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Report: new Honda minicar to have idle-stop as standard

Nikkei. Honda Motor Co. will include an idling-stop mechanism as a standard feature in a new wagon-type mini-vehicle due for release this December.

Idling-stop systems help improve fuel economy by stopping the engine when the car slows to a crawl. Over the past few years, other Japanese carmakers have aggressively added them to their new models. But Honda has not done so for any of its own gasoline-powered vehicles, even as an option.

In now embracing idling-stop, Honda aims to use fuel efficiency as a weapon to win a greater share of the minivehicle market. Its new wagon-type minivehicle, with its tall profile and roomy interior, will offer a best-in-class fuel economy of 25km per liter [54 mpg US, 4.35 L/100m].

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