The PSA Group is fulfilling its commitments to customers by publishing the results of real-world fuel consumption tests for 30 core models.
The results come from a test procedure established with two non-governmental organisations, Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature Environment (FNE), and have been audited by Bureau Veritas. Reliable and reproducible, the test procedure measures the real-world fuel consumption of PSA customers.
Based on the European Union's Real Driving Emissions (RDE) project, the procedure measures fuel consumption by means of a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS) installed on the vehicle. Bureau Veritas, an independent and internationally respected body, guarantees the procedure, ensuring that it is conducted in line with specifications and that the results are reliable.
The measurements were made on public roads open to traffic (25 km urban, 39 km rural and 31 km motorway) and under real-life driving conditions, notably with passenger and luggage loads, road gradients, and the use of air-conditioning systems. The measurements are comparable to those made by PSA customers (obtained from independent customer surveys). They show that the procedure designed with T&E and FNE is scientifically robust, reproducible and representative of a typical driver.
In November 2015, with collapsing consumer confidence in car testing, the PSA Group decided to take a unique approach by publishing real-world fuel consumption data for its cars in order to be transparent with customers. It undertook to do this with respected environmental organisations and certification partners. This initiative is a world first in the automotive industry.
By the end of 2016, the Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands will offer a simulator on their websites to enable customers to predict their vehicles' fuel consumption based on driving style and conditions (city/country/motorway mix, vehicle load, etc.). At the same time, an eco driving application will also be made available online to customers to help them manage their fuel consumption.
Commenting on the announcement, Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, said: "The PSA Group has today published real-world consumption data for 30 Peugeot, Citroën and DS models, in line with the commitment to transparency made in October 2015. As part of its drive to continuously provide customers with more information, the Group will publish figures for another 20 models by the end of the year and introduce a simulator allowing customers to reduce their fuel consumption depending on driving conditions, thereby lowering their CO2 emissions. In 2017, the PSA Group will move to the next level by extending measurements to pollutant emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in customer driving conditions."
Greg Archer, Clean Vehicles Director at Transport & Environment, said: "This real-word test provides more representative information to consumers than new laboratory tests, helping them to choose the most fuel-efficient, low-carbon models."
An article published on Auto Express UK, also revealed aanother victory for the environmentalists - The average CO2 emissions for new cars continues to fall across Europe, with average CO2 emissions totalling 119.3g/km for new vehicles, down 3.2 per cent from the previous year.
Peugeot is the new emissions leader, just ahead of Citroen and Renault, with average vehicle CO2 emissions totalling 103.5g/km – an improvement of 5.8g/km from the previous year. Part of the impressive cuts in emissions comes down to the frugal 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engines found in small cars like the 108. However, it wasn’t just the superminis that were leading the charge, hatchbacks like the 308 also saw average CO2 figures dipping below 100g/km for the first time.
About PSA Group:
With its three world-renowned brands, Peugeot, Citroën and DS, the PSA Group sold 3 million vehicles worldwide in 2015. Second largest carmaker in Europe, the PSA Group recorded sales and revenue of €54 billion in 2015. The Group confirms its position of European leader in terms of CO2 emissions, with an average of 104.4 grams of CO2/km in 2015. With a fleet of 1.8 million connected vehicles on the road worldwide, the Group is on the cutting edge of innovation in this field, and is expanding its services as a mobility provider. It is also involved in financing activities (Banque PSA Finance) and automotive equipment (Faurecia).
For more information, please visit groupe-psa.com/en.
About Transport & Environment (T&E):
Transport & Environment (T&E) is the only environmental organisation working at European-level to develop a more sustainable transport policy. Its work to clean up road transport includes promoting the development of vehicles that are more sustainable in terms of their impact on the environment and human health.
About France Nature Environment:
France Nature Environment is the French federation of associations for the protection of nature and environment. This is the spokesman of a movement of 3,000 associations, grouped in 80 member organizations, presents throughout the French territory in mainland France and overseas territories.
France Nature Environment, wherever the nature needs us. www.fne.asso.fr
About Bureau Veritas:
Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services. It offers services and innovative solutions to ensure that clients' assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. The group has 66,000 employees in 1,400 offices and laboratories around the world.
For more information, visit www.bureauveritas.com.