PSA Peugeot Citroën has sold more than 3 million HDi diesel engines fitted

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28/01/2009 | Paris – January 28, 2009

PSA Peugeot Citroën has sold more than 3 million HDi diesel engines fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter

The 3-millionth vehicle equipped with a DPF (diesel particulate filter) — a Peugeot 207 1.6 HDi — rolled off the assembly line at the PSA Peugeot Citroën plant in Poissy, France.

Giving the Group a near ten-year advance on future Euro V regulations(1), PSA Peugeot Citroën’s DPF technology has set the new standard for diesel engines in Europe.

The patented, additive-based technology was premiered worldwide in May 2000 on the Peugeot 607, before being gradually extended to Peugeot and Citroën models in every vehicle segment. This broad deployment across both brands has helped to expand the use of DPF technology, which was designed to eliminate particulates, the main drawback of diesel engines.

Today, 16 of the Group’s vehicle families offer DPF-equipped models, including the Peugeot 1007, 207, 308, 407, 607, 807 and 4007, and the Citroën C2, C3, C4, C4 Picasso, C5, C6, C8 and C-Crosser. This represents one of the broadest line-ups of any European automobile manufacturer.

Steadily improved over the years, the additive-based technology has proven its effectiveness in eliminating even the smallest particulates. The current system, with the Octosquare filter and second-generation additive, offers motorists a maintenance-free solution.

With their common-rail direct injection technology and diesel particulate filters, HDi diesels significantly reduce CO2 emissions, thereby helping to ease the greenhouse effect. What is more, their performance in reducing polluting emissions makes them the world’s cleanest internal combustion engines.

Today, PSA Peugeot Citroën is leveraging this unique expertise to continue optimizing the DPF system and to develop operating synergies with NOx abatement solutions, the major challenge in the future Euro VI directive scheduled to take effect in 2014. The Group is committed to ensuring that its HDi engines meet this important challenge, while also reducing CO2 emissions and lowering the cost of the NOx systems.

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(1) This European directive makes particulate filters mandatory for all new diesel vehicles, beginning in September 2009.

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