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Peugeot pulls out of Endurance Racing

Le Mans off the cards for 2012...

PSA Peugeot Citroën announced today it would withdraw from endurance racing with immediate effect due to difficult economic conditions in Europe. The move will allow them to focus on upcoming car model launches in 2012.

"Peugeot prefers to concentrate its 2012 resources on its commercial performance and, in particular, ensuring the successful launches of the 208, 3008 HYbrid4, 508 RXH, 508 HYbrid4 and 4008," the French brand said in a press statement.

This follows suit with an announcement made in October by Chief Executive Philippe Varin, following several profit warnings, to save €800million ($1.03billion) and cut 6,000 jobs in 2012, according to Reuters.

Peugeot's success with their 908 prototype racecar includes 14 victories in the last 16 races, the most notable being their double win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009 ending Audi's winning streak for five consecutive years.

A PSA spokeswoman told Reuters that the Citroën brand will continue its participation in the World Rally Championship, though this is not surprising as the cars in the WRC show a direct link to the road cars and provide them with performance variants which sell very well.

Image courtesy of Peugeot

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