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2013 Ford Fusion gets optional start/stop function

By SYF77 on 09 Apr 2012

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Originally, start-stop technology was used on hybrid vehicles to enhance their fuel efficiency when they come to a halt. The technology is now spilling over to traditional vehicles to help them save fuel. Ford will offer start/start technology as an option on the 1.6 litre EcoBoost version of the 2013 Fusion (Mondeo in Europe).

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Priced at US$295, the start/stop option promises to improve fuel consumption by 3.5% to 10% depending on the driving patterns. Ford expects the reasonably priced option to be popular with buyers.

“We expect the average Fusion driver with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and Auto Start-Stop to save about $1,100 more than other midsize sedan owners during five years of driving,” said Samantha Hoyt, Fusion marketing manager. “That’s cash in their pocket and time saved with fewer trips to the pump,” he added.

Ford commented that the new fusion is the first non-hybrid midsize sedan that is available with automatic start/stop function. The statement is questionable as the BMW 520i and the Audi A6 2.0 TFSI feature standard start/stop systems.

Just like on a hybrid vehicle, the engine will turn off automatically to reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the car comes to a complete stop. When the driver releases the brake pedal, the engine will automatically restart and be ready to move by time the gas pedal is pressed.

Ford did not clarify if the start/stop system will be made available in the rest of the engine options for the Fusion.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Lwh Apr 10 2012 08:09 PM
So annoyed! When will this bring this in?! Of course as a Mondeo. I'm hoping end of this year or 1st quarter of next year.
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