In September, we talked intensively about BMW's new Start/Stop System as being part of the "EfficientDynamics" program. The stop-start system is one of the fuel economy and emissions reduction components of its "Efficient Dynamics" technology package. The way it works is that the system automatically switches off the engine when the car comes to a standstill. As soon as the driver puts in the clutch or depresses the gas pedal, the engine fires up automatically.
At that time, we confirmed the Start/Stop system only works for manual transmissions, but we had hopes that a solution for the automatic gearboxes will be developed as well. Three months later and the latest news say BMW's new ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will feature the Start/Stop technology also.
It is unknown at the moment which models will be getting this system, but my best goes on the high-end 760Li which will be released by the end of 2009.