• Sep 8th 2011 at 3:59PM
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Peugeot has officially started taking orders for its diesel-electric 3008 HYbrid4 over in Europe. Priced from £26,995 ($43,659 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in the UK, the world's first production diesel through-the-road hybrid seems a decent value.

The mid-size crossover uses a system that consists of a 163-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four diesel engine driving the front wheels and a 37-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle, which operates independently of the 3008's internal combustion drivetrain. This is known as a "through-the-road hybrid." Peugeot says the 3008 HYbrid4 returns a remarkable 61.9 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the European combined driving cycle fuel consumption and spits out CO2 emissions at a rate of 99 grams per kilometer.

Having sold out all of its far-more expensive 300 limited edition 3008 HYbrid4s in just nine days, we'd assume Peugeot will have no problem selling a decent batch of this more reasonably priced diesel-electric crossover.


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      Vimicus
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is brilliant. From one car fanatic to another... Anyone who thinks this car is a bad idea is bonkers. "Gasoline engines exist because oil companies need to sell their by-product from petroleum, an inferior fuel called gasoline." The majority of people are so oblivious to how superior a diesel engine is compared to a gasoline engine. Not surprising, the majority of people are oblivious to 90% of things. Sigh.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      The prius emits 89g perk of CO2 so it is more efficient than what this would score for mpg on the standard EPA test. Personally I think the 308 hybrid looks much better, this is an unnecessarily big & heavy SUV crossover.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        This will drive completely differently to the Prius, and it's focus is not as a super-miler, but as a desirable car which also gets good mileage. Try switching on your 4WD on the Prius, for instance, or opening the split tail-gate.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        BTW, 0-60 8.8 seconds.
      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes thats not bad price Chevy Volt in Europe will cost £33,545 ($53,534), you get HUD and 4x4 as Standard, the 3008 Pugs bomb proof diesel engine won't be run in till reaches 200,000 miles when the Volts power plant starts to give up. I think the Pug 3008 will only cost £2,000 more to buy in the UK than a standard diesel non hybrid version, probably because you only get 2.8 miles (2.3 US MPG) on the battery only, but it averages mainly 61.9 US MPG on diesel power is absolutely amazing. It is huge inside compared to a Toyota Prius with a lot more space inside with huge luggage space and it beats the Prius on MPG.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        The battery pack is not there primarily to run around in EV mode. The plug-in version with the larger pack due for release next year will cover that. It is the battery supplementing the diesel engine which is the reason for the very good mileage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you want to talk about the 3008 Hybrid 4 and all the PSA models that use (or will use) the hybrid 4 system, go to this new dedicated forum: http://myhybrid4.com/viewforum.php?f=11 You can find detailed info, photos, and reviews about 3008 hybrid 4. Regards
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      61.9mpg (US) on the European combined driving cycle is not remarkable, it's about the same as a Prius. And the Prius crushes it on CO2.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a pretty good price for an excellent car.
      EVdriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diesel hybrid is a dumb idea. It's heavier, more complex, more expensive, less reliable AND less efficient at the same time than the best gas hybrids today, not to mention its environment footprint is much worse. Moreover because of the poor acceptance of diesels worldwide economies of scale can't bring the price down. A typical lose-lose situation. Hybrid or not, diesel is a dead end.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVdriver
        "Diesel hybrid is a dumb idea" not in the case of the Peugeot system: the diesel engine is on the front axle, the electrical one on the rear axle, so that there is absolutely NO difficulty to marry diesel and electricity.... Sorry if you don't like diesel, but this kind of hybid is realy the first one which will bring a breackthrough on the automotive market!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVdriver
        Peugeot engineers would beg to differ. They claim that the qualities of diesel engines marry well with a boost from an electric engine.
      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diesel are very well accepted worldwide, everywhere except North America & Japan. Toyota Prius is the 52nd most fuel efficient car you can buy in the UK, non hybrid diesels make up the top 50 most can be brought at a very small fraction of the price of a Toyota Prius. Diesel power plants will last twice as long, and won't need expensive battery replacements after several years off use, the cost of which could keep the diesel running for free for the next seven years of motoring. Toyota Prius is the 52nd most fuel efficient car you can buy in the UK. UKhttp://www.nextgreencar.com/search_database/index.php?filters
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        I'm sorry a Prius spat on you and called you names, let the hate go! In the USA the Prius is the most reliable car in its class in Consumer Reports, TruDelta and JD Powers surveys. The battery is warranted for 8 yrs/100,000 miles. Considering its size and features, it's a phenomenal and as yet unrivaled achievement. (I don't drive one.)
        Chu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Sorry sir, but that list is pointless. There is no point in comparing cars in different classes. Filter down the list to "Large Family" vehicle class and Prius PHV becomes 1st and regular Prius 3rd. Hybrids don't need traction battery replacements either. Diesels are accepted ONLY in the EU because of twisted rule making of diesel tax ("thanks" to German auto manufacturers pressure).
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      National Healthcare that does NOT bankrupt you, Real Vacation Time, live life as a Human being, and Get This Car Too?!? IT's to Much France.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Air France, departs USA for France, (NY) 9 flights daily, only 7 hours fying time!
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