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Peugeot Unveils World’s First Diesel Hybrid, Outlines Joint Venture with BMW

Partners will invest 100 million Euros and be in production by 2014.

by on Mar.02, 2011

Peugeot unveils the world's first diesel-electric, the 3008 Hybrid4, at the Geneva Motor Show.

There was electricity in the air at the Peugeot stand as the French maker used the Geneva Motor Show to introduce a variety of new hybrids and plug-ins – and outline its new battery car joint venture with Germany’s BMW.

Peugeot finally took the wraps off the look-awaited 3008 Hybrid4, the first diesel-electric vehicle in the world. This model will be available in a limited edition of 300 units, which will be ready to hit the market in the fall.

The 3008 Hybrid4 is equipped with a 163 horsepower 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine driving the front wheels. The electric motor adds another 37 hp, but creates a sort of through-the-road all-wheel-drive system by powering the rear wheels.

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This concept offers not only AWD, but also a maximum of 200 hp and the possibility to reach an average fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100 km – by European terms — or 62 mpg.

In 2012, Peugeot will also bring a Hybrid4 version of the larger 508 on the market. Meanwhile, the conventional versions of both the 508 and 308 will be getting the new stop/start technology which shuts the engine down, temporarily, instead of idling.

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