Dearborn, Michigan – Ford will offer start-stop technology, which shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, on conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America in 2012. Start-stop systems, similar to those used on hybrids, are available on several vehicles in Europe, but currently only in Canada on the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne.

Ford said that its new Auto Start-Stop for gasoline engines will improve fuel economy for most drivers by at least four per cent, and depending on vehicle size and usage, can be as high as ten per cent for some drivers. The technology will be showcased on a concept vehicle in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“For the driver, Ford Auto Start-Stop provides extra fuel efficiency without inconvenience, as it works completely automatically,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford vice-president of powertrain engineering. “And just like in our hybrid vehicles, the heater and air conditioner work as normal so drivers will not sacrifice comfort.”

In Europe, the system is standard on the ECOnetic models of the Ford Ka and Mondeo and is launching now on the Focus, C-Max and Grand C-Max. The system will eventually be offered in all of Ford’s global markets. When it debuts in North America, it will be available on gasoline cars with either a manual or automatic transmission. The system uses an enhanced twelve-volt battery and upgraded starter motor.

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