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Stop/Start technology was an impressive innovation when it first appeared in hybrid vehicles, but we would hardly call it a novel concept. The Stop/Start feature is based on the idea that a car shouldn’t be using gasoline when it doesn’t need to, which improves fuel economy.
As engines become more sophisticated and technology continues to advance, we are seeing the Stop/Start ability in more vehicles. These cars have generally been compact hybrids, but the all-new 2014 Chevy Malibu Stop/Start technology will be a segment-first for midsize sedans. The Malibu will be the very first midsize sedan sold in the U.S. to offer a Stop/Start system as standard equipment on its base engine.
“The key was to apply the knowledge we gained from our eAssist technology,” said Todd Pawlik, Malibu chief engineer, in a press release. “By leveraging knowledge from the stop/start system we use on eAssist, we were able to significantly improve city fuel ratings by 3 mpg, or 14 percent on Malibu’s entry-level 2.5L model, compared to the 2013 model.”
The Stop/Start feature turns the engine off when the Malibu stops and seamlessly turns it back on before it is needed to accelerate. The fuel-saving system allows the 2014 Malibu to return 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway – a 14 percent increase in city fuel economy, where the Stop/Start technology is particularly beneficial.
Will news of the 2014 Chevy Malibu Stop/Start technology lure you away from buying another midsize sedan and instead land you on a Chevrolet dealership lot?
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