DETROIT -- Hyundai and Kia will offer stop-start technology as a fuel-saving feature on many North American vehicles within two years.
"Start-stop will be a key part of our development activity in the next two product cycles," in 2012 and 2016, Timothy White, Hyundai-Kia's senior powertrain manager, said during an interview last week at the SAE World Congress.
White expects the technology to provide about a 3 percent increase in fuel economy across Hyundai and Kia's North American lineup.
Ford Motor Co. will offer similar technology on 20 percent of its global nameplates by 2014. Ford expects a 5 percent boost in fuel economy.
Stop-start engine technology is being adopted by more automakers as a way to improve mileage on conventional gasoline engines.