Equipment on new European models (2): PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM and Ford

Implementation of headlamps adaptive beam control and auto-brake safety systems



 The following is a summary of major equipment available on the new passenger cars launched by PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM Europe and Ford Europe in and after the summer of 2010.

 Among the driving stability equipment, the tyre pressure monitoring system to be mandatory under EU legislation (after November 2012 for new models, November 2014 for continuing models) is being made available. The torque vectoring system applies a small amount of braking to the inside wheel when going in a corner so that more engine torque will go to the outside wheel for better cornering performance and stability. Ford Focus is the first compact car segment car in which this system is used.

 As for vision systems, availability is increasing of the high-beam assist that automatically switches between high and low beams while auto-dimming rear view mirror is becoming more available on a broader variety of vehicles. Among the collision safety systems of increasing availability is the automatic activation of hazard warning lights that alert the drivers of vehicles behind when the emergency brakes are applied.

 As for driving and parking assist systems of increasing availability are the collision imminent braking that applies automatic braking when a rear collision is imminent thereby preventing or mitigating damage, and the park assist that looks for enough space for parallel parking.

 Among the systems that address greater comfort and convenience, navigation systems are being adopted that allow access to real-time congestion information and route guidance based on information collected from users, while availability is expanding for Start-stop system that contributes to better fuel economy.

(Note)  See MarkLines Report No.1010 of September 2011 "Equipment on new European models (1)" for equipment adopted by three German auto manufacturers (Daimler, BMW, VW).

Advanced systems introduced by PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM Europe, Ford Europe

(on new models launched in Europe in and after the summer of 2010)
Tyre pressure monitoring system Peugeot 508, Renault Latitude
Torque vectoring system Ford Focus
Visibility High-beam assist Peugeot 508, Opel Zafira Tourer, Ford Focus
Auto-dimming rear view mirror Citroen C4, Citroen DS4, Renault Latitude,
Chevrolet Orlando, Ford C-Max, Ford Focus
Automatic activation of
hazard warning lights
Citroen C4, Citroen DS4, Renault Latitude,
Lancia Ypsilon, Ford C-Max, Ford Focus
Driving &
parking assist
Collision imminent braking Fiat Panda, Opel Zafira Tourer, Ford Focus
Park assist Peugeot 508, Citroen C4, Citroen DS4, Lancia Ypsilon,
Opel Zafira Tourer, Ford C-Max, Ford Focus
Comfort &
Navigation system with
real-time services
Renault Latitude, Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon
Start-stop system Citroen C4, Citroen DS4, Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon,
Opel Zafira Tourer, Ford C-Max, Ford Focus
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