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First results of real ­world fuel consumption for PSA Peugeot Citroën

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PSA Peugeot Citroën and NGOs publish results of first real-world fuel economy test.

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In November 2015, PSA Peugeot Citroën decided to take a unique approach by publishing real-world fuel consumption data for its cars in order to be transparent with customers.

PSA Peugeot Citroën is the first carmaker to adopt such an approach and is publishing initial fuel consumption metrics for three of its most popular vehicles.

The measurements were made under a protocol developed with the NGO Transport & Environment, on public roads near Paris (25.5 km urban, 39.7 km extra-urban, and 31.1 km motorway) and under real-life driving conditions, notably with passenger and luggage loads, road gradients, and use of air-conditioning systems.

Based on the European Union's Real Driving Emissions (RDE) project, the protocol 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 protocol, ensuring that it is conducted in line with specifications and that the results are accurate and reliable.

The initial measurements are comparable to those made by customers obtained from independant customer surveys.

Greg Archer, Clean Vehicles Director at Transport & Environment, said: “The test developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën is reproducible and representative. It confirms the fuel consumption of a tested model by a typical driver in real-world driving conditions. This test proves that the on-road tests are reliable and can be used to measure real CO2 emissions. This should become the benchmark for all carmakers advertising their vehicles’ fuel efficiency.”

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