A3, A4 and A5 to get stop-start tech first, other models to follow soon
13 May 2009

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.

Matt Rigby

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