And now for some good news for a company that can use it.

Peugeot says it has boosted the fuel economy of its 3008 HYbrid4 crossover diesel hybrid by about 30 percent while cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions by about eight percent.

The French automaker has upgraded the motor software systems to that, starting this month, the hybrid – fitted with low rolling resistance tires – will get 80.7 miles per gallon per combined on the more forgiving (compared to America's) European driving cycle, up from the 61.9 mpg for the version that went on sale in Europe about a year ago.

Additionally, greenhouse-gas emissions are down to 91 grams per kilometer, from 99 g/km. For 3008 HYbrid4's with regular tires, fuel efficiency is up to 74.3 mpg. Peugeot started selling the crossover hybrid last September. The model pairs a 163-horsepower inline-four-cylinder diesel engine with a 37-horsepower electric motor.

The positive news follows up some not-so-sunny developments for the automaker, which later this month will be de-listed from France's benchmark stock index, the CAC 40. Peugeot, which has been on the index since its 1987 inception, has seen its stock drop to quarter-century lows and took a first-half loss of more than $1 billion.
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NEW VERSION OF THE 3008 HYbrid4:CO2 EMISSIONS FROM 91 g/km

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, the first full hybrid Diesel crossover in the world, makes progress to reduce its CO2 emissions to 91 g/km.

Peugeot, the precursor of the HYbrid4 technology, stays one step ahead by improving the environmental performance of its innovative drive train.
With a wealth of experience obtained in the development of 3 full hybrid Diesel models in the Peugeot range (3008 HYbrid4, 508 RXH, 508 HYbrid4), the engineers, in their unceasing work to develop this technology, identified points for optimisation.

New management software for the motors, including a certain number of improvements, has been developed and will be included in 3008 HYbrid4 vehicles on sale from September 2012. These changes, which optimise the phases of energy recovery and the management of the batteries, have allowed new savings to be made in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. It is particularly in urban driving that the benefits are most marked.

The 3008 HYbrid4 is now type-approved on the combined cycle at 91 g/km and 3.5 l/100 km (80.7 mpg) for the version fitted with very low rolling resistance 16'' tyres. The models fitted with other tyres (16'' M+S, 17'' or 18'') also see their CO2 emissions reduced to 99 g /km for a fuel consumption figure of only 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg).


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      Unni
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't GM donated 3 Billion Tax payer money to them ? So one Billion loss is on American tax payer ?? from the 61.9 mpg to 80.7 miles per gallon is excellent (specially with 4x4 and CUV size ), why don't they sell these in North America ?
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they lose 1 billion per year then it's not this costly to build underperforment car and still polluting that will raise the sales and the profits. They should have put for sale a real non-polluting car instead that cost less to build and sale for a higher price. This is the 100th fail at putting a green car on the market since 20 years.
      Gwido
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously??? How can the fuel economy increase by 30% while CO2 emissions decrease by 8%? Maybe you haven't realized that imperial gallons <> US gallons What a clueless article
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is even more embarrassing, if the journalist had actually done a little investigation, is that the article is referring to British gallons. Knock another 20% off and the real mileage in our world... 3.5 l/100 km = 67 mpg US on the Euro test, or ~54 on the US test.. Not quite the earth shattering headline anymore....
        TPGIII
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        Since diesels emit about 14% more C02 emissions per gallon used than gas, 54 mpg has about the same C02 emissions as 47mpg gas or the same as the Ford C-Max. Good, but no, not earth shattering.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TPGIII
          This emits 91g/km while the Prius emits 89g/km. Pretty damn good considering that this is similar in size, more powerful and drives all 4 wheels as well. I think pretty much anyone woudl take that trade-off.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everybody knows that you knock ~20% (conservatively) from those numbers to make them relevant mpg's on the US test. Why won't journalists do this?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        Perhaps because this is not solely an American site?
          Tweaker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          It is clearly US centric. Why confuse the target audience?
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        ...will get 80.7 miles per gallon per combined on the more forgiving (compared to America's) European driving cycle...
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        It's actually a fair amount more than that. For instance, the Toyota Prius is rated at 72.4mpg combined in Europe (via the UK Toyota website), while it's rated at 50mpg combined here. That's a 30% decrease from the UK figures
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        Speaking as an American, gallons, miles, and other english units are a horrible way to measure things. We need to switch to liters, km, kg for the good of mankind. Europe should adopt the EPAs stringent vehicle testing guidelines, while the EPA should adopt the letter grade efficiency rating system from the Europeans.
          krona2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          We should definitely have a unified system by now. I still can't believe charging plugs and sockets couldn't be standardised in this day and age. Frankly it's pathetic.
      transpower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah, but they're still using a six-speed transmission; they need to switch to a much more efficient CVT!
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should take these improvements and apply them to the much better looking Peugeot 308h.
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