Fiat launches start-stop technology

A new start and stop option has been introduced on the Fiat 500, which the Italian car maker claims will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The Fiat 500 Start&Stop works by stopping the engine automatically - without the driver turning an ignition key - whenever traffic conditions bring the car to a halt, and restarts it when the driver wants to move off again.

The Start&Stop technology is based on the most successful 500 version - the 1.2 Lounge - and benefits from the combined expertise of automotive parts specialist Bosch and Fiat Powertrain Technologies.

The vehicle, available at £9,500 on the road, boasts CO2 emissions of 113g/km, while fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 12% to 49.6mpg

Fiat's Blue&Me hands-free telecommunications and entertainment system is standard on 500 Start&Stop variant, which means the car also benefits from eco:Drive, the system that allows customers to monitor and improve on their CO2 emissions and fuel consumption figures.

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