Citroën: a car that says Stop and Start pollution

PSA presented a vehicle equipped with a system that automatically shuts down the engine when it is stopped and would reduce CO10 emissions by 2%.

Jean-Martin Folz has been talking about it for months, he unveiled it on Tuesday. Two weeks before the Paris Motor Show, the CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën presented the “Stop and start” system. Developed by the equipment supplier Valeo, this electrical device automatically cuts off the engine of the stopped vehicle to restart it when the driver takes off the brake. This system could reduce fuel consumption in cities by 10% and up to 15% in traffic jams, promises PSA. And to reduce CO2 emissions by the same amount.

Before the Citroën C2, then the Peugeot 1007, took over (PSA targets 50.000 vehicles equipped by 2006), it is a special series of the C3, marketed in November, which becomes the first small French car equipped with the "Stop and Start". However, other vehicles are already provided with a similar device. In particular the Toyota Prius hybrid, also equipped with an engine which stops in traffic jams, but which has the additional advantage of operating, at low speed, with electricity.

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The C3 "Stop and start" will be "almost the same price or a little cheaper than an equivalent model incorporating all the options," said Folz. The classic C3 Sensodrive, which emits an average of 143 g of CO2 per km, nevertheless currently costs 550 euros less than the “Stop and start” version (135 g of CO2).

"It's spectacular," enthusiastic Minister of Ecology Serge Lepeltier, who did not miss the opportunity to confirm his intention to launch a bonus-penalty intended to penalize more polluting vehicles. And who "hopes that the French will seize" the "Stop and start". In 2003, they bought less than 10.000 “clean” cars out of the 2 million new vehicles bought in France.

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