At the next Paris Motor Show, Citroen will present the C3 “Stop & Start”, their first car to be equipped with a system that cuts the engine when the car is stopped and idling (at red lights, for deliveries, in traffic jams, etc.), then instantly restarts it at the touch of the accelerator.

The PSA Peugeot Citroen innovation will be supported by another advanced technology already commercially available on the C3 – the SensoDrive electronically controlled manual gearbox. It will be presented on a model powered by a petrol engine.

The “Stop & Start” system is expected to reduce fuel consumption by around 10% for urban driving and by 6% in the standard combined cycle.

Stop & Start systems will be gradually offered on other Citroen and Peugeot models, delivering benefits for both customers, in the form of better fuel economy, and society as a whole, in the form of lower CO2 emissions.

Trials conducted in a large urban environment have demonstrated that in typical customer use, cars are standing still 30% of the time. This means that, in addition to improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, customers and the urban environment will also benefit from the fact that the cars are completely quiet during the many periods when they are not moving.