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French government tests confirm environmental performance of Peugeot 208 and 508

Tests by the French Government have confirmed emissions performance results published by Peugeot for its 208 and 508 vehicles.

PEUGEOT HAS issued a statement after tests by a French technical committee led by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy confirmed that both its 208 and 508 vehicles complied with homologated data. That’s a technical way of saying the emissions after lab and road testing met EU regulations.

“The purpose of the tests, which were carried out by French testing laboratory UTAC, was to verify vehicle compliance with regard to pollutant emissions. The test results confirm the validity of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s choices in terms of pollutant emission treatment technology,” Peugeot said.

The French car maker has praised the effectiveness of its Selective Catalytic Reduction technology (SCR) which was developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën.

“These results confirm the effectiveness of the exclusive BlueHDi after-treatment system, in which selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology is positioned upstream of the particulate filter to eliminate up to 90% of the nitrogen oxides (NOx) released by diesel engines and bring NOx emissions down to levels near those of petrol engines. At the same time, diesel engines maintain their advantage of 15% lower CO2 emissions and 20% greater fuel efficiency. BlueHDi is now recognised across the industry and by outside observers as the most effective system for treating NOx emissions,” Peugeot said in a statement.

PSA Peugeot Citroën rolled out SCR in late 2013 (two years before Government regulations), the system has then been gradually added to all Euro 6 compliant engines, including those vehicles with Euro 6 engines sold in Australia.

“The system was then gradually added as standard equipment on all Euro 6-compliant diesel models. The development of SCR technology represented an investment of several hundred million euros. PSA Peugeot Citroën has filed some one hundred patents for BlueHDi technology, which has undergone continuous development with a view to improving performance and cost in time for the new Euro 6.2 emissions standards in September 2017.”

The news of investigations into PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault are likely to spread across the entire automotive industry after Volkswagen was found to have installed emissions software to cheat on emissions tests by Californian authorities.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober