The Vehicles with Automatic Turn-Off

For daily commuters driving from their homes to their workplaces and who unfortunately are stuck in traffic jams every morning, fuel efficiency is a great issue. A new feature towards fuel efficiency that will greatly benefit consumers especially the commuters is the cylinder deactivation system.

The cylinder deactivation system boosts fuel efficiency by automatically turning off the vehicles’ engine when it is in the middle of the traffic or when stopped by a traffic light. This feature had long been used in crossovers and SUVs, known to be gas guzzlers. With the benefits it brings to consumers, the cylinder deactivation system is starting to be widespread not just in the large vehicle segments but also in passenger cars. It is one of the new technologies that the automotive industry offers the consumers to improve fuel economy.

“It’s adding that extra gas economy that everyone’s looking for right now,” said R.W. McKay, a general sales manager with Gordon Chevrolet in Tampa, Fla., who has the system on his 2007 Chevrolet Impala.

”The consumer wants to have a powerful engine but hates to pay for the fuel that comes with the V8,” said Gottfried Schiller, director of engineering for engine management systems at auto supplier Bosch. He said the automakers ”are looking for an effective way to give them both.”

General Motors, Honda Motors and Chrysler LLC offer this system in their vehicles having V6 and V8 engines.

Chevrolet Impala (with V6 and V8 engines)
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Chevrolet Silverado
Buick LaCrosse
Saab 9-7x
Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
Pontiac G8
GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon XL
GMC Envoy Denali
GMC Sierra
(all vehicles with 5.7-liter HEMI engines)
Chrysler 300C
Dodge Charger R/T
Dodge Durango
Dodge Magnum R/T
Dodge Ram 1500
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Commander
Honda Accord (with automatic V6 engines)
Honda Odyssey
Honda Pilot (2-wheel drive versions)


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