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47BMW allowing dealers to re-program start/stop

The start/stop feature in the current BMW 3 Series is, by default, activated every time you get in and start the car. If you don't like it, you can deactivate the feature by pressing a button on the dash; however, the next time you turn the car off and start it again (with the key), the start/stop system will kick in.

53BMW allowing dealers to re-program start/stop

The start/stop feature in the current BMW 3 Series is, by default, activated every time you get in and start the car. If you don't like it, you can deactivate the feature by pressing a button on the dash; however, the next time you turn the car off and start it again (with the key), the start/stop system will kick in.

612013 Lamborghini Aventador to get stop/start, cylinder deactivation technology

It doesn't matter if you produce supercars, subcompacts, or semi trucks, U.S. and European governments are clamping down on fuel economy and emissions. While hybrid powertrains becoming a popular option, even in the hypercar realm, more traditional high-performance machines are being forced to get creative.

AddFord reveals Euro-spec Focus engine lineup; all 1.6-liter mills to include stop/start system

2012 Ford Focus – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddStop-start technology to reach 10M vehicles by 2015

We've discussed the virtues of stop-start technology (aka micro hybrid) before and we've even touched on many of the upcoming models that are slated to receive this fuel-saving technology soon, but we never really expected that the stop-start system would become so widespread in application that even vehicles like BMW's vaunted M3 would be scheduled to receive the micro hybrid setup soon.

18Report: Next Maserati Quattroporte to get all-wheel drive, start-stop tech

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddReport: Hyundai to introduce stop-start tech in two years

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.

16Report: Hyundai to introduce stop-start tech in two years

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.

AddREPORT: Stop-start tech saves fuel, so why can't we get it in the States? Blame the EPA

Are there any among us that wouldn't prefer a meaningful boost in fuel mileage from our current car or truck, all other things being equal? Sure. And the good news is that there are a couple of easy ways to achieve that laudable goal, starting with adding stop/start technology to the car's powerplant.

58REPORT: Stop-start tech saves fuel, so why can't we get it in the States? Blame the EPA

Are there any among us that wouldn't prefer a meaningful boost in fuel mileage from our current car or truck, all other things being equal? Sure. And the good news is that there are a couple of easy ways to achieve that laudable goal, starting with adding stop/start technology to the car's powerplant.

AddRicardo's HyBoost tries to refine ICE to emit 30-40% fewer CO2 emissions

While the search for alternatives to the internal combustion engine continues at labs across the world, work hasn't stopped on those traditional powerplants. Auto parts supplier Ricardo, for example, had just announced its HyBoost project, which aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of a " cost-effective, ultra-efficient gasoline engine in a C-segment passenger car" by something like 30-40 percent. That's pretty impressive, and will take not only Ricardo's resources but also that of the company's par

AddNew Mazda Axela (Mazda3) with start/stop now on sale in Japan

2010 Mazda3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddCPT introduces new belt-driven Integrated Starter Generator

British company Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has announced the development of a belt-driven Integrated Starter Generator (B-ISG) that provides stop-start functionality. CPT claims that it suited for both gasoline and diesel engines, up to 3 and 2.5 liters respectively. CPT's SpeedStart device uses a liquid cooled switched reluctance (SR) electrical machine, coupled to power electronics, and is contained in a single housing. The unit is sold as a "very robust production-ready plug-and-play

AddAudi announces introduction of stop/start technology

Audi stop/start technology - Click above for a high-res image gallery

AddWhich cars in Europe have Stop & Start technology? These do

Stop & Start technology, also known as mild hybrization, is a relatively simple technology that can easily reduce fuel consumption in vehicles. Regular readers already know how it works. Basically, in most instances, the engine shuts down instead of idling, for instance at traffic lights, and stores enough energy to start right back up when the driver presses the gas pedal or shifts into the first gear. This technology can now be found in most car types, and is especially popular in Europe.

AddMitsubishi lauches new green label in Europe: Cleartec

I guess that at this point we've pretty much lost track of how many "green labels" automakers have slapped on their cleanest European vehicles (see Econetic, eco2, et al.). These labels are created to highlight the least-polluting member of a car line, usually based on the most basic engine configuration. When it comes to Japanese automakers, green badging was lagging behind the Europeans, but Mitsubishi is trying to catch up with a new name: Cleartec.

AddAMG: Direct injection and Stop&Start in 2010

As you may recall, Mercedes' performance division, AMG, recently put up the white flag on the speed wars. This basically means that they are now looking for more efficiency rather than more brute horsepower. Their previous focus on power came at the expense of fuel economy, natürlich. How will the efficiency shift play out? AMG is welcoming direct injection and Stop & Start (micro hybrid) systems, which will be installed in all 2010 models, two years earlier than expected. The new piezo

AddMazda3 to get stop/start and DSG to reduce fuel consumption

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AddBecause we can't all get an EV, MINI offers a frugal Clubman

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24REPORT: Mazda3 gets fuel-sipping start-stop tech abroad

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AddMahindra hopes micro hybrids make a dent in Indian sales

Letting engines idle away needlessly while a vehicle is at rest is a practice that's definitely on its way out. Some refer to the technology that ends this behavior automatically as stop/start, while others prefer the term micro hybrid. Whatever the case, the underlining technology is the same. The trick lies in making it all work seamlessly and keeping auxiliary bits like the air conditioning compressor and power steering pump working without the power of the internal combustion engine; a small

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