It’s a long shot, but Peugeot may end it over 15 year absence from the U.S. market. Peugeot is looking to expand into new segments with new models. "Currently, we are covering 72 percent of the segments," Jean-Philippe Collin, head of PSA Group’s Peugeot brand said. "In the future, it will be more than 90 percent."

This expansion includes production of a diesel hybrid that will begin in 2011. "We are going to offer the diesel hybrid in the upper mid-range and in the crossover segment," Collin said. With North America possibly looking for more diesel and hybrid cars, it seems that a return to the U.S. market is again conceivable. "We are not ruling out going back to the U.S.," he said. "We are closely watching the opportunities resulting from the crisis in North America. But the U.S. isn’t high on the agenda. China, Russia and South America are our priorities."

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Source: Automotive News

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