Ford Auto Start-Stop System is Coming to North America
DEC
28

Another Ford fuel-saving technology will soon be available in North America. The patented Auto Start-Stop system automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. This feature is found today on the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid and some Ford cars in Europe, and it will soon be added to conventional Ford cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America.

This new Auto Start-Stop system will improve fuel economy for most drivers by at least 4 percent. The gain can be as high as 10 percent for some drivers, depending on vehicle size and usage. It can also reduce tailpipe emissions to zero while the vehicle is stationary, such as waiting at a stoplight. Ford has more than 244 patents for its Auto Start-Stop technology and will showcase the feature on a concept vehicle at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

Auto Start-Stop is the latest example of Ford moving aggressively to bring affordable advanced fuel-saving technologies to all customers. Ford has already introduced electric power steering, dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmissions and other fuel-saving features as part of the company’s commitment to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment.

This global Auto Start-Stop technology is smooth, quiet and seamless, and it requires no changes to the driver’s behavior. In city driving when the vehicle is stopped, the engine restarts the instant the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal. When the engine is off, all of the vehicle’s accessories function normally.

“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.”

The global rollout of Auto Start-Stop is under way in Europe. The system, designed to work on both gasoline and diesel engines, is standard on the ECOnetic models of the Ford Ka and Mondeo, and is launching now on Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. The fuel-saving system debuts in North America in 2012.

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Brian Langston Why not give the U.S. market the same fuel efficient diesel engines that Ford offers in the UK? Why is Ford coming up with stupid ideas like this and batteries that will get you 100 miles, when they have the tried and true engines on other markets? Someone needs to get their stuff together and offer this country some real cars that get good efficiency! How about diesels with a dc generator that will run the drive motors instead of a battery pack?
3 year(s) ago via
Carl Warmington Reading these comments it is very obvious Ford that when making such announcements , especially regarding unknown technology to the public, it might be wise to include more detailed information on how this technology actually works so as not to scare the uneducated consumer as like I wrote appears to have happened. cheers CarlW
3 year(s) ago via
Brian Smith This is how it works on the Hybrid now. It works great! The starters on Hybrids don't go out now and they turn on and off more than they would on a conventional motor. Anyone who likes to sit with their motor idling at a stop light will quickly learn to love the silence more. This is great news.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Halliday I wish my f_150 did this now.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Halliday I wish my f_150 did this now.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eric Meyer The reason why this is cool is because it allows Ford's fleet average fuel economy to go up, allowing them to more easily build fun cars for people like me!
3 year(s) ago via
Timothy Major Do not want that auto start-stop. Have the car go into neutral automatically at a stop light.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Timothy Major You might want to think about an auto going into neutral at a stop light automatically. I do that now manually at a stop light.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sean Well you know what I would actually like to see cars, trucks and other types of vehicles with better aerodynamics, less drag, less co2 emissions and better fuel efficiencies as much as 60 to 70 MPG or higher. Or even better electric cars should have better range distance like 250 to 300 miles of range or higher when it comes to range anxiety but I do want to see more charging stations popping up like weeds so it's more reliable for everybody plus the charging times should be reduce from 30 to 60 minutes to 15 to 30 minutes. Yes it's not as quick as fueling up at a gas station but it's a whole lot better then 30 to 60 minutes depending on the charging stations that they'll be installing in the future but if there had to be ultimate charging stations in the future maybe 5 to 10 minute charging stations? But that will probably take a few decades to get charging stations to charge that fast plus I don't want the batteries to be damage immediately do we? I don't think so! Plus people of Ford if your reading this please take my comment very seriously when it comes to your vehicles thanks for listening.
3 year(s) ago via
Bob DePino I'm not liking this at all. The last thing I want is my engine shutting off in the "bad" section of town! Ford needs to rethink this "innovation" big-time! How about a "automatic accelerator" to achieve optimum fuel economy during acceleration? Diesel rigs don't shut off their engines and they last 1/2 a million miles...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kevin Holden Before jumping to this, what type of lag is there from dead stop and engine off, to floored and go out of an emergency situation. How is a vehicle to warm up and heat blow if engine continues to turn off? What process does the enine go through to shut off and turn back on? I love my Ford, but I really want these questions answered, it concerns me going this route. Why not drop 1/2 cylinders at lights?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay Hamill Meh. You'll never recoup your investment adding something like this to your own car, unless you can install it yourself, and keep your car for 200,000 miles. Oh, wait. I keep every vehicle well over 200,000 miles. I don't drive in city traffic enough to really care about this, though. Won't help me in my 15 mile commute to work, where I pass more farms than cars for the most of it.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Foster Can the newer vehicles be retro-fitted with this system. I have a 2010 Mariner Premier W/v-6 eng. Can it be retro-fitted. If so how much. Thanks.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dylan Stewart Is it coming to Australia? Could there be an off switch, sorry curious
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Michelle I love ford and always will i think if someone bought me my f250 with a lift kit, stacks and muddin tires id love it better then any boyfriend
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rustle See Very neat! Keep it going Ford.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Derek Mall You know ford we got enough lazie people here as it is y make it easier for people to drive if they cant drive then they should stay at home It should be an extra that you can get whats wrong with the old way ?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Saurabh Chhabra Ford Do Something For India Also......... Ford sometimes feel outdated.......... B d frst one to introduce smthn to my country....... Make smthn hot selling
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Loson Wow, what thoughtful comments. Spam, crap, spam, crap, and nothing to do with the US. Nice. This will be good for Ford as long as they don't put stop-start in the Mustang. The Mustang is a V8 powered muscle car, not a hybrid, so Ford would be making a mistake to use hybrid fuel technologies to improve fuel economy. Maybe, that's a big maybe, they could get away with it on the V6 though.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dan Graveen That starter is gonna wear out quick! Also depending on the accessories running, so will the battery. I live in Wisconsin, and winters are cold enough.. This definitely won't help the engine warm up on a -30 January morning.. Don't like.. I'll keep my gas/tire burning Grand Marquis.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Steven Taylor I miss the days when YOu actually drove your car
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Tyra I would rather have 4-10% worse gas mileage over my engine dying everytime I stop.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Hendra Wijayanto when will it come to Indonesia?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paul Larsen this sucks
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Liam Fitzmaurice second to comment
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chanell Nuckolls OMG! I Cant believe this actually works Now you really can see who views your profile!!===> www.bit.ly/idm7tu
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