The prediction comes from Bosch chairman Dr Bernd Bohr, who spoke recently with What Car? Magazine. Bosch developed the stop-start system that was introduced earlier this year in the updated BMW 1-series hatch, and not only does it save fuel but it also reduces carbon-dioxide emissions by up to 8%.
According to Bohr, “the technology will become increasingly popular and will make up 20% of the market as soon as 2012.”
A similar system will soon appear on all new Minis starting from August, and Daihatsu is expected to introduce the feature in its Charade for the 2008 model year.