Citroën: a car that says Stop and Start pollution

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PSA provided a vehicle equipped with a system that automatically cuts the engine when is stopped and reduce 10% of emissions CO2.

Jean-Martin Folz spoke about it for months, he unveiled it Tuesday. At two weeks of the Paris auto world, the CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën presented the system "Stop and start". Developed by the Valeo equipment manufacturer, this electric device automatically switches off the engine of the stopped vehicle and restarts it when the driver releases the brake pedal. This system could lower 10% gasoline consumption in town and up to 15% in traffic jams, promises PSA. And to reduce CO2 emissions accordingly.

Before the Citroën C2, then the Peugeot 1007, take over (PSA targets 50.000 vehicles equipped by 2006), it is a special series of the C3, marketed in November, which becomes the first small French car equipped with the "Stop and Start". But other vehicles are already equipped with a similar device. Notably the Toyota Prius Hybrid, also equipped with a motor that stops in traffic jams, but has the added advantage of operating, at low speed, with electricity.

The C3 "Stop and start" will be "almost at the same price or even a little cheaper than an equivalent model integrating all the options," explained Folz. The classic C3 Sensodrive, which rejects on average 143 g of CO2 at km, nevertheless costs today 550 euros less than the version "Stop and start" (135 g of CO2).

"It is spectacular," enthused Minister of Ecology Serge Lepeltier, who did not miss the opportunity to confirm his intention to launch a bonus-malus designed to penalize more polluting vehicles. And who "hopes that the French will seize" of the "Stop and start". In 2003, these bought less than 10.000 "clean" cars on the 2 million of new vehicles purchased in France.

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