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.
Through The Road Hybrid
At the Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot has announced that one year after it introduces its first diesel hybrid based on the 3008 crossover, it will launch a plug-in version of the same vehicle. The 3008 will be the first vehicle to use the PSA-developed Hybrid4 system and, unless someone like Mercedes pulls a surprise later this year, it may be the first production diesel hybrid if it launches as scheduled early next year.
The Nissan Qashqai compact crossover is set for an update in 2010 and it may get a new through-the-road hybrid system. The Qashqa, built at Nissan's UK plant and sold in European markets, currently uses a conventional all wheel drive system driven by a take-off from the front transaxle.
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