Citroen C3 Hybrid Air shows its green credentials in Geneva

Citroen C3 Hybrid Air at 2013 Geneva Motor Show
Citroen C3 Hybrid Air at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

C3 facelift also there

Although overlooked by many, the Citroën C3 Hybrid Air is one of the most interesting cars being showcased in Geneva this year.

Presented together with the facelifted C3, the special version of the French supermini utilizes PSA's Hybrid Air powertrain which is scheduled to enter production in 2016 for B-segment models. This revolutionary system consists of a gasoline engine, compressed air, a hydraulic motor-pump and an automatic gearbox featuring an epicyclic gear train.

The French automakers did not go into many details but they say the powertrain can work on gasoline, air or a combination of the two. PSA says that in the Citroën C3 or Peugeot 208 with the Hybrid Air technology would allow the cars to have a fuel consumption of just 2.9 liters / 100 km (81.1 mpg US or 97.4 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of only 69 g/km. During urban driving, the cars can be utilized in Air mode as zero-emission vehicles for 60-80 percent of the time.

Source: Citroen


“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.”

With this message, 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 for its Innovation Day.

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' shifting mobility choices and new ways of using vehicles.

In particular, the Group organised a world-premiere presentation of a revolutionary technology called Hybrid Air, a petrol and compressed air full-hybrid solution.
During a press conference, 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 a new type of full-hybrid powertrain known as Hybrid Air. This breakthrough technology, which combines a petrol engine and compressed air for energy storage, represents a key step towards the 2l/100km car by 2020.

Other brand new solutions available as from 2013 on Peugeot and Citroën brand vehicles to meet emerging expectations were also presented, including:

EMP2: PSA Peugeot Citroën’s new global modular platform
Participants were treated to a preview of the Group’s new global platform, Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2). This new generation platform provides effective solutions in terms of modularity, equipment and carbon reduction.

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR): an innovative technology for eliminating diesel NOx emissions
In 2013, PSA Peugeot Citroën will introduce selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to maintain its 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 (DPF) 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 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 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.

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HelioMartins HelioMartins
Citroën could and should use their pneumatic sunspension system to help recharge the batteries. Reduces the stress on the brakes and it recharges much faster.
Mar 10th, 2013 10:29pm
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
i like the idea better than electric batteries with their well known problems. this tech should be invested in to replace the other hybrid sistem
Mar 9th, 2013 3:50am
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