Land Rover's diesel baby will get a fuel-saving stop-start system as standard within 18 months
11 September 2007

A stop-start device that will improve fuel economy on Land Rover Freelander models to over 41mpg will become standard fit in early 2009.Doing what all such devices do — cutting the engine when the car stops — will also shave a welcome 25g/km off the tailpipe emissions of the Freelander 2.2 TD manual, the only model currently planned to take the technology.That’s enough to shift the Freelander one band down the VED bandings to band E and four bands down the CO2-based company car tax rankings.Unusually, the stop/start system will be standard on all diesel-powered manual ‘box Freelanders sold across the world, a development that Land Rover reckons will save 10m tonnes of C02 a year, based on 28,000 cars each driving 15,000 miles.This stop/start system is just part of a joint £700m investment by Land Rover and Jag into green technology over the next five years.

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