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2011-08-19 10:57

URBAN HYBRID: The Peugeot HR1 concept car will appear at the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show.

Peugeot’s petrol-electric hybrid HR1 urban concept car will be on display at the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show in Johannesburg from October 6-16.

At 3.67m, the HR1 is shorter than the Peugeot 207 with small front and rear overhangs. Entry is through two electric “scissor” doors, and the raised driving position and increased ride height give the driver a better view than a sedan.

The car’s exterior is strengthened by flowing wheel arches, large wheels and raised sections above the rear windscreen, much like the ''double bubble'' roof of the Peugeot RCZ Coupé.

Roof bars serve as a hinge for the one-piece, dark-tinted glass boot door while the headlights and diode rear lights give the car an ultra-modern appearance.


The information system uses tech that allows the driver to scroll through functions and select settings with simple hand movement.

The driver can scroll menus or choose to switch control of the menus to the front passenger with a sweep of the hand. The audio system, satnav and aircon are controlled by this system.

The driver can also select the information to be displayed in the instrument panel with a choice of rev counter, water and oil temperature when driving or tourist information when cruising. The front passenger can use a PC tablet that allows data to be shared and exchanged with the driver’s display.


The HR1 is also practical, thanks to a 734-litre boot with a flat floor. The cabin can be configured for three or four seats; with both rear seats in place luggage capacity falls to 180 litres.

A turbocharged, three-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol engine develops 82kW for the front wheels and a 27kW electric motor powers the rear wheels. The HR1 can be driven on battery power alone at low speed or with both power sources working to provide all-wheel drive. It produces a combined fuel consumption of 3.48 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 80g/km.

The electronic six-speed manual gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a central shifterer allows the driver to choose manual sequential or auto operation.The HR1 will come with a high-performance suspension.

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