New U.S. models increase adoption of features like rear view cameras

Front collision warning systems with automatic braking also more prevalent

2014/08/05

Summary

Lincoln MKC
Lincoln MKC featuring many driver assistance systems
(2014 North American International Auto Show)

 The following report outlines feature availability on new and redesigned passenger cars and light trucks that were released for sale in the U.S. by GM, Ford, and Chrysler in and after September 2013. The features that have been increasingly available include rear view cameras which will be required to install by May 2018 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (Click here for more information). Forward collision warning systems with auto braking has also become more available as performance has been assessed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety since 2013. Besides, start-stop systems, driver and front passenger's knee airbags, LED headlamps and head-up displays have been adopted on an increasing number of new models.


Advanced equipment made available by GM, Ford, and Chrysler on their new models released in the U.S. in and after September 2013

Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Rotary dial-style shift selector Chrysler 200
Start-stop system Ford F-150, Chrysler 200
(starting in the fourth quarter of 2014)
Collision safety Driver and front passenger's knee airbags Cadillac ELR, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet SS,
Ford Mustang, Chrysler 200
Front center airbag Cadillac Escalade
Driving assistance Rear view camera All models covered in this report
Forward collision warning with auto braking Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac ELR, Cadillac CTS,
Lincoln MKC, Jeep Renegade, Chrysler 200
Visibility LED headlamps Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac ELR, Ford F-150
Automatic high beam control Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac ELR, Cadillac CTS,
Lincoln MKC, Chrysler 200
Convenience Head-up display Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet SS,
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Hands-free liftgate Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln MKC

Related Reports:
  Features on new Japanese models (Jul. 2014)
  Rearview camera final safety standard issued (FMVSS111) (May 2014)
  Features on new Hyundai/Kia models (Mar. 2014)
  New European models' specifications (Jan. 2014)
  German OEMs roll-out advanced driving assistance systems (Nov. 2013)
  US models feature increased use of automatic braking systems (Aug. 2013)