• 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

    General Motors reportedly plans to offer start-stop on at least one powertrain in every model by 2020.

  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee
    Chrysler To Fit Start-Stop As Standard On Certain 2015 Models

    Start-stop will be standard on certain 2015 Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee models.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Impala
    How Do You Make Start-Stop Systems More Pleasant For Drivers?

    Stop-Start systems are the low-hanging fruit of city gas mileage, but like many fruits, they can be an acquired taste. General Motors has attached such a system to its 2015 Chevrolet Impala with the base 2.5-liter Ecotec engine, and has worked hard to ensure it's actually a system drivers will want...

  • 2014 Audi A6 TDI
    Latest Luxury Diesels From Mercedes, Audi, BMW Add Stop-Start

    Diesel engines and typical American-style commuting conditions are already a great match. Longer daily-driving distances get diesels up to their peak operating temperature—and hopefully out to higher highway speeds, where they return their best fuel economy. In low-speed stop-and-go driving...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon
    BMW Buyers Not All That Thrilled With Stop-Start System

    Stop-start systems have been around for many years now, cutting the engine when stopped in order to save a little gas. The technology is more refined in some cars than it is in others, and many drivers of BMWs with stop-start have decided it's a little too much hassle. In a BMW press release, the...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion
    2013 Ford Fusion Stop/Start: Ford Explains Why It’s Different

    A few years ago, some automakers began offering stop/start technology on select cars as a way to help lower emissions and increase fuel economy in busy city traffic. Early stop/start systems in non-hybrid cars were often slow to respond to driver input, making them unpopular with drivers, but now...

  • 2013 Kia Rio 5-door

    More often than most automakers would care to admit, that new car that you see debuted at a major auto show will undergo some minor -- and sometimes major -- alterations before it hits the dealer forecourt. Take the 2012 Kia Rio, for example. Officially launched at the 2011 New York Auto Show, Kia had promised its redesigned compact, available as a hatchback or sedan, would come with optional Start-Stop technology, which it calls Idle Stop & Go (ISG). Sadly, between the show floor and the dealer lot, the feature was dropped for 2012 Kia Rios, but now the South Korean automaker has...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
    Mitsubishi Updates MIVEC, Adds Stop-Start For Better MPG

    You've gotta hand it to automakers. However tight the noose of emissions regulations and MPG targets gets, the engineers always find a way to wriggle free with ever more impressive fuel economy figures. Mitsubishi's way of meeting ever tighter targets is to update its MIVEC variable valve timing...

  • 2012 Kia Rio Sedan
    Five Things You Need To Know About Stop/Start Systems

    You’re probably already familiar with the effect that a hybrid drivetrain has on fuel economy, but now one of the key concepts of a hybrid drivetrain -- the ability for the engine to turn off and on automatically at stoplights -- is being introduced in conventional gasoline-engined cars...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
    How Does Your New Car Get Better MPG Than Your Old One?

    Almost every day we hear of a shiny new car that gets a certain number of miles to the gallon, a number often greater than its predecessor. It sometimes seems like witchcraft - until significant steps towards high-tech materials are taken, rarely do cars lose weight from one model to the next (with...

  • Barack Obama
    Should Detroit Dial Down The Doom & Gloom Over High-Mileage Rules?

    We've heard this script before. Some agency of the Federal Government proposes a new rule that will affect the design and performance of cars in some way, sometime in the future. Instinctively, reflexively, automatically, viscerally, the industry lashes out. Horror, catastrophe, misery, bankruptcy!...

  • Traffic light
    Ford Will Be First Major Carmaker To Offer Start-Stop In U.S.

    Start-stop systems, which shut off car engines when the vehicle comes to a stop, have been offered in Europe for several years. But until now, no automaker other than Porsche has offered them on U.S.-market cars. That's about to change. Ford said yesterday it will offer the systems on some of its...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail

    Sometimes even well-informed industry analysts get it wrong. Or miss the forest for the trees. A recent posting by Pike Research, entlted "Europe Leads, U.S. Lags In Start-Stop Hybrids," correctly notes that adoption of start-stop systems is well advanced in Europe, but lags behind in the U.S. But it fails to explain why that's the case. U.S. makers unwilling? The Pike Research piece says: This is likely to be another unfortunate example of auto makers only reducing emissions when pushed .... Stop-start hybrids won’t likely invade our shores until ... rising MPG fuel economy standards...

  • 2009 Ferrari California
    Ferrari California HELE Adds Stop-Start, Gas-Saving Gizmos

    No, it's not pronounced "hell" ... although that word was heard from many Modena fans when news first broke that Ferrari was planning a hybrid-electric drivetrain in some models. The first fruits of Ferrari's wide-ranging quest to improve the fuel efficiency of its models was unveiled at the Paris...

  • New 2011 Mazda Mazda5 minivan, to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show, March 2010
    Preview: Mazda to Show 2011 Mazda5 Minivan at Geneva Motor Show

    We've always been fond of the 2010 Mazda Mazda5 small minivan, which gets rave reviews for its sporty character and good roadholding. Because it's smaller than more conventional full-size minivans like the Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna, it has always sold in smaller numbers. But...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, for Europe only
    The 62-MPG 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI We Won't Get In the U.S.

    While we think that the clean diesel 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI will do well in the States, VW has just rolled out an uber-economical BlueMotion model for European markets that gets 62 miles per gallon of diesel fuel. BlueMotion is VW's designation for the most fuel efficient model in each of its...

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