The deceleration fuel cutoff (DFCO) technology applied in the Chevrolet Cruze increases the car’s fuel economy by up to 2%, depending upon specific driving conditions and behavior, GM said.
With DFCO, while the vehicle is decelerating or slowing down, fuel is automatically shut off to the Cruze’s Ecotec engine. When the driver accelerates, the fuel automatically begins flowing again and the vehicle accelerates as the driver commands.
On a single tank of fuel, DFCO technology contributes more than 17 miles of the overall range on the Cruze Eco model and more than 11 miles of range on the non-Eco Cruze models.
The Cruze is packed with fuel-saving technologies. These types of cost-effective technologies allow Chevrolet to offer customers a vehicle that achieves hybrid-like efficiency without the cost of the hybrid technology.—Kai Loos, the development systems manager for the Cruze’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine
DFCO is enabled when the driver’s foot is off the accelerator pedal and the vehicle is coasting. Through integration of engine and transmission controls, the engine speed is carefully controlled under these deceleration conditions. Fuel automatically begins flowing back to the engine when the driver accelerates or when the engine speed approaches idle conditions.
This technology is on Cruze models with both automatic and manual transmissions.
Chevrolet recently announced that for 2012, Cruze models with the 1.4L turbo and six-speed automatic transmission will get 2 mpg better fuel economy. The Cruze Eco with an automatic transmission will deliver as much as 39 mpg on the highway compared with 37 mpg for the 2011 model. Cruze Eco with the standard six-speed manual transmission remains the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.