Peugeot, Citroen launch cut out engine

7th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 7 (AFP) - PSA Peugeot Citroen chief Jean-Martin Folz unveiled Tuesday the group's first auto equipped with a "stop and start" system to reduce fuel consumption and pollution by cutting the engine when possible.

PARIS, Sept 7 (AFP) - PSA Peugeot Citroen chief Jean-Martin Folz unveiled Tuesday the group's first auto equipped with a "stop and start" system to reduce fuel consumption and pollution by cutting the engine when possible.  

The device, installed in a Citroen C3 compact car, automatically stops the motor when the auto is waiting at a red light or is stuck in a traffic jam, for example.  

Costing an additional EUR 550 (USD 660), it is said to provide for fuel savings of 10 percent in city driving, between 6-10 percent in combined urban and highway use, and 15 percent in blocked traffic.  

Carbon dioxide emissions, a principle factor in global warming, are reduced by a similar percentage, the company says.  

The C3 is to be available here in November, followed by its introduction in Britain, Italy and Spain, said PSA, which hopes to sell 50,000 models by 2006.

© AFP

 

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