Baxter Ford is excited to offer the start-stop system in vehicles to save fuel in 2012.
Online PR News – 07-January-2011 – – Ford has recently announced that it will introduce its Auto Start-Stop technology to several vehicles in its lineup in 2012. The fuel-saving feature will be shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, and Baxter Ford is excited to bring this technology to its customers in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Auto Start-Stop system saves fuel by turning the engine off when the vehicle is idling. The engine quickly turns back on again when the brake is released or the driver presses on the gas pedal. Auto Start-Stop improves fuel efficiency from four to 10 percent, depending on road conditions. In addition to saving fuel the system also eliminates tail pipe emissions while the vehicle is idle, decreasing the car’s carbon footprint.
“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.”
Start-stop systems are already common on cars in Europe with manual transmissions. In North America, this technology can be found on hybrid vehicles, such as the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Ford plans to include Auto Start-Stop on vehicles with manual and automatic transmissions.
Automakers have been slow to introduce the fuel-saving technology to the U.S. because of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing methods. The way in which the EPA determines fuel efficiency ratings doesn’t include many stops, so they don’t fully recognize the technology’s effectiveness.
Ford plans to add Auto Start-Stop to its conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs, but company spokesperson Richard Truett said they are still unsure if the features will be made standard on Ford vehicles in the U.S. or if it will be an option. Truett said Auto Start-Stop will be offered on most Ford cars and crossovers by 2015.
To see local inventory in Omaha, NE of Ford hybrid vehicles with the Auto Start-Stop system, or other vehicles to feature the fuel-saving system in the future, visit the BaxterFord.net.