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PSA Peugeot Citroen participate in Challenge Bibendum (copyright image)

Peugeot BB1 concept car (copyright image)

Citroen Hypnos concept car

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30th May, 2010

The Challenge Bibendum, organised by Michelin Tyres from 30th May to 2nd June, will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

For the first time the Peugeot BB1, a small city EV driven by Michelinís revolutionary motorised wheel technology, will be tested in real-life driving conditions. A forerunner of a potential electric urban mobility solution, this Peugeot concept vehicle will take part in an 85 km rally on a course that reproduces city traffic conditions. In addition, the CitroŽn Hypnos concept car, which is fitted with Michelin tyres, will take part for the first time in a rally on the open road. Integrating PSA Peugeot CitroŽnís Hybrid4 diesel technology, the vehicle is equipped with a particulate filter and will 'run' on Brazilian biodiesel fuel.

Michelin and PSA have previously worked together on a large number of vehicle and tyre development projects. One example of their cooperation strategy, the Michelin ENERGY SAVERô premiered on the Peugeot 308 in 2007. The new tyre significantly improved vehicle energy performance. Since then, more than six million MICHELIN ENERGYô Saver tyres have been delivered to PSA Peugeot CitroŽn production facilities. In addition to being more fuel-efficient, the tyres provide superior grip Ė and thus safety Ė as well as the best total mileage in the market. Today, 11 Peugeot and CitroŽn vehicle 'families' are fitted with the tyres. The partners are currently working on new-generation Energy Saver and Primacy HP tyres that should enable future Peugeot and CitroŽn models to further reduce CO2 emissions by up to 5 grammes per km.


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