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Peugeot Citroen news — Hybrid engine returns 82.9mpg -2006

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Peugeot and Citroen have combined to produce a
diesel-electric hybrid engine. 

The 1.6-litre unit, called the Hybride, was unveiled
in the Peugeot 307 and Citroen C4. 

Both cars are capable of an astonishing 82.9mpg with
only 90g/km of carbon dioxide emissions.

A standard 1.6-litre turbodiesel 307 or C4 is capable
of 60mpg and 125g/km emissions.

The Hybride system uses the existing models’ diesel
engine coupled to an electric motor. The electric motor also works as a
generator to charge the battery when the car is decelerating.

Both cars can be driven as purely electric or diesel,
or with a combination of both power sources. 

Citroen and
Peugeot say the Hybride technology could be on sale in production cars by 2010
but that costs make would make it prohibitively expensive at the moment.

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