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2013-01-30 10:30

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE: In 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the European leader in fuel-efficient cars and will continue working on its "cars of the the future" such as it's VelV electric vehicle (above).

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2013 Citroen Grand Picasso (Spy)

VELIZY, France - Guillaume Faury, executive vice president of research and development at PSA Peugeot Citroen, welcomed crowds to the grroup's Automotive Design Network (ADN) R&D centre in Vélizy, France for its Innovation Day.

Faury said: “The process by which automobiles evolve is advancing very quickly in what is a profoundly changing environment. In 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the European leader in fuel-efficient cars, with the market’s lowest CO2 emissions.

"We are stepping up our innovation here at PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the major challenges of tomorrow’s mobility. Today, we will be showing you pioneering solutions for vehicles that respond to new customer expectations in an ever-more environmentally friendly way.”

CAR OF THE FUTURE

During the event, guests had the opportunity to discover several “game-changing” technologies developed by the automaker to meet the challenges facing the future vehicles, including urbanisation, climate change, consumers' shifting mobility choices.

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In particular, the Group organised a world-premiere presentation of technology called Hybrid Air, a petrol and compressed air full-hybrid solution.

This breakthrough technology, which combines a petrol engine and compressed air for energy storage, represents a key step towards the 2 litres/100km car by 2020.

Other new solutions available as from 2013 on Peugeot and Citroën brand vehicles to meet emerging expectations were also presented, including:

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)
The SCR is an innovative technology for eliminating diesel emissions to be introduced in 2013. The automakers hope to lower NOx emissions to the level of current petrol engines. According to the automakers, the technology makes it possible to reduce fuel consumption by 2% to 4% from Euro 5 levels.

EMP2
PSA Peugeot Citroën unveiled its new global modular platform - Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2).  This new generation platform provides effective solutions in terms of modularity, equipment and carbon reduction.

Eco Hybrid
The use of the Eco Hybrid system on petrol and diesel vehicles in the B, C and D segments will reduce CO2 emissions by 15g and cut fuel consumption by up to 15%.

Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EGR):
The EGR will optimise petrol engine fuel consumption. This innovation is designed to improve petrol engine efficiency and deliver significant fuel savings.

Hydole - a electric hybrid demonstrator
The automotive group have developed a plug-in hybrid demonstrator that puts peace of mind into the EV driving experience to test the potential uses of battery vehicles.

VelV electric vehicle
According to Peugeot, 60% of trips within cities are made in individual cars, with a huge impact on CO2 emissions. The VelV is a light electric vehicle project designed to meet city and suburban driving needs with a record power consumption level of just 85 Wh/km travelled.


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