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Geneva 2013 Preview: Peugeot 2008 crossover takes center stage

Geneva 2013 Preview: Peugeot 2008 crossover takes center stage image

Text: / Photos: Peugeot Press | posted February 19, 2013 14:18

Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE hints of future hybrid tech from the company

Peugeot will be taking their all-new Peugeot 2008 to the center stage on this year's Geneva Motor Show. The latest urban crossover from the French car maker is set to address the increasing demands of customers around the world and will be the first among the brand's developing crossover range.

The Peugeot 2008 is the first vehicle produced by the company that has been designed, developed, and engineered simultaneously by Peugeot employees based is Europe, China and Latin America in order to come up with a true global car.

The 2008 blends the success and design of the 3008 with all the features, performance and state-of-the-art engines of the new 208 supermini. The result is an innovative new vehicle for the B-segment. The crossover is intended for young city-dwellers as it comes with Peugeot's latest e-HDi diesel and three-cylinder petrol engines.

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Alongside the 2008, Peugeot will also be showcasing the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE, it is the brand's latest concept car and illustrates the direction that Peugeot is taking with regards to engine technology.

It benefits from a number of technical enhancements including a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain, optimized aerodynamics, a 200kg weight reduction and low rolling resistance wheels and tires. The result is a car which emits just 49g/km of CO2, a figure which is two times less than the already very efficient Peugeot 208 1.0-liter VTi. Performance isn't compromised at all as it will still accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 8.0 seconds – almost as quick as the 208 GTi.

Peugeot's 'Hybrid Air', a hybrid system that uses compressed air instead of the traditional batteries will also be displayed at the booth as part of the brand's huge display of 31 production and concept vehicles.