Production begins, but Kia delay right-hand-drive versions until later in the year
15 January 2009

The UK will have to wait until the launch of the facelifted version of the Kia Cee’d to get Kia’s new stop-start system, the company has announced.

Production of the new Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system has already begun for left-hand-drive Cee’ds, but UK customers will have to wait until the autumn, when a facelifted version of the hatchback is launched.

Kia claims a fuel saving of up to 15 per cent for the ISG system, whose introduction will also include a raft of changes designed to improve fuel efficiency.

In addition to a new ‘smart’ starter motor, which determines if switching off the engine is appropriate, the Cee’d will also get a high-efficiency alternator and lightweight gearbox for more economical driving.

CO2 emissions will also be reduced. The 1.4-litre petrol’s 137g/km represents a reduction of 8g/km over the non-ISG model. At launch the 1.6-litre petrol Cee’d will also get the system, with similar stop-start technology planned for the 1.6-litre diesel model.

A six-speed gearbox will be introduced later in the Cee’d’s lifecycle to further improve economy.

George Barrow

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