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Citroen plans C4-based diesel hybrid

Diesel future: C4 diesel arrives next month, while a diesel-electric version may be available within four years.

Citroen answers French president's demand by promising a diesel-electric car by 2010

11 Jan 2006

CITROEN plans to unveil a diesel-electric hybrid C4 concept later this month and hopes to have a production hybrid on sale by 2010.

The move comes in response to a call by the French president, Jacques Chirac, for car-makers to have such cars on sale at affordable prices within 10 years.

Citroen claims a diesel-electric hybrid is more effective at reducing fuel consumption and emissions than petrol-electric hybrids.

It also says diesel hybrids offer better fuel consumption and lower emissions without the performance and cost penalties.

Citroen has been a long-time proponent of diesel engines, having pioneered launches of common-rail direct injection diesels. It was one of the first car-makers to offer a diesel engine with a particulate filter.

Citroen will launch its C4 HDi turbo-diesel locally next month.

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