Ford to install fuel-saving technology in conventional cars

Auto Start Stop system for gasoline engines will be showcased in January.

Global automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company will now install the fuel-saving technology in conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America.

Ford's patented new Auto Start Stop system for gasoline engines will be showcased on a concept in January at the North American International Auto Show.

The Auto Start-Stop system is equipped with direct-injection EcoBoost engines which sprays the exact amount of fuel in the combustion chamber to enable fast engine starts.

The system uses an enhanced 12-volt automobile battery, upgraded starter motor and an electric pump and includes a light and tachometer to alert when the engine is not running.

Also when the engine is off, all of the vehicle's accessories function normally similar to hybrid vehicles. The system is expected to improve fuel economy by at 4-10% and reduce tailpipe emissions to zero while the vehicle is stationary or waiting. The fuel-saving system will be launched in North America in 2012 and will be offered in all of Ford's global markets.

The system will be launched on four-cylinder engines and will gradually be expanded to vehicles with V6 and V8 engines. Ford will be offer Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid in North America next year, that get 40 mpg or more. Currently the global rollout of Auto Start-Stop is under way in Europe. The system is designed to work on both gasoline and diesel engines, and is the standard on the ECOnetic models of the Ford Ka and Mondeo, and is launching now on Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.

Ford has previously introduced advanced fuel-saving technologies such as electric power steering, dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmissions and other fuel-saving features.