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The Hyundai-Kia train and its full head of steam don't look likely to give out any time soon. To wit, the company has been adding style to its price and fuel frugality, and technology isn't being left out. The Sonata Hybrid is on its way for next year and will boast better mileage than the 35-mpg Elantra Blue, and now the company has announced it will be engineering stop/start ability into much of the H-K model line in America over the next two years.

We won't see those cars until "the next product cycle" in 2012, but when we do, the projections are that it will yield three percent better fuel economy. True, that might only take the Sonata Hybrid up to 38/40 mpg, but who knows how much a gallon of gas will cost by then – we're sure every little bit will count. CO2 reduction should be equally improved.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The best feature of stop-start is you can disable it. It's really annoying on automatics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To wit?

      • 5 Years Ago
      H-K already offer stop-start in Europe; this is about bringing it to the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds good to me! Although you have to wonder if another company is going to try and beat them with getting the start-stop tech out I am think with the roll Ford and VW are on they could try it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      welcome to a technology in 2 years
      that VAG offered first time 1981... only 31years late...
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes VAG... they offered start stop technology in VW and Audi cars in 1981... example in the VW Santana or the Audi 100 C2.... the start stop system included a aeordynamic improvment package, 4+E transmission with long 5. gear, signal light for optimal gear change, a consuption gauges and of course the start stop technology that stoped the engine at redlights etc. after it has reached working temperature..

      • 5 Years Ago
      Lately if Hyundai is going to built his car with doors is a great news and all the
      companys have to fear.
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