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Peugeot Diesel Hybrid Concepts

Peugeot will premičre two diesel hybrid concepts at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 3008 HYbrid4 and the RCZ HYbrid4.

The 3008 HYbrid4 is set to emit 99g/km CO2 and is due for launch in the spring of 2011.

The RCZ HYbrid4 2+2 coupé is due to emit just 95g/km CO2 but is experimental only. However the non-hybrid RCZ 2+2 coupé, with lines reminiscent of the original Audi TT, is due on sale in the spring of 2010.

We’ve got petrol hybrids at the moment but no diesel hybrids. Peugeot plans to change this with its HYbrid4 hybrid diesel technology. It has parallel architecture, in other words the system will use the diesel engine when it’s at its best on long runs, and it will use the electric motor around town.

When used together, the two power units offer increased performance and CO2 emissions around 35% lower compared to engines of an equivalent power output, and the electric motor at the rear of the vehicle offers four-wheel drive without the drawback of a mechanical connection.

The technology means the cars have a potential of 200bhp of performance, yet can also run in ‘zero emissions’ mode.

Peugeot intends to eventually develop a range of HYbrid4 vehicles, as well as a new ‘all electric’ urban vehicle from the end of 2010, together with the rollout of the second-generation ‘Stop & Start’ system on production vehicles in 2011.