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Before the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot was saying that its Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept would emit just 49 grams of CO2 per kilometer. That's the equivalent of 111 miles per gallon (US) and it was an impressive enough number for the automaker to plaster it all over the side of the show car displayed on the stand. There's just one problem: the car is actually more efficient.

Peugeot issued a short press release during the show (available below) that explains that the clean hatch actually emits just 46 grams of CO2/km. That means the Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept's true number is 118 mpg (still in US gallons, but this is using Europe's lenient NEDC European Drive Cycle Combined fuel efficiency test). Whether the problem stemmed from incorrect or incomplete testing before the show or from someone writing the six upside down, we don't know.

Aside from a frugal sense of consumption, the 208 HYbrid FE has a bit of punch. It goes 0-62 miles per hour in eight seconds, which isn't going to set records but does reveal a bit of the car's racing roots from the Peugeot Sport department. That history may also explain why Peugeot took out the air conditioning system, citing, "its impact on fuel consumption." Perhaps it's a good thing this concept is destined just for the auto show circuit.
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At 46g CO2/km, the 208 HYbrid FE exceeds its objective

During the Peugeot press conference at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Maxime Picat, Peugeot's Managing Director, announced that the 208 HYbrid FE has exceeded its objectives. The Peugeot Total partnership had passed a new limit for a non plug-in petrol full hybrid vehicle: 46g CO2/km, equal to fuel consumption of just 1.9 l/100km (148.7 mpg).


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      paulwesterberg
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks Sporty! I like the rear view cameras. Are the wheels actually carbon fiber or just cabon/plastic plated?
      BipDBo
      • 6 Months Ago
      It's a good thing Peugeot doesn't have prospects of trying to sell in Florida. In the summer here, dealerships don't sell cars. They sell air conditioners with wheels.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 6 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        98F, and 90% humidity... and it gets hotter when you're sitting inside a car. Not having A/C can actually be dangerous to your health if you live in a hot climate. (ABG, let's use the "/" so we know you're talking about air conditioning and not alternating current, please?)
      Ele Truk
      • 6 Months Ago
      So does anybody else think that 118MPG is unrealistic? This car hardly looks as aerodynamic or lightweight as the Edison 2, and it only got 102.5 MPG. In the press release it says 148.7 MPG.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ele Truk
        Here's more detail about the very lightweight construction and aerodynamic design: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/26/peugeot-reveals-le-mans-derived-208-hybrid-fe-prototype/ With every trick in the book thrown at it, Peugeot has indeed made an extremely efficient vehicle. However - this is just a prototype, and is only a showcase of technologies. Notice that there is no list price? I'd imagine that it would be in the stratosphere, just like the VW XL1.
      vazzedup
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just roll down the windows when air is needed!
        offib
        • 6 Months Ago
        @vazzedup
        It's obvious ain't it? If you're in Spain, Turkey or hot places in the US (not literally, Peugeot isn't selling there), an A/C would be nice, if not necessary. Yet, if you're living in Europe, northern Europe specifically, from my perspective in Ireland, A/C is so ridiculous, a heater is much more important! If it gets stuffy, especially in those weird two week sun spells, all you need it the window down. The same can be said for the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, etc.