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World premiere of the PGO Cévennes Turbo-CNG

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The number of gas-powered vehicles in Switzerland rose last year by 2500 to around 5800 and there are approximately 100 filling stations offering natural gas where they can fill up. At the Geneva Motor Show (March 6 to 16, 2008), the Swiss Natural Gas Association will be at its usual location in Hall 5, showing off a selection of the latest gas-powered vehicles. The Mercedes Benz B 170 NGT, the Chevrolet Captiva and the Ford Mondeo will be celebrating their Swiss premiere. A particular attraction will be the world premiere of the PGO Cévennes Roadster Turbo-CNG with its 150 hp turbocharged engine. Natural gas and biogas are becoming increasingly popular forms of fuel and, according to the latest EMPA study, continue to produce the lowest emissions, despite technical improvements to vehicles with liquid fuels.

The latest pre-series natural gas-powered version of the PGO Cévennes Turbo-CNG, with its optimized 150 hp 1.6-liter turbo engine, is a real treat for those who like exclusives. It has an under-floor gas tank, and the car can do a comfortable 450 km on a single tank. Despite its excellent CO2 emission value of only 118 grams per kilometer on average, this exceptional vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds. Once this gas-powered roadster goes into series production, it will cost around 70,000 Swiss francs. The car has been developed by PGO Automobiles in Saint Christol lez Alès (France) and BRA GmbH in Schweinfurt (Germany).