Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia will both look to bring start-stop technology to its model lineup in North America in 2012. Start-stop technology is already popular in Europe, allowing the engine to shut off at stop lights or wen in traffic. It’s also part of most modern hybrid setups, allowing the green-machines to get the impressive fuel economy they do. The improvement in fuel economy is said to be roughly 3 percent – which isn’t much, but ever little bit counts.
Currently, Hyundai’s greenest model is the upcoming Sonata Hybrid (above), which already gets an impressive 37/39 mpg (city/highway).
We don’t know which model will get the start-stop system first, but it won’t be until a new production cycle starts in 2012..
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]