PSA's two car brands - Peugeot and Citroën - have achieved a fleet average of 140 g/km of carbon dioxide emissions based on all the cars they sold in France in 2006. That puts PSA at the top of the heap among all the companies that sell cars in France. PSA sold over 450,000 cars that got less than 120 g/km of CO2 emitted and they are actively working to reduce CO2 output further. They've added a start/stop system to the Citroen C2 and C3 and they are developing a diesel hybrid setup that should appear in the new Peugeot 308 which should bring emissions down to 90 g/km.

If PSA is able to achieve these kinds of numbers in Europe, someone should be able to do it in the US market. The 308 is comparable in size to a Focus or the new Saturn Astra. If GM were to add the mild hybrid system to one of the diesel engines available in the Euro market Astra they could probably get a long way toward these numbers. Unfortunately that probably won't happen until Astra production moves stateside with the next generation because the current exchange rates would probably make the diesel prohibitively expensive when it's coming from Europe.

[Source: PSA]

PSA Peugeot Citroën again ranked French market leader in CO2 emissions performance with corporate average CO2 emissions of 140 g/km in 2006
For the second year in a row, PSA Peugeot Citroën has led the French market in corporate average CO2 emissions, with an average of 140 g/km weighted by new vehicle sales in France in 2006. The ranking was prepared by France's Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME).
During the year, the Group sold nearly one million vehicles in Europe with emissions of less than 140 g CO2/km (i.e. consuming less than 5.3 liters of fuel/100 km for diesel-powered models and less than 6 liters/100 km for gasoline models). Of these, more than 450,000 units emit less than 120 g CO2/km, for a 38% share of the segment in Europe, and 200,000 emit less than 110 g CO2/km.

This performance reflects an assertive commitment that has long led the Group to focus its research and development on lowering CO2 emissions.

One of the determining factors in meeting this goal has been the comprehensive revitalization of the engine lineup. The broad deployment of modern HDi common-rail technologies across the Peugeot and Citroën model ranges has driven a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous generation of engines. More than nine million vehicles equipped with HDi common-rail engines have been sold to date.

In gasoline engines, the joint development with BMW Group of the recently introduced family of small, advanced technology 1.6-liter engines with variable valve control or turbo direct injection has led to a further 10% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the engines they replace. These engines are already being offered on the Peugeot 207.

Other technologies, such as the Stop & Start system introduced on the Citroën C2 and C3, can cut CO2 emissions by 8 to 15% in city driving.

PSA Peugeot Citroën is pursuing other research projects to reduce CO2 emissions, especially through the Hybrid HDi program. The Peugeot 307 and Citroën C4 Hybrid HDi demonstrators have set radical new performance standards with fuel consumption of 3.4 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions of 90 g/km.

All of these initiatives attest to the Group's ongoing commitment to significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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