Given its expected sales volumes, the car should play a key role in turning around Opel’s flagging financial results, which GM CEO Mary Barra today said will finish in the black in 2016 for the first time in 15 years.
Volkswagen reportedly has been working on similar technology and may show off a similar concept in Paris. But Renault wants to be the first automaker to offer a B-segment compact family car that delivers 235 mpg and can carry four people.
The outstanding fuel economy comes from a unique hybrid powertrain that uses air instead of electricity. The technology combines a 3-cyl. PureTech gasoline engine with a compressed-air energy-storage unit that powers the automatic transmission.