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Peugeot 3008 hybrid4: the world's first full diesel hybrid

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The vehicle uses a diesel engine as well as an electric motor and gets nearly 62 miles to the gallon.

For those who feel that the Toyota Prius just doesn't have enough horsepower, behold: the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, which the automaker calls the world's first full diesel hybrid vehicle.

Using a combination of diesel and electric power, the all-wheel drive car can operate in "Zero Emissions Vehicle" mode, and can get nearly 62 miles per gallon (with 99 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions). The hybrid makes use of a 163-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine for the front wheels, and a 37-horsepower electric motor to power the real axle - which functions separately from the car's combustible drivetrain.

The new Peugeot is not cheap, with a price tag starting at more than $42,000 (at current exchange rates). Yet all 300 limited edition 3008s sold out in nine days earlier this year in Europe, so the market for the diesel hybrid looks promising.

So far, Peugeot has made no plans to market the 3008 on this side of the Atlantic.

Photo: Peugeot

via [TreeHugger, AutoblogGreen]

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure