Peugeot diesel hybrid wins eco car award

The five-seat crossover has won the Diesel Car magazine award because of its use of the world’s first ever diesel hybrid engine setup.

Using a 2.0-litre diesel matched to an electric motor, the car delivers 74mpg and 99g/km of CO2 emissions – a fact practically unheard of from a larger car in the crossover or compact MPV segment.

It is this use of diesel and electric technology which has led to the award from the magazine. Ian Robertson, Editor, Diesel Car Magazine, said: "The 3008 is one of the very best crossovers, and as a diesel-electric hybrid it’s an ace combination. The 3008 HYbrid4 is a green-friendly model for the real world that can be refuelled within minutes, not hours."

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 will go on sale in UK dealerships, including Perrys Peugeot dealers, in autumn and prices will start from around £25,000.

Another Peugeot car, the Peugeot RCZ coupe, also picked up an award in the Sports Car of the Year category. The ‘svelte and sexy’ RCZ was praised by judges for its supercar looks, low price tag and 2.0-litre HDI 163bhp diesel engine.

Robertson explained: "We love it for its styling pizzazz, for its torquey turbodiesel verve, and for the smile it plasters across your face when you drive it."

The Peugeot RCZ was launched last year and features some distinctive styling touches such as the double bubble roof design and new Peugeot front end. Prices for the 2+2 coupe start from £21,245.

Andrew Didlick, Director of Communications for Peugeot said: "Peugeot has long paved the way in diesel technology and HYbrid4 is at the fore of automotive technology.

"Having the 3008 and RCZ being recognised in this manner by Diesel Car Magazine is an honour and one we are all extremely proud of."