Hyundai, Kia to offer start-stop technology in North America

Hyundai and Kia both plan on offering stop-start technology as a fuel-saving feature on many of their North American vehicles within two years.

“Start-stop will be a key part of our development activity in the next two product cycles,” in 2012 and 2016, said Timothy White, Hyundai-Kia’s senior powertrain manager. He said he expects the new feature to provide about a 3 percent increase in fuel-economy for Hyundai and Kia’s North American lineup.

FoMoCo is also looking to offer the feature on 20 percent of its global models by 2014. The Dearborn automaker expects a 5 percent boost in fuel economy.

Stop-start engine technology turn off gasoline engines when vehicles come to a stop and restart them when drivers touch the accelerator.

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