Although overlooked by many, the Citroën C3 Hybrid Air is one of the most interesting cars being showcased in Geneva this year.
Presented together with the facelifted C3, the special version of the French supermini utilizes PSA's Hybrid Air powertrain which is scheduled to enter production in 2016 for B-segment models. This revolutionary system consists of a gasoline engine, compressed air, a hydraulic motor-pump and an automatic gearbox featuring an epicyclic gear train.
The French automakers did not go into many details but they say the powertrain can work on gasoline, air or a combination of the two. PSA says that in the Citroën C3 or Peugeot 208 with the Hybrid Air technology would allow the cars to have a fuel consumption of just 2.9 liters / 100 km (81.1 mpg US or 97.4 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of only 69 g/km. During urban driving, the cars can be utilized in Air mode as zero-emission vehicles for 60-80 percent of the time.