TOKYO -- Kia Motors will begin offering a stop-start system in Europe this spring. The feature can improve fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent by turning off the engine at traffic lights.
The technology debuts in a new version of the Ceed, a lower-segment car sold only in Europe. But Kia will bring the stop-start feature to other models in other markets in 2010.
German partsmaker Robert Bosch supplies the stop-start equipment to Kia, which makes the Ceed at its assembly plant in Zilina, Slovakia.
In city driving, the South Korean carmakers idle stop and go can cut fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15 percent. Savings in mixed driving conditions average 6 percent.