Peugeot will give a world debut to its latest model the new 308 at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Built around the all-new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) architecture, the car is the lightest model in its segment according to Peugeot. The body is 140kg lighter than the outgoing model and with reduced overhangs the overall length is shortened to 4.25 metres.
The C-segment hatchback will be displayed in production specification alongside the new 308 R Concept.
Two variants of the brand’s HYbrid4 diesel-electric hybrid products will also be displayed – the 208 HYbrid FE ‘demonstrator’ and the 2008 HYbrid Air Concept.
Peugeot says it is aiming to create an affordable production vehicle capable of achieving in excess of 141mpg, and is turning to new solutions such as HYbrid Air technology as part of that quest.
The 2008 HYbrid Air is a car which combines a petrol engine and a compressed air powertrain. The latter element recovers energy on braking and deceleration and will be applied to B and C segment Peugeot cars and vans from 2016.
New technologies are also explored in the 208 HYbrid FE ‘demonstrator’, developed by the French car maker in partnership with Total. The car emits 49g/km of CO2 and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds claims Peugeot.
The result is due to improved aerodynamic properties, weight reduction from the inclusion of composite materials and polycarbonates, plus a petrol/electric drivetrain which combines the three-cylinder engine and an automated gearbox with an electric motor and battery. The car also features composite suspension and wheels, while specially designed tyres further reduce rolling resistance states Peugeot.