PSA Shows Innovations for the Car of the Future

“The process by which automobiles evolve is advancing very quickly in what is a profoundly changing environment,” said Guillaume Faury, Executive Vice President of Research & Development at PSA Peugeot Citroën at the Group’s Automotive Design Network R&D center in Vélizy, France today.

The meeting at which Faury was speaking was staged to show PSA’s business partners and political decision makers the future of mobility solutions as envisioned by the company.

“In 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the European leader in fuel-efficient cars, with the market’s lowest CO2 emissions,” Faury said. “We are stepping up our innovation here at PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the major challenges of tomorrow’s mobility. Today, we will be showing you pioneering solutions for vehicles that respond to new customer expectations in an ever-more environmentally friendly way.”

One of these new innovations comes in the form of PSA’s all-new electric city car, dubbed the VelV (pictured). A light city electric vehicle project designed to meet city and suburban driving needs, the VelV features a record power consumption level of just 85 Wh/km travelled and, as more than 60 percent of trips within cities are made in individual cars, it aims to combat the impact of CO2 emissions.

The second most interesting development is the company’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2).

We’re big fans of modular platforms here at Form Trends, not just because of its massive cost saving for manufacturers, which enables product to come to fruition faster, but because of the design freedom it allows. Volkswagen’s MQB platform, for example, underpins both the Golf and the recently unveiled CrossBlue SUV concept, which will cater to the American market when it hits production.

This new generation platform provides effective solutions in terms of modularity, equipment and carbon reduction.

We’re looking forward to seeing the next step in PSA’s urban mobility plan.


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