Oct 08 - Dec 08  : Paris Motorshow

03 10 2008Paris Motorshow

Peugeot at the Paris Motorshow

RC 4 concept car unveiled in Paris

Peugeot At The 2008 Paris Motor Show

Driving passion that respects the environment
Peugeot takes advantage of the 2008 Paris Motor Show to demonstrate once again its willingness and ability to combine environmental friendliness with motoring passion. Peugeot’s technological creativity and conceptual prowess find expression through concept cars and production vehicles exhibited at the event. Guided by its instinct for mobility, Peugeot sets out its modern vision for today and tomorrow with a presentation including more than 42 vehicles and concept cars.

Confident in its environmental approach and backed by many years of research, Peugeot unveils its strategy in the realm of hybrid technology. This technology, combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor, allowing real breakthroughs in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

RC 4: magic in the making
Elegant, powerful and sporty, the RC 4 is a concept car born of the passion and experience of Peugeot engineers and designers. This ‘Touring Car’ coupé, the missing link between the RC concept cars of 2002 and the 908 RC (one of the stars of the last Paris Motor Show) is a veritable laboratory on wheels bringing together numerous stylistic, engineering and technological ideas in preparation for the future.

With four doors, four seats and four wheel drive powered by the highly innovative hybrid architecture, this concept car offers the perfect blend of driving pleasure and environmental friendliness. It features a 1.6-litre turbo charged petrol engine with a power output of 160kW located at the rear of the vehicle, combined with a 70kW electric motor under the bonnet. Together they provide a maximum power output of 230kW with low CO2 emissions in the combined cycle of just 109 g/km, or zero in electric only mode.

PROLOGUE : genetically hybrid
Derived from the fusion of different worlds, the PROLOGUE concept car reveals a glimpse of a new type of vehicle in the Peugeot range. A hybrid in terms of its external architecture, with a body carrying the genes of an SUV, MPV and Saloon, this concept car is no less hybrid on the inside.

It combines the qualities of a top-of-the-range coupé featuring hi-tech equipment (such as Heads-up Display, Distance Alert) with practical and efficient modularity.

With its technology being equally hybrid, this vehicle has 4-wheel-drive capabilities, with an 2.0 litre HDi FAP engine ensuring rear-wheel-drive and electric front-wheel-drive. This compact yet roomy 147 kW vehicle delivers greatly reduced CO2 emissions of 109 g/km in the combined cycle, or zero in electric only mode.

Compressor: a different mobility
Occupying a half-way house between the world of the scooter and the car, the Compressor is a highly original 3-wheel proposal designed to facilitate urban mobility.

With its elegant and futuristic style it arouses interest through its concept, which combines numerous benefits: compactness, safety and comfort. Thanks to its hybrid technology, it combines a 125cm3 petrol engine at the rear, with two electric motors located in each of the front wheels. This integral power train thereby offers greater safety and driveability. This concept combines low running costs and environmental friendliness with CO2 emissions of just 47g/km in the combined cycle, or zero in electric-only mode.

308 Hybrid : a source of inspiration
With an electric motor at the front of the vehicle, alongside a 1.6-litre HDi FAP 80 kW engine, this 308 hybrid is a vehicle with front-wheel-drive. Equipped with this technology, this 308 represents a key stage in research, helping to validate solutions for large-scale production with a view to obtaining significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the future. In the combined cycle it offers CO2 emissions of only 90g/km.

908 Le Mans Hybrid
The technology in this vehicle collects and stocks part of the vehicle’s kinetic energy on braking. This energy then becomes available, on demand from the driver, to drive in electric-only mode, to reduce consumption (from 3 to 5%), or to obtain an instant increase in power (coming out of a bend, overtaking.)

A non-hybrid car simply dispels the available energy through friction of the brakes and with heat generated. Consequently with a hybrid car the captured energy is available to improve the performance in two different ways:

- By reducing fuel consumption for the same performance by means of the mechanical hybrid energy made available
- By improving the overall performance for the same energy consumed by using the mechanical hybrid energy to supplement the diesel engine.

The demonstrator’s hybrid system is composed by three main elements:
1. An electric engine-generator, power output rated at 60kW located in place of the starter motor and linked to the gearbox by a gear wheel
2. Batteries which store the energy produced via 600 lithium-ion cells, grouped into 10 packs, 6 of which replace the original battery and 4 in the left-hand floor area
3. A device to transfer the energy exchange between engine and battery.

If the new rules, as laid down by ‘L’Automobile Club de l’Ouest’ for 2009, allow hybrid vehicles to compete, it will be the ideal occasion to introduce this advanced technology; especially in the case of the extreme conditions in a high-level of endurance competition.

This would then help to accelerate the development of production car applications for the future.

Besides their hybrid technology, Peugeot is also working on other solutions which will enable further reductions to be made in CO2 such as the compact hybrid called STOP & START.

This technology, which will be deployed on a massive scale in Peugeot ranges in 2011, places the engine on standby when the vehicle comes to a stop (red traffic lights, a traffic jam, etc), and then restarts instantly and seamlessly when required to move.

Illustrated on the stand via a 308 STOP & START featuring a 1.6-litre 82kW HDi FAP engine combined with an electronically controlled 6-speed manual gearbox, this system gives the vehicle a fuel consumption of just 4.1 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km in the combined cycle.

Driven for many years by the desire to reduce the motor car’s environmental footprint, Peugeot today offers a well positioned range of low CO2 emissions vehicles. This commitment is not however to the detriment of motoring passion.


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