Three out of four UK drivers would buy a car with a stop-start system, according to the latest survey of motorists by Motorpoint, the UK’s leading car supermarket group.
Fuel costs saving of up to 8% in urban driving is the top reason voiced. Only Citroën, BMW and Mini are offering stop-start on non-hybrids. Most manufacturers are expected to introduce stop-start, on both manuals and automatics, over the next few years—either across the range or on designated “green” models.
In these days of increasing fuel prices and demands for lower CO2 emissions, its surprising that this tried and tested technology isn’t already more widespread. We always maintain a mix of stock that offers our customers what they tell us they want. This survey shows an overwhelming vote in favour of stop-start technology. We already stock new and nearly new Citroen, BMW and Mini models and we shall make sure, as more manufacturers make the technology available, that we stock those cars too.—Paul Winfield, Motorpoint operations director