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New Stop-Start Engines Boosting Mileage up to 7%, Reports AAA

Technology becoming more widely available, often as standard feature.

by on Jul.24, 2014

A full 97% of Chevy Malibu buyers are opting for the version with Stop-Start standard.

With increasingly stringent mileage standards coming down the pike over the next decade, automakers are frantically racing to find ways to boost the fuel economy of their vehicles. Some new features would yield benefits that are barely measurable, others could add significantly to a vehicle’s price tag. But new Stop-Start engines are delivering significant mileage benefits, often without additional cost to consumers.

A new study suggests that Stop-Start technology – which shuts an engine off, rather than idling – can reduce fuel consumption by anywhere from 5% to 7%. And it achieves a similar reduction in the production of global-warming CO2 emissions, according to research by the AAA.

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“Up to seven percent improved fuel economy can mean a $179 annual fuel savings* for consumers,” says Greg Brannon, Director of AAA’s Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations team. “The technology requires only minor adjustment for motorists – automatic stop-start technology is simply applied to standard combustion engines.”

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Stop/Start Technology to Become Industry Norm by 2022

Fuel-saving system to be offered on 55 million vehicles annually, says new study.

by on Dec.30, 2013

Stop/Start is now offered on a growing range of products, from mainstream models like the Ford Fusion to high-end models like the Porsche Panamera.

You come to a stoplight and as you put your foot on the brake pedal you might notice the car just got a little bit quieter.  What you likely won’t notice until it’s time to fill up again is that it’s also a bit more fuel-efficient.

Credit a new technology called Stop/Start which automatically shuts off a vehicle’s engine rather than wasting gas idling at a light or, say, on a fast food line. Originally developed for use in hybrid vehicles, the concept is rapidly being rolled out on everything from minicars to high-performance luxury vehicles and, according to a new survey, will likely become the norm, rather than the exception, over the next decade.

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“The challenge for automakers is to get the biggest efficiency benefits from the smallest cost increment,” explains David Alexander, senior analyst with Navigant Research.

The consultancy is forecasting that the number of vehicles equipped with Stop/Start technology will grow from 8.8 million to 55.4 million worldwide by 2022.  Based on industry estimates, that would account for more than half of all vehicles produced that year.

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