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2009 Kia Cee’d ISG (Idle Stop&Go) to go on sale by March
Kia has announced it has began a full scale production of the Cee’d ISGs at it’s European manufacturing plant in Slovakia.
Kia cee’d ISG models are already underway, while deliveries to European customers are scheduled to begin during the next two months.
At the beginning, Kia plans to manufacture six different cee’d ISG models, while later, during the year, the start-stop technology will spread to diesel engine equipped cee’ds as well.
Furthermore, Kia also promised to expand it’s innovative technology to other models in the range, while in the 2010, the ISG technology will also spread to markets outside of Europe.
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Kia’s innovative ISG system automatically switches the engine off when the car is stopped in traffic and restarts the engine instantly when the driver wishes to move again.
When city driving, in typical heavy traffic conditions and constant stop-start motoring, the ISG system cuts the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15%compared to the standard cee’d model, while everyday driving over town, country and motorway routes, the officially measured fuel saving is 6% on the combined cycle. (See the table!)
The Kia cee’d ISG also benefits from a significantly improved, new-generation 5-speed manual transmission, which weighs 5 kilograms less than previous unit and features new selector mechanism.
Pricing details for cee’ds sporting the fuel saving ISG technology is yet to be announced, but we were told that it will vary across Europe to suit individual market conditions.
ISG Fuel Saving Table
How does the ISG system from Kia Motors work?
As part of the ISG system for cee’d, a new ‘smart’ starter motor is linked to an upgraded ECU, which monitors the car’s status at all times.
When the car stops, the ECU uses information from various other control systems around the vehicle to decide if switching the engine off is appropriate.
A new ‘smart’ high-efficiency alternator suppresses electric power demand during acceleration and recharges the car’s battery during deceleration.
As a ‘fail-safe’ if the car’s battery power drops below 75% of maximum for any reason, or there is insufficient energy available for the next start-up, the system will abort its ‘Idle Stop & Go’ program.
While the car is stationary, if the clutch pedal is depressed, the engine is instantly re-started – automatically – so there is no delay in setting off as the engine re-starting process is accomplished in the time it takes the driver to select first gear.
Kia’s ISG System Video