New Peugeot 308 to offer diesel hybrid powertrain

The new C-Class Peugeot 308 will go on sale in early 2008 and AutoExpress is reporting that a diesel hybrid version will be available about six months later. The Focus sized 308 will have a 1.6L turbodiesel mated up to an electric motor and battery pack. There's no word on what kind of battery will be used, but start-stop capability and regenerative braking will be in place.

The four door, five seat 308 is expected to get a combined rating of 69.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 90g/km, putting it almost on par with the much smaller Smart ForTwo CDi. That would make it by the cleanest, most efficient car in it's class, and drivers in London wouldn't have to pay the congestion tax. The hybrid 308 will be able on run on battery alone up to 30 mph and would be the first diesel hybrid car to go into production.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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