PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA could develop gasoline-electric cars for markets outside Europe including China and Brazil.
PSA thinks diesel-electric hybrids are the right choice to expand its range of fuel-efficient, low-CO2 emission cars in Europe where about half of new cars sold are diesels, but it expects customers in other global markets to choose gasoline hybrids.
“Our subsidiaries in Australia, Brazil, China, Israel and Turkey are asking us to develop gasoline-hybrids,” PSA electric vehicles director Ayoul Grouvel told Automotive News Europe in an interview earlier this month.
Grouvel said PSA is evaluating the potential for gasoline-electric hybrids in those markets, but he declined to say when the French automaker would make a final decision.
PSA is trying to reduce its reliance on Europe. In China, the company wants to achieve 8 percent market share by 2015 or 2016, up from 3.4 percent last year, Jean-Marc Gales, head of the Peugeot and Citroen brands, told journalists on Monday.
PSA's first diesel-electric hybrid goes on sale in Europe in March 2011. The automaker says the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 medium minivan will produce just 99 grams per kilometer of CO2 despite offering 200 hp. The car's 2.0-liter diesel provides 163 hp to drive the front wheels, while the remaining 37 hp comes the electric motor used by the HYbrid 4 system to power the rear wheels.
By comparison, the smaller Audi A3, which does not have a hybrid system, also produces 99g/km of CO2 but its 2.0-liter engine offers 140 hp of power.
PSA has not reveal its starting price for the hybrid variant of the 3008. The non-hybrid 3008 starts at 21,600 euros (about $26,500) in France.
By 2020, PSA predicts that gasoline-electric and diesel-electric hybrids will account for 10 percent of all new-car sales in Europe.