The combined starter/alternator heralds a major advance in powertrain efficiency, offering substantial gains in fuel economy and non-parasitic auxiliaries like power steering and air conditioning. Peugeot SA's Citroen, with its Xsara Dynalto — and now Dynactive — is in the development vanguard for Europe, following the Japanese lead of the Toyota Motor Corp. Prius and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Insight. Meanwhile, the U.S. is starting to catch up, too: the Insight went on sale last fall, Toyota ...

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