As PSA has not received any state subsidies, the Hdi Hybrid engine will only be available for “Premium” vehicles, understand “high-end”. This behavior, which can be likened to blackmail, is quite astonishing on the part of a “big” car manufacturer group which makes large profits.
It is anyway not normal thata company that makes huge profits profits from public subsidies which would do better to be employed in basic or applied research such as microalgae ...
The term Micro-Hybrid is also misleading. for example BMW "magpie" team serial its entire range of a system equivalent to Start & Stop (in addition to a braking energy recovery) without deceiving the user by calling this "micro-hybrid" ...
So is the "European leader in environmentally friendly vehicles" really honest with its customers? We can largely begin to doubt ...
The full press release below.
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The group is reorienting its development strategy for the Hybrid HDi
European leader in environmentally friendly vehicles, PSA Peugeot Citroën confirms the place of hybrid technologies within its technological device, while modifying the modalities of their application.
The group confirms the massive deployment of a micro-hybrid offer through its ranges. 1,1 million vehicles will be equipped with the Stop & Start system in 2011 and 1,6 million in 2012.
PSA Peugeot Citroën, on the other hand, will develop its diesel hybrid program, initially planned for Peugeot 308 and Citroën C4. As the examination of the AII file by the European Commission promises to be too long and its results uncertain, the Hybrid HDi project of PSA Peugeot Citroën is redirected. Hybrid HDi will be proposed, on the horizon 2011, on models "premium" of Peugeot or Citroën, only to be able to justify by their level of services the extra cost that this technology represents for the customer.