Fiat attaches Start-Stop device to the 1.2-liter petrol 500

26/03/2009 - 12:02 | ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

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Fuel efficiency is the cornerstone of any small car sold anywhere today. Perhaps the most significant achievement in that sense is the Start-Stop technology, which pushes the engine into stand-by at traffic lights, reducing not only fuel usage but harmful emissions.

The Fiat 500 is the newest joining the Start-Stop list of cars. The recipient is the 1.2-liter petrol engine, which is already economical. The 1.3-liter Multijet isn't fortunate to get it at the moment, but should be in the future.

Press Release

Fleets choosing a new version of the Fiat 500 city car could enjoy even greater financial rewards now the company has introduced its Start&Stop technology.

The Start&Stop system, which is fitted to the 500’s 1.2-litre petrol engine, automatically turns the engine off when the vehicle comes to a stop and the driver puts the car in neutral. The engine automatically restarts the moment the driver depresses the clutch pedal to select a gear to move off.

In comparison to standard 1.2 models without Start&Stop, the system improves fuel consumption from 44.1mpg to 49.6mpg in urban driving conditions and from 55.4mpg to 58.9mpg on the official combined cycle. CO2 emissions are reduced by 6g/km to 113g/km.

The 500 also features Fiat’s eco:Drive system, which can advise drivers on ways to change their driving style that will improve fuel economy.

“Fuel efficiency has always been a forte on the 500, thanks to Fiat’s industry-leading engine technology,” says Adam Pumfrey, Fleet & Remarketing Director, Fiat UK. “Now the Start&Stop system delivers further improvements while also cutting emissions.

“Together with eco:Drive, Fiat is demonstrating how vehicles and their drivers both have a part to play in reducing overall emissions and fuel consumption, which in turn reduces fuel and tax costs – an essential consideration for any fleet manager.”

Standard equipment on the 500 1.2 Start&Stop includes eco:Drive and Bluetooth connectivity, radio/CD with MP3 compatibility, remote central locking, air-conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel with remote audio controls plus front, side and knee airbags.

Priced at £9,500 OTR, the 500 Start&Stop is the first model in the Fiat range to be so equipped, and comes with a three year/60,000 mile peace of mind warranty package.

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