Vauxhall Corsa first to use Start/Stop

The Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX, introduced earlier this year, is the first model to use the technology in the Vauxhall range.

Start/Stop technology is designed to automatically stop the engine when the driver engages neutral and releases the clutch pedal and re-starts the engine when the clutch is pressed. In busy traffic and at traffic lights, this can improve fuel consumption by up to seven per cent.

The Corsa ecoFLEX with new 1.3 CDTi diesel engine now achieves fuel economy of 70.6mph – 5mpg more than when it did not have Start/Stop technology. Emissions have been reduced from 111g/km to 105g/km and torque has been boosted by 20Nm to 190Nm in the newest version of the engine.

The system works alongside the ventilation, power steering and braking system, which can all still be used even when the engine is turned off.

Vauxhall has added a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to the Corsa ecoFLEX to reduce harmful emissions and added a new high-performance battery, start motor and Electric Power Management system to ensure the Start/Stop technology stays in working order.

Start/Stop technology – often called Start&Stop or Start-Stop – is becoming increasingly popular with car manufacturers and can be found in many Fiat and Citroen models.

The Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (75PS) Start/Stop range is available in all current trims, from S to SXi, with latest prices shown below. Corsa ecoFLEX Start/Stop models add just £260 to the price of a current Euro 5 Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (75PS).