When the redesigned Honda Fit arrives in U.
S. showrooms in the middle of next year, it won't have an engine stop-start system.
One reason is that cars with stop-start can be a drag to drive.
The fuel-saving technology, which shuts off the engine at stoplights, is popular outside North America. In Japan it comes standard on all versions of Honda's new Fit small car.
But the lag between stop and start makes it slow off the line. And that is partly why engineers chose not to use it in the United States.