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Hyundai And Kia Will Launch Engine Stop-Start Tech In U.S.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Hyundai and Kia will follow the lead of automakers like BMW and Volkswagen by offering fuel-saving engine stop-start technology on some of their cars in the near future, with the first U.S. versions available within the next two years. The system works by shuting down the engine while the car is stationary in traffic, then starting it again once the driver releases the clutch or brake pedal.

"Start-stop will be a key part of our development activity in the next two product cycles," in 2012 and 2016, Hyundai-Kia's senior powertrain manager, Timothy White, revealed to Automotive News.

According to White, customers will be able to reduce the fuel consumption of their vehicles by about 3 percent. This may seem low but when applied in already efficient vehicles like the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, fuel consumption will really start to get impressive.

Hyundai and Kia are not the only mainstream automakers planning to introduce engine stop-start technology in the U.S., however. Ford, too, is planning to do the same and should have it in 20 percent of its global nameplates by 2014. Furthermore, Ford expects the fuel savings from engine stop-start technology to be as high as 5 percent.

[Automotive News, sub req’d]

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  1. I don't understand why this is not required of all vehicles. Like airbags are required in all vehicles to protect the occupants, Stop/start should be required in all vehicles to protect air quality. Right?!
     
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  2. Another automaker that is already using it is Suzuki. I test drove one of their Kizashi's and it had Stop/start technology. Weird to use the first time.
     
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  3. Correction to the above post. I meant pushbutton start only on the Kizashi.
     
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  4. B-Man,
    The article is not talking about push button start. Its about Idle-Stop and accelerator start technology. Completely different from what you are saying. Hyundai has that in most of their upper segment vehicles.
     
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  5. "This may seem low but when applied in already efficient vehicles like the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, fuel consumption will really start to get impressive."
    This part of the article is ridiculous. That hybrid vehicle already shuts off the engine whenever it is not needed, such as when going at a low speed and not much acceleration, and/or if the state-of-charge of the battery is high enough. The engine will always shut off when the car is stopped, unless the battery needs some juice.
     
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