The combination of diesel and hybrid is not too common , but there was a mark that bet especially for her, Peugeot. Diesel are very sparing, which seemed to further improve their figures with a hybrid system made sense. But as Maxime Picat CEO Peugeot, he told Autocar.co.uk, Peugeot has stopped the development of its hybrid diesel. And this is something that was seen coming, as we told you some months ago. For some reason and others, hybrid diesel has lost its meaning . Maybe I never had.
Note that Peugeot bet big, very strong, hybrid diesel . To the extent that that was the only mechanics available in a model like the Peugeot 508 RXH , which ventured into French sedan in the market for family campers. With its latest update, the 508 RXH extended its range, introducing new engines without hybridization. Meanwhile, the DR 5 , one of the flagships of PSA Peugeot-Citroen, retains in its range this hybrid diesel.
As recognized Maxime Picat Peugeot has found its way into two problems , the cost of development – and even production – of these hybrid diesel not compensated under the low demand From the market. On the other hand, are engines with very limited international presence. And the results are probably not as favorable compared to gasoline hybrids.
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develop different hybrid mechanical – with necessarily different components – for Europe and other markets, it is a luxury Peugeot acknowledges can not afford .
does not pay, especially because sales are discrete in Europe and these engines do not fit in any way outside our continent . Just keep in mind, moreover, that the coming into play of new emission standards – see Euro VI – still poses many problems in diesel, with or without hybridisation, to comply with its limits, increasingly stringent, emissions of polluting gases and particles.
But the biggest problem is still in its international . The diesel hybrid could have its place in certain parts of Europe, but it could hardly be successful in countries such as Norway or the Asian giant, China. So an engine which requires high production costs, and further development would be meaningless if it becomes a small niche in a very specific region of the world. And with the ability to create different engines for different markets, Peugeot considers that the accounts do not go. In fact, every effort is focusing precisely on hybrid solutions with gasoline engines, or even hydraulic combinations based on compressed air. Maybe that’s the future of hybrid Peugeot and Citroen.
Brands like Audi or Mercedes-Benz itself continue to opt for the hybrid diesel . But again they fall into the problem of having to produce mechanical focused on different markets. While Asia can purchase a gasoline hybrid Audi Q7 (Q7 Audi e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro), in Europe we are left with the diesel (the e-tron Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro) . Mercedes-Benz also sells diesel hybrid, its BlueTEC Hybrid, but it seems that the future of the brand – which ensures that all reference sedans, and most of its SUV , shall hybrid alternative – is plug-in hybrid gasoline.
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