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Peugeot has plans of reducing its models and part of this means discontinuing the RCZ.

The Peugeot RCZ will be soon dropped from production. The model in question will not be getting a successor and this is part of the company’s strategy of reducing the number of vehicles from 26 to 13 by 2022. The first model to bite the dust will be the RCZ Coupe. The announcement has been made by the company’s CEO, Maxime Picat, who has spoken to Autocar at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.

“I love the RCZ, but I want us to focus on making the best of our core models, from Peugeot 108 upwards, and to exploit what we then have to the best of our abilities. For each of those cars we can choose attributes and be the best. Chasing niches is for premium brands; for us it has been a distraction”, said the Peugeot official.

According to our source, the carmaker is also looking towards adding a D-segment SUV to the lineup before the end of the decade, but no details on this have been provided at this time. Peugeot has been producing the RCZ in Graz, Austria, since 2009. The model is a sport compact vehicle with a front-engine and front-wheel drive layout, introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is currently being offered with a 1.6 THP turbo, a 2.0 HDi, a 1.6 petrol and a 1.6 THP turbocharged range-topping with 270 HP, connected to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.