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Ford to apply start-stop technology to all cars

Previously its fuel-saving start-stop technology has been limited to hybrid cars and some vehicles in Europe, but now Ford will introduce the devices across its vehicles, including crossovers and SUVS, in North America in 2012. When the technology debuts it will be available on petrol powered cars and utilities with either a manual or automatic transmission as well as those using its patented dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. It will eventually be made available in all global markets. The technology improves fuel economy for most drivers by at least four per cent with savings as high as 10 per cent depending on the vehicle size and usage. Exhaust emissions are also reduced to zero while the vehicle is waiting at traffic lights. The start-stop technology is the latest example of Ford moving towards fuel saving technology after introducing electric power steering, dual-clutch six-speed transmissions and more. The auto start-stop rollout is already taking place in Europe where it is standard on ECOnetic models of the Ford Ka and Mondeo as well as launching on the Ford Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. One of the added advantages of start-stop is that it does not need any additional maintenance and it includes a light that alerts drivers when the engine is off and a special tachometer that moves the needle to a green zone when the engine is not running.

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Paul Lucas

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