“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.