Audi will introduce a stop-start system to some of its models this summer, the company has announced.
First to get the technology is the Audi A3 1.4 TFSI, and the 2.0-litre versions of the A4 and A5 (both petrol and diesel variants), all with manual gearboxes. Other models will follow later this year, says Audi.
Although BMW has offered stop-start technology for some time, Audi will beat premium rival Mercedes to the technology; Mercedes won’t offer stop-start until the middle of 2010.
Audi claims that the introduction of stop-start lowers fuel consumption by around 1.7mpg, and consequently shaves approximately 5g/km from a stop-start Audi’s CO2 emissions.