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Kia to offer ISG star-stop technology in North America
Kia says it will bring start-stop technology to North America within two years!
Kia is finally bringing some of its cutting-edge eco-friendly technology to North America. We are talking about the start-stop technolgy, which is already available on certain European models including Kia cee’d and new Kia Venga.
Called ISG (Idle Stop and Go), the innovative start-stop system automatically switches the engine off when the car is stopped or rolling forwards at less than 4 kilometers per hour.
According to the company, the fuel-saving ISG technology will be available on many 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 during the SAE World Congress.
The new technology is expected to provide a 3 percent increase in fuel economy across entire Kia line-up and will help the automaker to achieve to meet tougher North American fuel economy requirements.
Kia has been one of the first automakers in Europe to offer start-stop technology on mass-market cars.