Citroen is now bringing a major new technology to the UK, at no extra cost, with the launch of the C3 Stop & Start. Promising to slash urban fuel bills by up to 15% whilst also reducing emissions, all for a special launch price of under £10,000, this innovative new model is an all win, no lose supermini for today’s economy minded motorists.
The C3 Stop & Start introduces cutting-edge technology, which automatically switches the engine off whenever the vehicle comes to a halt, helping to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. Yet this new model, with its peppy 1.4 litre 90hp petrol unit, delivers the same performance as the 1.4i SX SensoDrive which it replaces.
When testing the vehicle in Paris, Citroen engineers recorded a 15% reduction in urban fuel consumption, while an independent test carried out in the UK returned a staggering 27%* improvement. Savings will vary journey by journey depending on the level of congestion and the amount of time the car spends stationary during a particular trip, which research showed can be as high as 30% of the time.
Together with cleaner air, city dwellers will also benefit from quieter streets as the car is completely silent whenever it is at a standstill, equally making for a more relaxing driving experience for all occupants.
Operating the C3 Stop & Start couldn’t be simpler. The system stops the engine a split second before the car comes to a standstill and then almost silently restarts it in just 400 milliseconds - twice as quickly as a traditional starter motor and even more quietly - the moment the driver takes their foot off the brake pedal, allowing the driver to accelerate away as normal.
The secret behind this latest technology is a reversible alternator that acts as a standard alternator one minute - driven by the engine to charge the battery - but, when required, also acts as a starter motor, driven by the battery to effortlessly re-start the engine. And for those who wish to, the system can be easily deactivated via a button on the dash.