Car maker snaps up green technology

Car part manufacturer Valeo has been contracted to equip more than one million PSA Peugeot Citroen vehicles with its Stop-Start technology by 2011.

The company's StARS system is designed to automatically cut off an engine when the vehicle comes to a standstill

Thierry Morin, Valeo Chairman & CEO, said: "This is an important contract. The confidence expressed by the PSA Group through this contract shows that our strategy is supported by automakers. Our objective is to develop affordable solutions accessible to the greatest number of motorists."

It is estimated that, in cities, a car spends up to one-third of its time at a standstill with the engine idling unnecessarily.

In a bid to cut down on population, the StARS system automatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill and restarts it the instant the brake pedal is released.

Valeo says StARS can help urban drivers reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15%.

PSA Peugeot Citroen is the first car maker to adopt this system in volume. The system will be seen on both the Citroen C2 and C3 models.

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