|The StARS unit.|
Valeo’s micro-hybrid Starter-Alternator Reversible System (StARS) has won the 2006 PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award in the European Products category. The award, co-sponsored by Automotive News, Microsoft, SAP and the Transportation Research Center, was presented to Valeo at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress in Detroit.
The 14V, belt-driven StARS system—currently available on the Citroën C2 and C3 Stop&Start—features the capacity to stop and then restart the engine immediately and silently. (Earlier post.)
The vehicle starts up again quietly and automatically as soon as it is put in gear or when the foot releases the brake. This system, which reduces pollution (both sound and atmospheric), improves cabin comfort and reduces fuel consumption by 12% on average.