The 206 was originally launched as a hatchback with 1.1 L, 1.4 L and 1.6 L petrol engines and a 1.9 L diesel engine, a HDi version with common rail coming later. In 1999 a 2.0 L GTI capable of 210 km/h as well as a tuned version of the GTI called the Peugeot 206 RC (GTI 180 in the UK), were added to the range. It did 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.5s and it reached a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph) with 180 bhp (130 kW). In 2001, two more versions of the 206 were launched – the 206cc (Coupé Cabriolet) with a folding steel roof and the 206 SW station wagon. A 4-door sedan version was unveiled in late 2005, and it is available in the North African, Chinese and Iranian markets.
The 206 is mainly manufactured in Peugeot’s Poissy and Mulhouse factories although the car is also produced by Iran Khodro in Iran for that market, although Iran’s model will reportedly be exported as well. It was assembled in Chile for the Mexican and Colombian markets (French made 206s were cheaper than Chilean-built ones, in Chile). The Brazilian production in Porto Real, Rio de Janeiro, started in 2001, followed by the SW version in 2005. The Brazilian production features 1.0 L 16V, 1.4 L 8V and 1.6 L 16V engines, the last two of which are flexible fuel engines (petrol/ethanol). The Iran Khodro production line also produces a unique 206 SD model, also known as the 206 Aryan, which is a 4-door sedan.
The Peugeot 206 is also built at Ryton in Coventry, England, however, with the introduction of the ’207′ to the range Peugeot decided to pull the plug on the Ryton factory which is due to close in the middle of 2007. The 206 will continue to be manufactured in France.
The Peugeot 206 proved to be a sales success all over Europe. It was the best-selling car in Europe from 2001 to 2003. The 1.4 L XR was the best-selling model.
The Peugeot 206 is also being produced in Buenos Aires, Argentina since 2001. The models being manufactured are XR, XRD, XS, XT and XTD. The diesel powered versions use the aspirated DW engine.
In May 2006, the Malaysian car manufacturer Naza launched a locally assembled version of the 206 with the name of “206 Bestari”.
1.1 L (1124 cc) TU1 I4, 60 PS (59 hp/44 kW)
1.4 L (1360 cc) TU3 I4, 75 PS (74 hp/55 kW)
1.4 L (1360 cc) ET3 16v I4, 88 PS (87 hp/65 kW)
1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 8v I4, 90 PS (90 hp/80 kW)
1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5JP4 16v I4, 109 PS (108 hp/80 kW)
2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16v I4, 136 PS (134 hp/100 kW)
2.0 L (1997 cc) EW10 16v I4, 183 PS (180 hp/130 kW)
1.4 L (1398 cc) DV4 HDi Diesel I4, 68 PS (67 hp/50 kW)
1.9 L (1868 cc) DW8 Diesel I4, 71 PS (70 hp/52 kW)
1.6 L (1560 cc) DV6 HDi HDi 16v I4, 109 PS (108 hp/80 kW)
2.0 L (1997 cc) DW10 HDi I4, 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW)