According to Dominique Boesch, general manager of FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company's Audi sales division, German automaker Audi will equip all of its Chinese-made vehicles with mild hybrid technology starting in 2012. If true, then Audi will become the only automaker to make stop-start technology standard on all of its vehicle manufactured in China.
China Car Times says that mild hybrid tech can reduce fuel consumption by up to five percent and that Audi is even considering adding such a system to vehicles that it ships to China from production sites in Europe. In terms of costs, Boesch says that Audi has not reached a final decision on pricing for its mild hybrid-equipped vehicles.
[Source: China Car Times]