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Hyundai to Introduce its First Production Car with Stop-Start System

Hyundai Motor Company will showcase the i30 blue—its first application of stop-start technology on a Hyundai production car—at this year’s Salon International de L’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March. Hyundai had introduced the i-blue systems concept, an optimized combination of currently available technologies (i-blue package) at the 2008 Geneva show. (Earlier post.)

The company is also introducing the three-door version of its B-segment i20, further enhancing its small-car offering, and is also staging the world premiere of a new concept compact SUV—the HED-6—powered by a 175 hp (130 kW), 1.6-liter GDi turbocharged engine.

The i30 blue features Bosch’s Idle Stop and Go technology. The system uses an advanced starter motor connected to the ECU, which monitors the car’s status at all times, and switches off the engine when the vehicle is stationary.

The ISG system applied to a 1.6-liter gasoline engine reduces fuel consumption by 7% on the combined cycle, while achieving a lower CO2 rating of 142g/km, compared to 152g/km on the regular i30 1.6.

Available in showrooms by mid-year, the i30 blue will come in both five-door hatchback and CW estate body styles and a choice of 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline engines. Other models in the Hyundai new car range will progressively be offered with ISG technology.


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