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So far the technology has only featured in cars equipped with conventional manual transmissions but at a conference in Berlin this week automotive parts supplier ZF has said it will have a version ready for automatic cars by 2009. ZF CEO Hans-Georg Haerter didn’t want to give any details but hinted that almost every carmaker will be offering engine stop-start tech in the near future.
Other fuel saving technologies ZF is working on include a new eight-speed automatic and improvements to vehicle drivetrain efficiency. ZF’s own testing has shown that its new eight-speed auto improves fuel consumption by up to 6% over its current six-speed auto. It might not seem like much, but with all the technologies combined cars can see reductions of up to 20%, which is a fairly nice figure considering oil prices today.