February 4, 2009
Mazda i-stop Technology – saves gas at red lights
Next month at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show, Mazda is planning to unveil the i-stop version of Mazda 3. The i-stop is an advanced fuel-saving start-stop system. The available hybrids in the market work on the technology to switch off the gas engines and the electric motor will be doing all the work when the engine is idling. Mazda has used the same concept but minus the electric motor. The i-stop is designed to shut off the engine completely when the engine is in idle stage especially when you are at a red light. This will decrease the fuel consumption in cities by 12%. It is also designed to start the engine back in a few seconds. It resumes much faster than a regular cold engine start and does not pose any safety hazards.
For all those car enthusiasts out there, Mazda3 MPS is sporting a hatchback configuration and powered by the MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo engine.