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Diesel-Electric Hybrid Berlingo Unveiled in UK

Citroen Berlingo MPV prototype demonstrates a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions compared with an equivalent diesel production car.

Published: 04-Jun-2006

LONDON — PSA Peugeot Citroën's Efficient-C prototype, just unveiled, has an ultralow-carbon-emission powertrain that is 30 percent more economical and cleaner than a standard diesel.

Three years ago the British government challenged the auto industry to develop a practical and affordable family car with ultralow carbon emissions. Today the car that met the challenge was unveiled in central London.

The car, a version of the small Citroën Berlingo MPV, was developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën in partnership with U.K.-based technology providers Ricardo and QinetiQ under the banner Efficient-C. It meets the U.K. Department for Transport's Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge criteria, emitting just 99 grams per km of CO2, based on a fully featured car.

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