I've been meaning to do this for a while. The introduction of the 306 in Australia can be confusing for someone who is interested in buying one. I decided to start this because I seem to remember silly little details about the sporadic changes Peugeot had made to the 306 in the 8 years it was here.
It is most definately a work-in-progress, and I wish to build on it in future, possibly with photos. Please feel free to suggest additions, changes, or feedback in general.
Timeline of 306 introduction
April 1994 - Peugeot 306 launched in Aus
306 XR 1.8 (manual only)
306 XT 1.8
306 S16 released
306 Cabriolet 1.8 released
306 XSi 2.0 release (8valve)
306 ST release (Sedan with 2.0)
306 XTdt release (Turbo Diesel XT)
306 ST 1.8 8v (77kw) released. 2.0 8v (92kw) motor dropped
306 Cabriolet upgraded to 2.0 8v motor
N5 306 Introduced.
Changes and facelift across whole range.
New nose and tail-lights.
306 Style introduced to replace N3 XR. 1.8 16v replaces 1.8 8v (except for auto)
306 XT upgraded to 1.8 16v (except for auto)
306 XR replaces ST. 1.8 16v replaces 1.8 8v (except for auto)
306 XSi upgraded to 2.0 16v motor (auto included)
306 Cabriolet upgraded to 2.0 16v motor (auto included)
306 GTi6 introduced (note, there were no N3 GTi6's officially imported)
306 XTdt dropped
No changes made
2 millionth Peugeot 306 assembled arrives in Australia (Red Cabrio)
306 XRdt released. (Turbo diesel version of XR sedan)
N5 update introduced.
Minor facelift across range incorporating following changes;
- Clear headlight lense + indicators (H7 bulbs)
New tail lights for sedan (chrome strip
Larger Peugeot badge on rear
All cars now have GTi6 front bumper and skirts
Door mirrors and protection strips are now painted (except for Cabrio)
Dashboard gains metallic highlights. Gearlever + handbrake button now silver painted.
Revised graphics on guages. White needles.
Remote locking key changes to ultra-sonic, increasing range and reliability.
Rear window wiper gains smooth look. Hatch window loses weather strips.
306 Style upgraded to 5 door body. 3 door dropped.
306 XT upgraded to 2.0 16v motor (including auto)
306 XR badge changed to XT. Receives same 2.0 16v motor (including auto)
306 XRdt badge changed back to XTdt (again)
306 HDi introduced (sedan only). 306 XRdt dropped.
306 XT upgraded. Added 15" rims and ABS
306 XT Sedan manual dropped around this time.
306 XSi Auto dropped.
306 XSi + GTi6 gain side airbags.
306 Rallye introduced. Basically an XT with a sticker.
306 Cabrio Limited. Body coloured hardtop standard.
By April 2001, 11,700 Peugeot 306's had been sold in Australia.