While it may take some time for the feature to appear on the Australian market, Fiat have introduced Start&Stop technology on UK versions of its 1.2-litre 500 model.
The Start&Stop system automatically turns the engine off when the vehicle comes to a stop or when the driver selects neutral. The engine then automatically restarts the moment the driver depresses the clutch pedal to select a gear to move off.
The system is said to improve fuel consumption from 5.3 to 4.7 litres per 100km City and from 4.2 to 3.9 litres per 100km Highway when compared to the same car/engine combination trialed without Start&Stop technology. CO2 emissions are also 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.”