Ford is following up on a report we posted a few weeks back that the Blue Oval would be adding stop-start technology to its entire model range. Now, the Dearborn-based automaker has announced that the fuel-saving feature would be available on 70 percent of the company's range by 2017.

Ford claims the technology will improve fuel economy by around 3.5 percent, although its actual effect will vary based on how the owner drives – apparently up to a 10-percent improvement is possible for those who sit in heavy traffic (Los Angelenos, this means you).

Part of the reasoning for the new addition has to do with cost. Ford claims the tech is affordable and easy to implement. "Simply put, Auto Start-Stop helps customers use less fuel, which is an important component of Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability," Ford's global powertrain vice president, Bob Fascetti, said.

There's no timeline of when start-stop will arrive in certain models, although we'd expect as refreshes come due for a number of models in the next few years (Fusion, Focus, Explorer and Escape to name a few), start-stop will be a common addition. Scroll down for a press release from Ford.

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70 PERCENT OF FORD LINEUP TO HAVE AUTO START-STOP BY 2017; FUEL ECONOMY PLANS ACCELERATE

Auto Start-Stop technology to be available on 70 percent of Ford's North American vehicle lineup by 2017, reflecting progress toward the company's plan for increasing fuel efficiency across its lineup
Ford Auto Start-Stop is an affordable technology that provides a seamless way to increase fuel efficiency as much as 10 percent in city driving
Ford fuel economy plans accelerating with rollout of 45-mpg 1.0-liter EcoBoost® Fiesta in 2014, and research into new dynamic cruise control


Ford announced today that Auto Start-Stop will be available on 70 percent of its North American vehicle lineup by 2017.

A major part of the company's Blueprint for Sustainability, the expansion of Auto Start-Stop comes as the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine is set to go on sale in the 2014 Ford Fiesta. Rated at 45 mpg EPA highway, the new Fiesta is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid or diesel on the market. Ford is also researching dynamic cruise control, a breakthrough technology that predicts road conditions to optimize fuel economy.

"Simply put, Auto Start-Stop helps customers use less fuel, which is an important component of Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability," said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford global powertrain. "By making Auto Start-Stop available on more vehicles, we are working to be part of the solution to environmental sustainability with effective, fuel-saving technologies."

Auto Start-Stop seamlessly turns off the engine when a vehicle stops, while an advanced battery powers vehicle accessories and systems in place of the engine – saving fuel. The engine restarts instantly when the driver begins to release the brake pedal.

Actual fuel savings vary and depend on driving patterns. While average improvement in fuel efficiency equals roughly 3.5 percent, those who drive in heavy traffic – such as congested urban environments – could see fuel efficiency increase by as much as 10 percent. It also provides a meaningful reduction to CO2 emissions that are avoided during long idle times.

Ford has years of experience with Auto Start-Stop via its electrified powertrain hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings, and the feature is popular on a host of Ford models in Europe. By year-end, Ford expects to sell more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with Auto Start-Stop globally. In the United States, Auto Start-Stop is available on the 2014 Ford Fusion with 1.5-liter EcoBoost.

Milestone in Ford Blueprint for Sustainability
The expansion of Auto Start-Stop marks a milestone in Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability, which includes a range of new technologies to improve vehicle efficiency.

Another milestone is the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that goes on sale in the 2014 Fiesta. Its 45-mpg highway rating is the highest of any non-hybrid, gasoline-powered car in America. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta outperforms some competitor diesel and hybrid offerings, while providing the most powerful entry in the subcompact class with an SAE-certified 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque.

Looking to the future of the Blueprint for Sustainability, Ford is also researching dynamic cruise control. The advanced system enhances real-world fuel economy performance through optimized torque control, which minimizes fuel consumption while maximizing powertrain efficiencies.

Dynamic cruise control modifies the driver-selected set speed in response to not only current road conditions, but also to predicted road conditions – all onboard and in real time, with no Internet connection or stored databases. Ford research shows this feature could improve fuel efficiency up to 10 percent, depending on route.

"Think of this as cruise control technology that thinks," said Dimitar Filev, senior technical leader, Ford research and development. "While this is a research-based technology now, its objective is to think fuel economy first."

Other fuel-saving technologies developed under the plan available on Ford vehicles today include:

100 percent use of electric power-assisted steering, which improves fuel efficiency by 3 percent to 5 percent
Six-speed automatic transmissions are now fully deployed across the lineup; six-speed transmissions improve fuel efficiency by 4 percent to 6 percent
EcoBoost engines are now offered as an option on 90 percent of Ford vehicles, delivering better fuel efficiency with great power compared with traditional gasoline engines
The result is many Ford Motor Company vehicles lead in fuel efficiency compared with their Toyota competitors:

Ford C-MAX Hybrid, at 43 mpg city and 43 mpg highway, beats Toyota Prius v by 1 mpg in the compact hybrid utility segment
Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, both with 100 MPGe combined, beat Toyota Prius Plug-in by 5 MPGe in the plug-in hybrid segment
Ford Fiesta with 1.0-liter EcoBoost, at 45 mpg highway, beats Toyota Yaris by 8 mpg (Fiesta also beats Honda Fit by 12 mpg)
Toyota does not offer a competitor to Ford Focus Electric and its 110 MPGe city rating
Ford Fusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost, at 37 mpg highway, beats Toyota Camry by 2 mpg in the midsize sedan segment
Ford Fusion Hybrid, at 47 mpg highway, tops Toyota Camry Hybrid by 9 mpg in the midsize hybrid sedan segment
Ford Taurus 2.0-liter EcoBoost, at 32 mpg highway, beats Toyota Avalon by 1 mpg in the full-size sedan segment
Ford Escape 1.6-liter EcoBoost, at 33 mpg highway, beats Toyota RAV-4 by 5 mpg in the small crossover segment
Ford Explorer 2.0-liter EcoBoost, at 28 mpg highway, beats Toyota Highlander by 3 mpg in the midsize crossover segment
Ford Expedition, at 20 mpg highway, beats Toyota Sequoia by 2 mpg in the full-size SUV segment
Ford Edge 2.0-liter EcoBoost, at 30 mpg highway, beats Toyota Venza by 4 mpg in the midsize crossover segment
Ford F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost, at 22 mpg highway, beats Toyota Tundra by 2 mpg in the full-size pickup truck segment


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      Daniel D
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a Cortina that had stop-start technology in it back in 1980! Granted I couldn't predict when it would stop or start, but it did do that when it saw fit to.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      The bit I would be wary about is what battery they are using. Peugeot use a battery capacitor combination, I believe, which presumably will be fine as the capacitor part is rated for something like 600,000 starts, and takes the strain off of the battery. The rest are mainly using AGM batteries. I would imagine that if it feels the strain of repeated starts it could be a fairly expensive replacement. I've driven a stop/start little Fiat as a courtesy car. I was a bit confused at first, as the garage had not bothered to tell me it was fitted, but it was fine once I knew what was going on, and I dislike the car emitting pollution when stationary at red light. The service person said that he always switched it off, as it annoyed the hell out of him. Different strokes for different folks.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        luigi.tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        At least Ford is copying from a brand they owned. They shameless Hyundai copies everybody.
        Aron
        • 1 Year Ago
        Ever seen the Ford Verve Concepts?
      car-a-holic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey ford; I want none of it. It's a deal breaker for me. I'll buy a Kia first
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @car-a-holic
        Too late, Kia is introducing the technology as well. The Rio and Soul are to be the first to receive it.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @car-a-holic
        You do know it has an off switch, right?
          S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          Don't let facts get in the way of his/her rant. :) Probably wasn't going to buy a Ford (or any other car for that matter) anyways
          james
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          Thanks that is, good to know.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will shorten service intervals as cars rarely warm up. Not good for PCV systems or Turbos either
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        it is amazing how many people think they are mechanics... yet think that automotive engineers will somehow forget to have the Stop/Start system read the dozen or so sensors for temperature and pressure to make sure the system is not enabled when the engine needs to stay on. The system only needs to Stop when fully warmed up, fully lubricated, turbo manifold temps are low, and cabin temps are reasonable.... and stuck in traffic. That alone will save lots on gasoline... yet have no impact on the wear and tear on the components.
      JamesB
      • 1 Year Ago
      You will destroy batteries quickly and it will increase engine wear. 90% of all engine wear is due to starting cold engines. This will increase the wear since the oil will drain out of the system and even a hot engine still needs 10+ seconds to bring up the lub oil system.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford needs to be working on quality control before getting into this. Learning how to paint a vehicle is a good start.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        You are an idiot....ever see the orange peel on a BMW? yeah, I would love to pay $125K for a 7 series with a paint job like a Tiger tank.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          I said paint a vehicle. Not the way the paint looks. The paint job on my gmas 12 Taurus is horrendous. Both trunk corners ran, as did hard drips form on the front fender corners. Add to that the cracked clearcoat, two broken interior door handles, rattling interior, and gas tank that had to be replaced due to poor welds Id say yeah they need to up the quality first. Oh and the car only has 14k miles on it. What a pile. Ford cannot line up the doors on Focuses either to save their lives. Hit and miss.
        That Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        You're right Jesus! Ford has had a ton of quality issues lately and many, many recalls. And Ford has never been able to get paint right. Even late model Mustangs have had widespread issues with paint and their aluminum hoods. Doesn't bode well for the tin can F-150.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      This just in: Buy stock in the company that makes starters and starter parts for FoMoCo.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... what we see here: Is a bunch of know-it-all mechanics... who have never actually worked on a car with Stop/Start, nor stripped an engine of a car with Stop/Start.... speculating on how they "know" there is premature engine wear. All of their knowledge is based on cars that were never designed for the technology...and they assume Start/Stop is just adhoc to a normal engine. This is just ignorance and fear of new technology.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've had start/stop on rentals. No thanks.,,
        goodoldgorr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        What did it do wrong ?
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @goodoldgorr
          Probably rough engagement/disengagement, which some carmakers (especially BMW) systems are known for.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @goodoldgorr
          Ford does not use BMW's system. Those who have tested it in the Fusion (where it has been a stand alone option on non-Hybrids for a while now) have reported that it is much smoother and almost unnoticeable when compared to BMW's system.
      jbm0866
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see a future business opportunity for independent mechanics who can figure out how to disable start/stop...and cylinder deactivation as well.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jbm0866
        Yeah, they'll make plenty of money...pointing out to the idiots (that's you) where the on/off button is.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just another thing to Go WRONG on FORD Vehicles which are Already THE WORST for Quality / Reliability ! Management at Ford just does not get it .... Build Quality / Reliable cars & the customers will be behind the brand. Service managers telling owners with problems " The Car must Learn your Driving Habits " is a Huge FAIL with Ford. Where is the CEO Mullaly ? Interviewing at Microsoft for another job. This was Fords big opportunity to back up good Sales with customer support. Huge FAIL Ford !
        Chris Hickey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        What are you babbling about??? Ford is far from the worst... I own a new Ford, a 2013 Fusion and it has been a great vehicle so far... can't say the same with friend's with new GM's, Dodge's, Hyundai's etc...
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Hickey
          He trolls every article related to Ford spewing his crap. I too own a newer Ford (2012 Taurus), 40K miles thus far and no problems whatsoever.
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