1984-01-01

The Vera Program and Its Industrial and Economic Repercussions 845135

Reducing the fuel consumption of vehicles is of vital importance, in view of the fact that hydrocarbon fuel is here for the foreseeable future.Consequently, the French Agency for Energy and Peugeot have signed in 1979 an agreement concerning the study and development of a fuel efficient prototype named VERA: the work achieved reduction of 35% in petrol and even 45% in Diesel.This original concept has proved that it is possible to design and develop a production line car with much improved fuel economy aligned to a high level of specification.The spin-offs of this programme affect, design, CAD/CAM techniques, engines, handling, weight saving, aerodynamics... The introduction of a fuel efficient model certainly has only a limited impact upon the fuel bill of a country; but competition always reacts, creating a snowball effect on national fuel savings.

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