Say hello to the latest diesel hybrid, the new Peugeot 508 HYbrid4.

This is the third body style to feature the automaker's HYbrid4 technology, the others being the DS5 and the 3008. The four-wheel-drive diesel-electric spits out just 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer, Peugeot says, from a 2-liter HDi diesel engine that offers 120 kW (163 horsepower) alongside a 27-kW (37-hp) electric motor. That's the same set-up that has been the heart of the HYbrid4 powerplant since the system was launched in 2009.

If you're more used to mpg numbers than CO2/km, that's about equivalent to 65 miles per U.S. gallon. The car also has an all-electric mode, alongside "Auto," "Sport" and "4WD," but details on this option were not disclosed. Price, too, has not yet been revealed. On the DS5, going for the diesel-hybrid over the normal powertrain costs an extra $6,000 or so.
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New peugeot 508 hybrid4 the range of full hybrid diesels expanded with a 3rd version

21/06/2012

The innovative HYbrid4 technology is now offered with a 3rd body style in the Peugeot model range. After application to crossover and all road estate types, it is a saloon that now benefits from the unique abilities provided by the Full Hybrid Diesel. With CO2 emissions reduced to 95 g/km combined with a high level of performance, the 508 HYbrid4 represents an unequalled offering in its segment.

Peugeot is the precursor of the Full Hybrid Diesel. This technology, which is still unequalled in the market, was designed to be modular and adaptable to different platforms. With this new offering in the 508 range, Peugeot gives a 3rd dimension to HYbrid4.

Indeed the performance provided by this innovative drive train, which is based on the virtuous association of a 2.0 litre HDi Diesel engine producing 120 kW (163 hp) and a 27 kW (37 hp) electric motor, will allow the 508 HYbrid4 to win new market share, particularly with BtoB customers or in countries where there are high fiscal incentives related to CO2 emissions.

A technological step ahead allows unequalled benefits to be offered, associating performance of a high level and much reduced fuel consumption:

Maximum power of 147 kW (200 hp),
4 wheel drive,
4 driving modes including a 100% electric mode,
95 g/km CO2 for 3.6 l/100 km (78.5 mpg) on the combined cycle.

All of the qualities that contributed to the success of the 508 are of course present in this new model.

Recognisable by a discreet badge on the grille, the HYbrid4 versions retains a streamlined, prestigious and dynamic appearance. On board, the control knob used to select the 4 driving modes (Auto, ZEV, Sport, 4WD), particularly well integrated into the centre console, underlines the high level of perceived quality that characterises the whole 508 range.


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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      This post was just below the Tesla roll out post. Amazing how hybrid tech can look like yesterday's technology when next to Tesla.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool, but what is the price for one of these?
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Their drivetrain works nicely. Here is a road test on the 3008 hybrid, one of their other cars: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car-manufacturers/peugeot/8744508/Peugeot-3008-Hybrid4-review.html Pricey and pinches quite a lot of the boot though.
      JB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I though that a diesel hybrid could do better considering the Euro cycle the increased oil and energy density of diesel.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      These figures are poor. A Prius produces 89g/km CO2 and if you take the European combined mpg figure and convert it to US gallons (like here), it gets 58mpg. So this produces more CO2, and it uses about 8% less fuel, although the fuel (Diesel) is about 3% more expensive. It's going to take a long time to break even on fueling costs versus a Prius and you'll get further and further behind on emissions each mile you drive.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Not where it is being sold. The sales price of diesel in the US is irrelevant, since it is not being sold there. It is cheaper than petrol in it's target market.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          DaveMart. I looked up the sales price of Diesel in Manchester, UK. It was 137.9p/liter for Diesel and 133.9p/liter for petrol (gas). That's where I got the 3% figure from. For example, at the Sainsburys in Regent Retail Park in Manchester 95 OCT unleaded was 128.9p and Diesel is 133.9p on June 19th, 2012. http://www.whatgas.com/petrol-prices/index.html
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I was taking their main market target as being France, Germany etc., where it is cheaper. I wrongly assumed that you were looking at diesel prices in the US, where it is more expensive. Marginally more expensive diesel in the UK than petrol prices do not seem to have hindered the growth in it's market share, but it is still higher in much of Europe.
      Schobz
      • 2 Years Ago
      These numbers assume imperial gallons?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schobz
        How did there ever get to be two different sizes of gallons anyway? How annoying. The USA needs to move to the metric system. It is so sad that even the old empire (UK) has moved off the imperial system but we are still stuck with it.
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Lies. The UK still uses pounds, ounces, pints, stone, miles, and gallons. In fact, I would argue that a mixed system like the UK where the gas in priced in liters but mileage is measured in gallons is worse than either liters/liters (world) or gallons/gallons (USA) which are at least consistent.
          Anne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          How did you ever get into that gallons/pound/feet/miles confusion in the first place?
        Tweaker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schobz
        US gallons they said. What they didn't and never do tell you is that it is the Euro test which runs ~20% higher than the US test. Probably around 55mpg.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      65 MPG US MPG average combined is not bad, but l can't help but think folk would still buy a BMW 3 Series Efficient Dynamics 320D diesel non-hybrid that will offer a much better drive, with better handling and still return a respectable 57 US MPG Average/Combined and 67 US MPG out of town. That said l would prefer the BMW car for its build quality, ride and handling, with the French Pugs bomb proof diesel engine that will just run on forever fitted to it.
        Tweaker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        """65 MPG US MPG average combined is not bad, but l can't help but think folk would still buy a BMW 3 Series Efficient Dynamics 320D diesel non-hybrid that will offer a much better drive, with better handling and still return a respectable 57 US MPG Average/Combined and 67 US MPG out of town.""" They don't. Thanks to the media, you are completely confused. They do not get that mileage on the US test, but throwing out those fabulous numbers gets everybody oooohing and aaaahiing. BTW, I have heard wispers that diesel will not pass the US emission test during stop/start. Is this true? If so, is there a source? And how will that affect the prospect of a US diesel-hybrid?
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tweaker
          I know where you are coming from Tweaker the diesel have to meet tough US legislation. But when you look a to similar cars in the UK with the same capacity gasoline/diesel engines in the UK there is a big difference not sure if you get the Focus world car fitted with an Ecoboost engine. Gasoline Focus with 1.6 Ecoboost returns 39.2 US MPG on the Average/Combined in UK tests (How does that compare with EPA numbers Tweaker?). Latest Focus Econetic 1.6 diesel returns 69.1 US MPG on the Average/Combined cycle in UK tests
      george costanza
      • 2 Years Ago
      and I actually think they are quirky but pretty cool looking in other countries. In US you can't find them. you can only read about this on autoblog. awesome! would MPG still be in same with all around body armor to protect against hemis with one spoiled kid in back of giant suv so they are 'safe'. too bad nobody else is safe with giant texting big mac eating trophy wives racing to mao mart in US!!!! ironic now that car companies are now making more cars in France even yaris than go to US...I am sure right wing won't comment that non union labor in US is crap which is why so many things made in US keep getting recalled..even when most things are actually made in Canada and US and called 'american' made by shining the mirror.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      And remember how Detroit kept saying it wasn't possible to build such efficient vehicles? They were just being lazy & cheap.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        On the other hand, car buyers are really cheap. It's not just the big corps that are the prob.. :( What's another $100 of fuel per month when the car costs you $200 per month extra, ya know?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        ( what i'm trying to say is that cars like this are gonna be wickedly expensive )
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Isn't this just a Prius with a diesel engine? It shouldn't be too expensive. And with high gas prices (especially in Europe), the higher upfront cost will be paid for in fuel savings.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is carcinogenic, they should mandate as cigarette pack to put warning signs on 70% of the surface of the car.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice looking car, with a loyal and appreciative customer following. Hybrid/diesels than can use high levels of bio-fuels are getting pretty close to zero emissions. With very good fuel economy thrown in, this model should prove successful.
        george costanza
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        IF they had peugeot dealers they would have loyal following like subies with boxer engines. even VW has people who won't drive anything else but VWs so good thing VW is getting close to this same type of configuration.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Its one of the most expensive models among the 508 line up.....and the French aren't exactly rich people.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          @Nick Shhhhh......London is the new destination for wealthy French folk to re-locate their wealth and businesses. David Cameron is doing an excellent job luring the best and brightest in the French financial community, (and their money) while shoring up London's shaky grip as the world's financial Hub ! One man's capitalist parasite, is another man's valued client ! :)
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Well, that is to say, if they can get that CO2 neutral biofuels thingy going.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a big fan of the HYbrid4 system. Hybridizing a car adds a lot of weight and complexity, so why not sweeten the deal by enhancing traction and handling (if the e-RWD were programmed to activate during cornering) instead of just focusing on fuel economy?
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Hybridisation doesn't add complexity. Just look at the Prius, no clutches, no gearbox. The only things it has extra is the traction battery and power electronics. But I'd trade in mechanical complexity for electronics and a good battery any day. As the rock solid reputation of the Prius has proven, that battery and electronics just keeps going forever. No maintenance needed.
          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          Not to start a debate, but I think the HSD with its planetary gears that fuse the ICE, motor, and generator together is quite complex. You also have a high-voltage and low-voltage electrical system. Then you need to re-engineer many components to work even when the ICE isn't running. I think we just define complexity differently (e.g. maintenance vs. engineering, mechanical vs. electrical).
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        ? It can. There are different driving modes.
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