Features on new Japanese models: regenerative braking use grows

Mini vehicles also employing active safety technology and advanced systems for higher fuel economy




 This report describes various features on new passenger cars that were launched in Japan by Japanese OEMs from April 2012 to June 2013. 23 models (all-new models and some facelifts) including seven mini vehicles are reported: four under the Toyota brand, two under Lexus, five under Nissan, three each under Honda and Mitsubishi, two each under Suzuki and Subaru, and one each under Mazda and Daihatsu. Major improvements include brake energy regeneration systems, pop-up hoods, collision mitigation brake systems, around view monitors, and adaptive high beam systems.

Related Reports: 

Equipment on new European models (1) (Oct. 2012), (2) (Oct. 2012),
Features on new US models (Jun. 2012), Features on new Hyundai/Kia vehicles (Sep. 2012)


Advanced equipment made available by Japanese OEMs on their new models

(New models launched in Japan from April 2012 to June 2013)
Equipment Models
Driving performance
fuel efficiency)
ESC (for mini vehicles) Nissan DAYS, Honda N-ONE, Honda N BOX +, Daihatsu Move
Brake energy
regeneration system
Nissan Latio, Nissan Note, Mazda Atenza, Mitsubishi eK Wagon,
Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Spacia, Suzuki Wagon R
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats/
curtain airbags
All Toyota models, Lexus IS, Lexus LS, Nissan Sylphy, Nissan Cima,
Honda Accord, Honda N-ONE, Mazda Atenza,
Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Mirage, Subaru Forester, Subaru XV
Pop-up hood Toyota Crown, Lexus IS, Nissan Cima
Driving assist Collision mitigation
brake system
Toyota Crown, Lexus IS, Lexus LS, Nissan Cima, Honda Accord,
Mazda Atenza, Mitsubishi Outlander, Daihatsu Move,
Subaru Forester, Subaru XV
Around view monitor Toyota Crown, Nissan DAYZ, Nissan Note
Visibility Adaptive high beam system Toyota Crown, Lexus LS
high beam system
Toyota Auris, Toyota Corolla, Lexus IS, Mazda Atenza
Comfort Heated and ventilated
front seats
Toyota Crown, Lexus IS, Lexus LS, Nissan Cima
Super UV cut glass
for front door
Nissan DAYZ, Mitsubishi eK Wagon, Subaru XV

(Note) Only the gasoline-fueled models are counted as vehicles on which brake energy regeneration systems are available (excluding hybrid models).