Hybrids are no longer the only vehicles that can benefit from the ability to automatically switch off the engine when the car isn't moving.
When the 2013Fusion arrives later this year, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will also be available with an auto start-stop system that switches off the engine when the car comes to a stop and seamlessly re-starts it when the driver releases the brake pedal. The 1.6-liter is expected to take the largest percentage of sales among the new Fusion's five powertrain options and the auto start-stop system will add just $295 to the bottom line.
Because of the EPA drive cycles that are used for calculating fuel economy estimates are set up, the benefits of auto start-stop aren't reflected on new car labels. But in the real world, the benefits can be significant.
By reducing engine idle time, drivers can save anywhere from 3.5-10% on fuel consumption especially if they spend a lot of time in stop and go traffic. At $4 a gallon, a driver that spends most of their time in city traffic could potentially save over $200 a year with auto start-stop and pay for the system in just 18 months.
Not a bad deal. http://fordfusionstory.com
CleanMPG Forums – 2013 Ford Fusion Adds Start/Stop for Just $295!
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – April 1, 2012 2013 Ford Fusion equipped with the 1.6L EcoBoost will be rated at 37 mpgUS highway. When equipped with Start/Stop, future owners should experience full payback …
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