2011 Peugeot 508 hybrid will be the greenest large car in Europe

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

Peugeot claims that its new diesel-electric hybrid 508 sedan will be the greenest large car in Europe. Peugeot said that the 508 hybrid will have CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer and will use only 3.8 liters per 100km (62 US mpg). When driving in full-electric mode, it will have zero emissions.

For now, the only vehicles that emit less than 100g/km of CO2 are smaller-sized cars such as the Toyota Prius and Auris gasoline-electric hybrids and diesel versions of the Volkswagen Polo and Smart ForTwo.

Variants of the 508 with gasoline and diesel engines will debut in October at the Paris Motor Show and will start selling at the start of 2011. Peugeot has yet to announce when the diesel hybrid, called the 508 HYbrid 4, is expected to go on sale.

The 508 replaces two Peugeot cars -- the 407 mid-sized car and the 607 large sedan that have not been selling well. UK-based market researcher JATO Dynamics said that last year, 407 sales in Europe fell by 45% to 36,718 units, while 607 sales dropped by 48.5% to 1,880 units.

Peugeot is hoping that the 508 will be able to compete against premium cars such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz C class.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe last March at the Geneva auto show, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen brand director Jean-Marc Gales said that Peugeot wants to regain its share of the market that's currently dominated by German manufacturers. Peugeot said that it is relying on an exterior design it calls "French chic," a combination of elegance and timeless lines, to attract premium buyers.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

What has BMW been up to lately? The company recently announced that they are currently focusing on electrification, and so far, their new architecture will enable “electrification of every model...
by - July 26, 2017
A couple of days ago, Ford came out with their pursuit-rated F-150 Police Responder, and we were quite impressed with what it has to offer. And we are pretty sure...
by - July 26, 2017
Aside from fronting Honda’s annual summer tour, pop rock band OneRepublic was also given an opportunity to customize a 2017 Honda Civic Type R. The car is a one-off and...
by - July 26, 2017
Everyone seems to know that the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been recently experiencing problems. Turns out, the blame goes to Giulia’s software. Reid Bigland, big time executive from Alfa Romeo...
by - July 26, 2017
Romanian automotive media publication cars.ro earlier said that the new Ford Fiesta will no longer be offered in the United States. Robert Stiller, Ford’s vehicle program manager for the B-segment,...
by - July 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries