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Fusion to be the first non-hybrid mid-size to offer start-stop

The amount of research and development automakers are put into saving even the smallest amounts of fuel are impressive. The research is also necessary if automakers are to meet much more stringent CAFE standards moving forward. One of the technologies that will help automakers meet those fuel economy standards is start-stop technology.
Originally, start-stop technology was used on hybrid vehicles to allow them to save fuel while stopped at red lights or in traffic. The technology is now spilling over into traditional vehicles to help them save fuel. Ford will offer start-start technology as an option on the 2013 Fusion when equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The technology will be dirt cheap, meaning that it's likely to be ordered on many of the vehicles that hit streets. Ford has price the start-stop option at $295.
Ford says that the new fusion is the first midsize sedan available with automatic start-stop that isn't a hybrid. Just as the technology works on a hybrid vehicle, when the Fusion driver comes to a complete stop the engine will turn off automatically to cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions. When the driver releases the brake pedal, the engine will automatically restart and be ready to move by time the gas pedal is pressed. 
2013 Ford Fusion family [Source: Ford]

“We expect the average Fusion driver with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and Auto Start-Stop will save about $1,100 more than other midsize sedan owners during five years of driving,” said Samantha Hoyt, Ford Fusion Marketing Manager. “That’s cash in their pocket and time saved with fewer trips to the pump.”
Ford says that drivers who operate the vehicle in heavy urban areas and in city traffic will see up to 10% savings on fuel consumption. The average driver will see an increase in fuel efficiency of about 3.5%. As long as the technology is truly seamless and there is no hesitation between the engine stop and engine start, the majority of drivers will never notice the technology in operation.

The new 2013 Ford Fusion will go on sale this fall and will offer two different EcoBoost all engines. The Fusion will also be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and naturally aspirated four-cylinder versions.

Source: Ford

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More commie lib green success!
By Boingo Twang on 4/2/2012 12:49:50 PM , Rating: 2
This would not be happening without the new MPG rules in place. As for the people that think this is some kind of new gee-whiz space age technology, it's not. It's been in use for a long time. It's easier to implement in a hybrid because the electric motor used to power the vehicle can do it but it just needs a starter motor spec-ed for the job and a larger battery to keep electrical accessories running when used with a conventional engine.

RE: More commie lib green success!
By Targon on 4/2/2012 1:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect the big thing is the low cost of the "option". In the same way that a LCD display used to be a high end luxury feature that is at the point of being common, and soon standard in most cars, start/stop has never been a feature that has shown up in lower cost vehicles(under $40,000).

By StanO360 on 4/2/2012 1:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be happening without a recession and $4 a gallon gas. But, still probably would. If you can give a customer more for the same price it's always a better Unique Selling Proposition. Same HP with better mileage, same price/better handling etc.

RE: More commie lib green success!
By Spuke on 4/2/2012 5:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
This would not be happening without the new MPG rules in place.
This tech has been in the works long before the new CAFE. The results of the new CAFE haven't been seen yet. To make it simpler, the cars of today were conceived/designed a few years ago or longer. Cars aren't designed overnight. What's interesting is that improvements to fuel efficiency were happening anyways because of consumer demand not government regulation but the government went ahead and updated CAFE anyways and got people like you thinking it was their idea.

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