The Citroen C3 'Stop & Start'

A mass-market solution to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions

At the next Paris Motor Show, the Citroen brand will present the "Citroen C3 Stop & Start", the first car to be equipped with a system that cuts the engine when the car is stopped and idling (at red lights, for deliveries, in traffic jams, etc.), then instantly restarts it at the touch of the accelerator. The PSA Peugeot Citroen innovation will be supported by another advanced technology already commercially available on the C3, the SensoDrive electronically controlled manual gearbox. It will be presented on a model powered by a gasoline engine.

The "Stop & Start" system is expected to reduce fuel consumption by around 10% for urban driving and by 6% in the standard combined cycle.

In line with the Group’s strategic focus on developing "useful technology for everyone", Stop & Start systems will be gradually offered on other Citroen and Peugeot models, delivering benefits for both customers, in the form of better fuel economy, and society as a whole, in the form of lower CO2 emissions.

Trials conducted in a large urban environment have demonstrated that in typical customer use, cars are standing still 30% of the time. This means that, in addition to improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, customers and the urban environment will also benefit from the fact that the cars are completely quiet during the many periods when they are not moving.

Published 29 June 2004 Melanie Carter

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