Will improve fuel efficiency by upto 4 percent.
Ford announced that it will incorporate its Auto Start-Stop technology to all of its non-hybrid cars by 2012.
The Auto Start-Stop technology, which will be available on both manual and automatic transmission, automatically turns off a car’s engine when it comes to a stop. Ford says the innovative technology can improve fuel economy by upto 4 per cent, and even upto 10 per cent depending on the vehicle size and usage.
The Auto Start-Stop will work quiet and seamlessly, restarting the engine the moment a driver’s foot leaves the brakes. A light on the dashboard will alert drivers when the engine is off, while a tachometer will move the needle to a green zone.
“For the driver, Ford Auto Start-Stop provides extra fuel efficiency without inconvenience, as it works completely automatically,” Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of Powertrain engineering, said in a statement. “And, just like in our hybrid vehicles, the heater and air conditioner work as normal so drivers will not sacrifice comfort.”
Auto Start-Stop will be added to the Ford Escape Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid in 2011.