Peugeot Citroën's overall sales were down seven-tenths of a percent last year, but the Citroën C4 Picasso was launched successfully last October. That's good to hear, as I've been paying special attention to news about the C4. The reason I'm excited about C4 news is that potential of the C4 prototype that we learned about last year. The prototype features something called Stop & Start technology, which shuts the diesel-hybrid engine down when the car stops moving and automatically starts up again when you push down on the gas pedal. PSA says the production version should be on dealer lots in 2010. The C4's current 45 mpg rating (on diesel) should be boosted to around 84 mpg with Stop & Start. PSA says that the C4 Picasso sold over 24,000 units in the last quarter of 2006. Sales of the marque's compact line-up (which includes the C1, C2, C3 and C3 Pluriel) also grew, with unit sales gaining 3.9 percent.

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[Source: PSA Peugeot Citroën]


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