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Ford’s Better Idea; Stop-Start Technology?

It is rumored that in 2112 Ford will equip many of its U.S. cars and SUVs with stop-start technology. What this will do is automatically shut down the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. This is all done to cut down on fuel consumption and emissions.

Thistechnology,Start-Stop, will be available with either manual or automatic transmissions.

Ford’s new generation of direct-injection four-cylinder engines will be the first to get the stop-start technology but plans plans to spread it among its four-, six- and eight-cylinder engine families. However, the technology can’t be used on all models, such as the F-series Super Duty pickups, the spokesman said.

Now doesn’t that just make you want to run out a get in line for a new Ford? Hell, I had a car like that in High School forty years ago. Every time I pulled up to a stop the engine did too. Of course it was “old school” technology and I had to manually restart it and it was a pain in the rear!

I have driven one of those hybrids that does the samething. Every time I pulled up to a stop light in that thing it quit running and I would reach down for the key to restart it! Not a good idea.

Ford, leave us old farts alone! Now, that is a better idea, what do you think?

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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