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Other | 23 01 2013
PSA Innovation Day unveils cars of the future

PSA Peugeot Citroën presents major innovations for the cars of the future, including their ground-breaking Hybrid Air technology at the group's Innovation Day in France on Wednesday 23rd January 2013.

Guillaume Faury, Executive Vice President of Research & Development at PSA Peugeot Citroën, welcomed 100 business and political decision makers, partners and journalists to the Group's Automotive Design Network (ADN) R&D centre in Vélizy, France with an impressive insight in to the group's future plans: "The process by which automobiles evolve is advancing very quickly in what is a profoundly changing environment. In 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the European leader in fuel-efficient cars, with the market’s lowest CO2 emissions. We are stepping up our innovation here at PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the major challenges of tomorrow’s mobility. Today, we will be showing you pioneering solutions for vehicles that respond to new customer expectations in an ever-more environmentally friendly way.”

During the event, guests had the opportunity to discover several game-changing technologies developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the challenges facing the car of the future, including urbanisation, climate change, consumers' changing vehicle needs and new ways of using vehicles.

The star of the day however, was the Group's world-premiere presentation of a revolutionary technology called Hybrid Air, a petrol and compressed air full-hybrid solution. During a press conference at the event, Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Group's Managing Board, Guillaume Faury, Executive Vice President of Research & Development, Philippe Bouyoux, France’s Deputy General Commissioner for Investment Projects and François Loos, Chairman of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), unveiled this impressive new type of full-hybrid powertrain. Hybrid Air is a breakthrough technology, which combines a petrol engine and compressed air for energy storage, and represents a key step towards the 2l/100km car by 2020.

Two other new solutions available on Peugeot and Citroën brand vehicles from 2013 were also presented:

Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2):
EMP2 is a new generation global modular platform that provides effective solutions in terms of modularity, equipment and carbon reduction.

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR):  
An innovative technology to maintain PSA's leadership in diesel engine efficiency and lower NOx emissions to the level of petrol engines. Because it is positioned upstream from the Diesel Particulate Filter (FAP) with additive, this unique technology makes it possible to both eliminate NOx and reduce fuel consumption (by 2 to 4% from Euro 5 levels).

Lastly, innovations that set the stage for the car of the future were also on display, including:

Eco Hybrid: a broadly accessible hybrid solution
The use of this technology on petrol and diesel vehicles in the B, C and D segments will reduce CO2 emissions by 15g/km and cut fuel consumption by up to 15%.

Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EGR): an innovative solution to optimise petrol engine fuel consumption
This innovation is designed to improve petrol engine efficiency and deliver significant fuel savings.

Hydole: a mainly electric hybrid demonstrator
The Group and its partners have developed a plug-in hybrid demonstrator that puts peace of mind into the electric vehicle (EV) driving experience to test the potential uses of the car of the future and meet customer expectations for driving range, comfort and affordability.

VelV: the light city electric vehicle
60% of trips within cities are made in individual cars, with a resulting impact on CO2 emissions. VelV is a light electric vehicle project designed to meet city and suburban driving needs with a record power consumption level of just 85 Wh/km travelled.

To find out more about the innovations presented at Innovation Day visit our corporate website.


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