PSA publishes real-world economy figures for 1,000 Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars

Time 10:49 am, March 9, 2017

FOLLOWING on from its 2016 commitment, the PSA Group has published the measurement results from the test protocol established with Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature Environment (FNE), which are used to measure consumption in real driving conditions for 58 PSA Group models

These are conducted under the supervision of the Bureau Veritas certification organisation, which has certified the accuracy and integrity of the results.

The measurements obtained on the 58 models make it possible to estimate the consumption in real-world driving conditions for more than 1,000 versions of Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles. For each model, the estimations have been made using the same engine and gearbox, plus three variants: body type, trim level and tyre dimensions.

Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands are offering customers the possibility to check their average consumption in real-world driving conditions by logging onto their respective websites. A web-based application will allow them to view this data for their model by entering its characteristics, such as body type, trim level, engine, gearbox and type of tyres.

Additionally, each customer will be able to estimate their own consumption based on the actual use of their vehicle, based on the number of passengers, load and driving style.

The application is available on the brands website in six countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. It will then be available progressively in the rest of Europe.

Building on the European RDE ‘Real Driving Emissions’ project, the protocol measures fuel consumption using a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS) installed on the vehicle.

The readings for the 58 models have been made on public roads (23 km on urban roads, 40 km on the open road and 30 km on motorways) under real driving conditions.

Gilles Le Borgne, executive vice president of quality and engineering for the PSA Group explained: ‘In line with the commitment we made to our customers, we are now publishing the real-world driving consumption figures for Peugeot, Citroen and DS models on our brands website. Our customers can now access comprehensive and transparent fuel consumption data. We will add the figures for NOx emissions in summer 2017.’

Greg Archer, director of clean vehicles at Transport & Environment, said: ‘The partnership with PSA Group highlights three key issues. First, that on-road tests to measure real CO2 emissions are reliable, representative and reproducible. Second, that a car company recognises there is consumer demand for robust real world information. And third, in an era of ‘alternative facts’ and dishonest manipulations of emissions tests one company has seen transparency and openness as the way to re-establish trust with its customers – more carmakers need to follow its lead.’

Denez L’Hostis, President of France Nature Environement adds : ‘We have recently suffered numerous periods of high levels of air pollution, putting into question vehicle emissions and we recognise the transparency displayed by PSA that pledged to measure various car emissions: CO2, NOx and Particles. This commitment gives echo to strong citizen mobilisation in favour of knowing the truth about air pollution. This is a necessary step towards the implementation of measures to improve air quality and people’s quality of life.’

Philippe Lanternier, executive vice-president Corporate and Business Development at Bureau Veritas added: ‘Bureau Veritas can attest that the tests were correctly conducted throughout this major new campaign. Since it was first rolled out a year ago, and after a great many tests, the system has proven to be reliable. It could also be used for effectively measuring NOx emissions. We congratulate and continue to support the PSA Group in this initiative, especially since the issues around the reliability of pollution measurements and the improvement of air quality are only going to increase.’

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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