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Groupe PSA launching a new generation of small vans based on EMP2 platform for Peugeot, Citroën and Opel/Vauxhall

Forerunner and historical leader of the leisure activity vehicle (LAV)—i.e., small vans—segment in Europe, Groupe PSA will introduce three latest-generation models designed for its different brands: Peugeot, Citroën and Opel/Vauxhall. The new line-up stems from a single development program aimed at increasing the efficiency of investments and resources devoted to vehicle development, in response to customer needs and usage patterns.

Developed based on the EMP2 platform, the new models will accommodate the latest generation of powertrains and driver assistance equipment. To cover all the needs of LAV customers, the vehicles will come in two lengths, each available in 5- and 7‑seater versions. The new vehicles will be unveiled by their respective brands. Utility versions of the passenger vehicles will be rolled out in a few months.

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PSA Groupe’s latest powertrains will include new diesel engines, presented in May 2017, which meet the requirements of the future Euro6.d regulations that come into force in 2020. The engines will meet an RDE compliance factor of 1.5 instead of the required level of 2.1 for NOx emissions—three years ahead of the regulation deadline.

These new Diesel engines benefit from advances made in their emissions reduction system, the BlueHDi technology, making them more effective in treating NOx. This technological evolution was inaugurated with the new 1.5 BlueHDi 130 S&S engine.

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The PSA Group has also developed a particulate filter, or GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter), to treat particle emissions from direct injection gasoline engines. This technology offers 75% higher efficiency in terms of the number of particles captured.

PSA Groupe has begun rolling out the particulate filter (GPF) to all PSA Group direct injection gasoline engines, on the 3-cylinder turbo engine families, as well as the 4-cylinder models, regardless of the model.

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All of these developments in engines are combined with an expanded range of gearboxes, including a new 6-speed manual transmission and an 8-speed automatic transmission (EAT8) to more significantly increase fuel economy, while providing the best level of driving comfort.

The EMP2 platform is also targeted for a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The four brands’ models will be produced at the Vigo (Spain) and Mangualde (Portugal) facilities. To meet the sales ambitions set for the new line-up, a fourth team in Vigo and a third in Mangualde will be created in the coming months.

Industrial innovations ranging from automatic storage on press lines to geometric quality control using artificial vision, collaborative robots (cobots) and the Full Kitting system with distribution via self-guided vehicles (SGVs) will bring both sites firmly into the “Factory 4.0” era.

Comments

HarveyD

Priority seems to be given to Diesel polluting units instead of cleaner electrified machines?

Peter_XX

With the other cars just recently launched, PSA now offers the first affordable cars with GPFs. Albeit not quite as efficient as diesel DPFs, 75% reduction of particle number emissions is still a giant leap.

For the diesel engines, note the combination of NOx storage catalyst (NSC) and SCR that enables these engines to fulfil the RDE limits in future Euro 6d legislation.

Peter_XX

@HarveyD
A recent paper in the scientific journal shows that PN emissions from the tailpipe of a diesel car is ~50% lower than in ambient air. Thus, diesel cars clean the ambient air from the most hazardous pollutant, particle emissions. This, an electrified machine could never do.

Peter_XX

Child miners aged four living a hell on Earth so YOU can drive an electric car:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764208/Child-miners-aged-four-living-hell-Earth.html

Lad

PeterXX:
What about the NOX and CO2, etc. Exhaust particulates are caused mostly by direct fuel injection in both the gassers and the diesel engines. EVs don't produce particulates. Stuff like this is part of the campaign by entrenched oil and/or car makers to slow up moving to clean energy so they can continue to profit by polluting. 'Buy a diesel and run it to clean up the air'...sure it will...ha...sounds like another definition of stupid.
What's with this reluctance to drive a car that's better in every way than a diesel? Addicted to the diesel slow acceleration, the smells, fumes, the noise?; Do you believe the oil companies and/or the ICE salesmen? God help you if you do.

And BTW, mining oil and gas has killed lots more people, including children than electric materials mining ever will.

Jeffgreen54

@Peter XX

A recent paper in the scientific journal shows that PN emissions from the tailpipe of a diesel car is ~50% lower than in ambient air.

This is basically an impossibility. Particulates are just a basic part of burning fossil fuels. We can only hope for less rather than the air is cleaned up. Really a strange statement to make. I plugged in your line to google and did not find any such paper.

Carl

@Jeffgreen54

This isn't recent, but take a look at this presentation from ORNL http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/pdfs/deer_2003/session9/2003_deer_storey.pdf , slide #10, to confirm what Peter_XX said.

Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm3i6YQOKKc @3:32 - 3:58 of video for a demonstration of the "filtering" capabilities of diesels with DPF.

HarveyD

Please do not believe all the propaganda paid for by gasoline and diesel vehicle manufacturers because their units normally pollute twice as much as they claim?

VW is one of many cheaters? Most others have not been caught yet?

If the truth was known, most ICEVs users would quickly shift to electrified vehicles.

Carl

Even diesel-hating California Air Resources Board has confirmed that diesel cars with DPF have particle number emissions that are indistinguishable from HEPA-filtered dilution air (State Of California, California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board, "California’s Informal Participation in the Particle Measurement Programme (Pmp) Light Duty Inter-Laboratory Correlation Exercise (ILCE_LD) Final Research Report." October 2008, pages 28-30).

The VW cheating had to do with NOx emissions, NOT PM. Even in the ICCT/WVU study that discovered the VW cheating in the first place, PM emissions were barely measurable:

"…In general, PM emissions are on the order of 0.01mg/km ±0.005mg/km (±1σ), thereby nearly 100% (99.89%) below the US-EPA Tier2-Bin5 standard…." [Page 83 of report]. So in this case, the cars are polluting a tiny fraction of what the manufacturer claimed (certified PM emissions of 2013 Passat TDI were 0.002 g/mile (2 mg/mile)).

Even in the case of NOx emissions, all diesel vehicles certified in the U.S. are subject to months of extensive additional testing and have since the NOV was issued to VW in September 2015. The additional testing is conducted to ensure the vehicles' certified emissions are representative in all "driving cycles and conditions that may reasonably be expected to be encountered in normal operation and use."

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