Hyundai Bringing Start-Stop Technology to North America

Hyundai Bringing Start-Stop Technology to North America

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]

  • Ozric Tentacle

    Is it likely to be a late-comer to the by-then still new Optima range? They can’t surely wait until Optima reaches a mid-cycle refresh… that’d be 2013 at the earliest then.

  • Colum Wood

    It could take that long. And the way Hyundai/Kia works, Hyundai seems to get everything first – except the compact coupe (Forte Koup)

  • dan

    I don’t think Hyundai gets enough credit, but they are sure impressive these days.