Peugeot-Citroen Dangles Prospect of Small Diesel-Hybrid Minivan

Last week, we reported that Mitsubishi is taking steps to produce a diesel-electric car—in the form of the Lancer Evo diesel hybrid. Automotive News today reports that Peugeot-Citroen’s first diesel-electric hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 small minivan, could be exported outside Europe.

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 goes on sale in Europe in March 2011. The automaker says the 3008 Hybrid 4 will produce just 99 grams per kilometer of CO2 despite offering 200 horsepower. The car’s 2.0-liter diesel provides 163 horsepower to the front wheels, and an electric motor supplies 37 hp to the rear wheels. When Peugeot demonstrated the 3008 HYbrid concept at the Paris auto show in 2008, it said the vehicle could get 57 miles per gallon.

Peugeot-Citroen electric vehicles director Ayoul Grouvel told Automotive News Europe that subsidiaries in Australia, Brazil, China, Israel and Turkey are asking for hybrids. The auto markets in China and Brazil are experiencing wild growth, and would be enticing to Peugeot-Citroen.

The company believes that diesel-electric hybrids make sense to expand fuel-efficient offerings in Europe and Asia, but expects U.S. customers to choose gas-powered hybrids. And yet, U.S. hybrid fans have been screaming for a hybrid minivan for years. Could you imagine the reaction from greeny families to a small stylish hybrid minivan, with third-row seating (even if squeezed), running on biodiesel?

By 2020, Peugeot-Citroen predicts that gas-electric and diesel-electric hybrids will account for 10 percent of all new-car sales in Europe.

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  • caffeinekid

    I don’t know. The last time Peugeot had cars in North America, they did A LOT less “running” and a lot more sitting in the service bay. Albeit, they drove nicely and the French certainly know how to build for good comfort….and they DO have the endearing imaginative European look about them. I just don’t know if I would drop down the what is sure to be big dollars for one though.

  • simon@syd

    I agree – it sounds AWSOME – but I’d be too worried to buy what would be a very expensive Pug. Though my dad owned and loved a 404…

  • tw8s

    Huh? MiniVan? Third row seating?
    The thing looks the size and shape of a Honda Insight -or- it has 17-inch-diagonal side view mirrors.

  • ovaere

    No 3rd row seating.
    sorry, it’s french 😉

  • Charles

    A bit off topic. I thought that Peugeot-Citroen would have been a leading candidate to purchase or at least supply cars for the GM castoff Saturn. It is too late now, but I think it would have been a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    This site says:

    “The 3008 will be offered in five and seven-seat configurations, with the latter featuring a third row of fold-flat chairs.”

    Regardless, it will be tight. European-style mininvan, or Mazda5 style, not like big American minivan.

  • tw8s

    @ovaere – Very nice website; Thanks for the link.
    Curious to call the 3008 a minivan, or as Peugot labels it a ‘Crossover’. It is 10% taller, 6% wider, and 2% shorter than my Prius. Maybe the label is due to the fold-down rear seat and the combo hatch/tail-gate rear access.
    Apparently it is targeted for short, sturdy folk: it has less headroom, but more hiproom than my car.

  • Dom

    Well, a few years ago I visited France, and my cousin had a diesel mini-van. I’m fairly certain it was probably about the size of our so-called crossovers or like somebody said, the Mazda5. Our current mini-vans have grown to almost the size of old full-sized vans now… ugh.

  • Jeffery Haas

    “The company expects US families to choose a gas hybrid”????

    WHY?? Why when a diesel hybrid would get much better mileage? Oh I know why, because the myth that “Americans don’t like diesels is so permanently woven into our national fabric by the oil companies that NO ONE even tries to find out if it’s the truth.

  • Jeffery Haas

    Bring that diesel hybrid minivan OVER here and IGNORE the usual “Americans are expected to choose gasoline”..
    EDUCATE the Americans and show them ridiculously good gas mileage and TRUST ME, they WILL choose the diesel.

  • siri atma

    Just drove the Citroen C4 Picasso diesel for two weeks in Europe. Good acceleration, nice Navigation system, backup proximity sensor, auto folding side mirrors, 6 speed transmission, 40 mpg. Cons: No USB input on the stereo, mirrors fold when car locked (sure way to see car is left unlocked).
    Drove 1975 504 for a year in 1979, didn’t have any problems with it then either.

  • Someonewho Wantsausacitroendieselnow

    It was the fall of 89 when i hot my first diesel fro citroen,A BX.
    But been in the usa now drive the FIAT,Take that citroen.
    It there some little thing about the USA or do you make all the money you need and you don’t need more of it is why you refuse to let the USA have there new Citroen diesel.
    If Wall mart were a Citroen car-dealership I would bet you there would have one here.
    GET over IT allready and bring us a good car.

    Still waiting.