards said of the security issue:
are surprised because it contradicts the evidence that we have got
from the tests carried out internally.
car is a huge commercial success and the fastest selling ever. In
total we have sold over one million through Europe in the last 18
Car? editor Steve Fowler said:
no doubt that car security generally is improving, but manufacturers
are still making it too easy for thieves to get into cars - some can
be entered in a matter of seconds - while valuables left in cars
remain easy prey.”