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Awards | 14 06 2013
HYbrid Air Technology Wins Three Awards

The technology in Peugeot’s 2008 HYbrid Air has won not one, but three European awards.

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This week, the petrol/compressed HYbrid Air innovation received the "Technologies of the Future Award" from French Insurance company MAAF. The technology, developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen, debuted on the 2008 in March this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

HYbrid Air technology has also been recognised with the innovation award at the 2013 Fleet World Honours and the Engine Technology Development of the year award for Group partner Bosch.

These European awards from automobile journalists reflect the breakthrough provided by this innovation in the drive to deliver an environmentally friendly car. In particular, jury members were impressed by Hybrid Air's ability to adapt to different driving styles, as the engine can select from one of three modes autonomously: air power (zero emission), petrol power or combined power.

"HYbrid Air technology is a breakthrough innovation in reducing fuel economy and emissions. Peugeot’s key focus is producing low emission cars that are practical and still fun to drive and the 2008 Hybrid Air is yet another example of this," said Peugeot Automobiles Australia General Manager/Director Bill Gillespie.

HYbrid Air is a completely new petrol/compressed air technology for a battery less full-hybrid powertrain. The system comprises a petrol engine, a compressed air energy storage unit, a hydraulic pump/motor unit and an automatic transmission.

The specification for this technology set clear objectives: substantial reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, on all continents, by means of affordable technology which can be applied to vehicles and light commercial vehicles in the B and C segments.

More than eighty patents testify to the expertise mobilised for this important R&D (research and development) work.

The HYbrid Air combines two energies to achieve the highest efficiency in various situations. So, the compressed air will assist, or even take the place of, the petrol engine during the phases which consume the most energy: acceleration and moving off.

HYbrid Air positions PSA Peugeot Citroën as the global leader in this technology, with an affordable core model offering that delivers lower fuel consumption and ease of use.

Each year, the Group allocates considerable sums to reducing the CO2 emissions of the vehicles its sells with the goal of offering a clean car for every type of use. New advances in powertrain technology, combined with initiatives to reduce vehicle weight and enhance aerodynamics, have made PSA Peugeot Citroën the European leader in low-carbon vehicles with average emissions of 122.5 g/km.

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