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

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

2011/10/19

Summary

 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)
Driving
stability
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
Collision
safety
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 &
convenience
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


PSA: Advanced parking assist systems and 2-Zone air conditioning available on all three new models

 PSA has adopted advanced adaptive headlamps synchronized with steering when making a corner, coupled with the automatic high/low-beam switching, on the Peugeot 508, the highest-end model under the Peugeot brand. PSA's all three new models, including Citroen C4 and DS4, are sold with the available Parking assist that measures space for parallel parking and indicates parkability and the level of ease of parking, and Automatic dual-zone air conditioning that allows different temperature setting for the driver and the front-seat passenger.

PSA: Main features on Peugeot/Citroen cars launched in and after summer 2010

The columns below the model names show the release months (Same for the following tables).
◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
Peugeot
508
Citroen
C4
Citroen
DS4
Feb. 2011 Jun. 2010 May 2011
Driving
stability
ESP, ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), and CBC (Cornering Brake Control)
ESP with Traction Control
Intelligent Traction Control (Note 4)
ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
and EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance)
Tyre pressure sensor
Electrohydraulic power assisted steering
Variable power assisted steering
Visibility Automatic headlamps ○△ ○△
Bi-Xenon directional headlamps with Peugeot Smartbeam Assistance (Note 5) ○△
Additional static directional lighting ○△
LED daytime running lights ○△
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrors ○△
Electrically foldable door mirrors with integrated kerb side LED ○△
Front fog lights with cornering function
Electrochrome/auto-dimming rear view mirror ○△ ○△
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers ○△ ○△
Collision
safety
Front lateral airbags
Driver and front passenger side airbags
Front and rear curtain airbags
Seat belt force limiter on two outer rear seats
Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
in case of rapid deceleration or impact
Automatic door and boot locking
(when car in motion and unlocking in case of impact)
Driving &
parking
assist
Rear parking sensor
Front Parking Aid ○△
Parking assist (Note 6) ○△
Automatic electric parking brake
Hill Start Assist function
Blind spot monitoring system ○△
Cruise control with speed limiter ○△
Comfort &
convenience
Automatic dual-zone air conditioning ○△ ○△
Automatic quad-zone air conditioning
Independent programmable heating system (Note 7)
Heated front seats ○△
Electrically adjustable front seats
Electric lumbar adjustment of driver seat
Front seats with electric lumbar adjustment and massage function ○△
Multifunction steering wheel
Colour head-up display (Note 8) ○△
Illuminated and ventilated glove box
Rear centre armrest with ski flap ○△
Bluetooth telephone facility with audio streaming ○△
Peugeot Connect Navigation with Bluetooth ○△
Connecting Box (Bluetooth system with USB socket) ○△
Motorised tailgate
Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance (Note 9)
Citroen eTouch Emergency and Assistance system (Note 10)
Gear efficiency indicator (manual models only)
Stop & Start
Brake energy recuperation function
Source: Peugeot/Citroen on-line catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011
(Notes) 1. Peugeot 508, consisting of a midsize sedan and station wagon combining the 407 and the 607, is the highest-end model under the Peugeot brand.
2. Citroen C4 is a mid-range five-door hatchback after the first full remodeling in seven years.
3. Citroen DS4, Citroen's near-premium model, is a coupe-styled five-door hatchback.
4. Intelligent Traction Control analyzes the road surface conditions, slope of the road, acceleration, wheel angles, grip, etc., when driving on slippery roads such as snow or frozen surface, calculates the best method of transmitting the traction, and provides optimal rotation and braking to four wheels separately thereby preventing slipping.
5. Peugeot Smartbeam Assistance uses a camera mounted in back of the rear-view mirror to detect lights from the vehicles in front or in the opposing lane, and switches between low and high beams accordingly.
6. Parking assist uses sensors located at both ends of the front bumper to measure space for parallel parking, and displays parkability and the level of ease of parking accordingly.
7. Independent programmable heating system allows pre-heating and pre-ventilation of the interior, decreasing the time to reach desired comfort level.
8. Rather than projecting information on the windshield, the Colour head-up display uses a retractable carbonate-made smoked panel that rises on the dashboard in front of the driver to display necessary information for driving, such as the vehicle speed, cruise control and speed limiter setting, and navigation.
9. When an airbag or seatbelt pre-tensioner is deployed, the vehicle with the Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance automatically reports the event to the Peugeot Connect SOS. The system establishes the present location of the vehicle, calls the passenger and arranges for ambulance or other necessary emergency services that may be required.
10. Citroen eTouch Emergency and Assistance system is available free of charge through the entire time the vehicle is used. At the press of a button located in the ceiling in an event of accident or vehicle malfunction, the system establishes the vehicle's location based on GPS and SIM card and contacts Citroen emergency call center. The center judges the situation, gives an appropriate advice to the driver, and calls an ambulance, etc., as the case may be.

 



Renault: Real-time navigation system available on the large-size Latitude sedan

 Renault has made several features available on the Latitude, the new flagship large-size sedan, including the Bi-Xenon cornering headlights that move in synchronization with the steering, and a new navigation system that provides congestion and other real-time information based on information collected and analyzed from many users. Also adopted by Renault is the Air purification system that emits negative ions to purify the air in the compartment and diffuse scent of the driver's choice.

Renault: Main features on Renault cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
Latitude
Beginning
of 2011
Driving
stability
ESP with ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation)
ABS with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)
Electrohydrauric power steering
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Visibility Automatic headlights
Bi-Xenon cornering headlights
Fog lights
LED rear lights
Electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors
Door mirrors with memory functions
Electrochrome rear view mirror
Automatic windscreen wipers
Collision
safety
Adaptive front airbags
Dual chamber thorax/groin lateral airbags with twin side-impact sensors (Note 2)
Curtain airbags
Emergency brake assistance with alarm lamp
Driving &
parking
assist
Front and rear parking proximity sensors
Reversing camera
Automatic parking brake
Cruise control with speed limiter
Comfort &
convenience
Automatic dual zone climate control
Automatic triple-zone climate control
Air purification system (dual-mode air ioniser and double scent diffuser) (Note 3)
Driver's seat - 8 ways electrically adjustable
Driver's seat with memory and electric lumbar support
Passenger seat - 6 ways electrically adjustable
Four-mode massage driver's seat (Note 4)
Front heated seats
Bluetooth telephony and Plug & Music digital connectivity
Carminat TomTom Live navigation system (Note 5)
Source: Renault on-line catalog (Australia) as of mid-September 2011, Renault Press Kit at 2010 Paris Motor Show
(Notes) 1. Latitude is a large-size sedan based on Renault Samsung' SM5 and is Renault's new flagship model that succeeds the Vel Satis.
2. Dual chamber thorax/groin lateral airbags with twin side-impact sensors use sensors mounted in the front door and B-pillar to detect side impacts and adjust the airbag deployment timing according to the intensity of impact.
3. In addition to the air/pollen activated carbon filter and the toxicity sensor, the Air purification system has a dual-mode air ionizer that emits negative ions to drastically reduce the airborne bacteria and allergens in the compartment. Furthermore, the double scent diffuser mounted in the dashboard diffuses scents chosen separately by the driver and the front seat occupant. Scents are supplied from cartridges that are sold in Renault dealerships.
4. The Four-mode massage driver's seat has five pneumatic rollers built into the seat backrest that move up and down to massage the driver's back. The massage mode may be selected from four modes (continuous, intermittent, soft, and firm).
5. Carminat TomTom Live is a new navigation system developed jointly by Renault and TomTom, a navigation system manufacturer. It provides access to a variety of real-time services such as the latest map information, congestion information based on actual road experience collected from other system users, weather information, locations of stationary and moving speed monitoring cameras, and Google local search.

 



Fiat: Collision-preventive automatic braking system featured on Panda

 Fiat Panda and Lancia Ypsilon have been launched with the Dualdrive electric power steering that allows the driver to choose a best power steering setting, and a new navigation system that provides access to a variety of real-time information such as congestion and route guidance based on road information collected from other system users. Fiat plans to make available, on the Fiat Panda within the first year of launch, the Innovative braking system that detects an obstacle in front of the vehicle running at 30 km/h or slower and applies brakes to stop the vehicle automatically as needed.

Fiat: Main features on Fiat/Lancia (Chrysler) cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
Fiat
Panda
Lancia
Ypsilon
Beginning
of 2012
Jun. 2011
Driving
stability
Dynamic Stability Control with Hill Holder
ABS with Brake Assist System
ABS with EBD (Emergency Brake Distribution)
Dualdrive electric power steering with "City" function (Note 3)
Visibility Fog Lamps - Front ○△
Daytime Running Lights
LED Tail Lights
Rain Sensor Detection
Door Mirrors - Power, Heated
Defroster - Rear Window
Collision
safety
Front side airbags ○△
Window airbags/Side Curtain Airbags
Automatic Activation of Hazard Warning Lights
Driving &
parking
assist
Cruise Control
Rear parking sensors
Innovative braking system (Note 4)
Magic Parking (Note 5)
Comfort &
convenience
Audio controls on steering wheel ○△
Blue&Me with USB Port (Note 6) ○△
Blue&Me TomTom LIVE (Note 7) ○△
Smart Fuel System (Note 8)
Smart Indicator (Note 9)
Gear Shift Indicator
Start & Stop
Source: Data about Fiat Panda taken from Fiat Press Kit at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show; data about Lancia Ypsilon taken from Chrysler On-Line Catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011 (sold under the Chrysler brand in the UK and Ireland where the Lancia brand vehicles are not sold).
(Notes) 1. Fiat Panda is a five-door hatchback in A segment. Larger in the external size than the previous model and has a larger interior space.
2. Lancia (Chrysler) Ypsilon is a premium compact car in B segment. The new model is a five-door hatchback unlike earlier models in the series.
3. Dualdrive electric power steering with "City" function allows the driver to select one from two power steering settings at the press of a button. The normal setting delivers good response in all types of driving whereas pressing the "City" button gives an effortless steering wheel operation, easier handling, and easier parking maneuver when driving in cities.
4. Innovative braking system (automatic braking system) slated for addition within a year after launch is designed to detect obstacles in front of the vehicle running at speeds up to 30 km/h and automatically stops the vehicle if necessary.
5. Magic Parking uses radar sensors mounted in both sides of the vehicle to look for space large enough for parallel parking. If the space is 4.6 meters or longer (Ypsilon is 3.8 meters long), the system automatically performs the necessary steering maneuver for parking,
6. Blue&Me is an infotainment system jointly developed by Fiat and Microsoft. It gives access to mobile terminals for hands-free communication on Bluetooth-connected mobile phones and listening to digital musical entertainment via USB ports.
7. Blue&Me TomTom LIVE is a navigation system developed jointly by Fiat and TomTom, a navigation system manufacturer, and provides real-time online services as well. It provides access to a variety of navigation services such as congestion information based on actual road conditions collected from other system users, route guidance based on real-time road conditions, locations of stationary and moving speed monitoring cameras, weather forecasts and Google local search.
8. Smart Fuel System is a device located at the top of the fuel feed pipe. It opens when the fuel pump is inserted and closes when the pump is removed. This eliminates the need for the fuel cap, puts an end to fuel leakage and makes fuelling quick as well as safe.
9. Smart Indicator shows the car's fuel efficiency and the amount of CO2 emission while the car is travelling to support the driver's eco-friendly driving practice.

 



GM Europe: Advanced headlamps and preventive safety equipment featured on Opel Zafira Tourer

 GM plans to adopt systems that normally belong to high-end models in Opel Zafira Tourer slated for market launch in early 2012. One is an advanced adaptive lighting system that automatically selects the best from nine different lighting functions and adjusts low-beam range to reduce dazzling other drivers in front or in opposing lanes. Another is a group of preventive safety systems that make use of the front-mounted camera dubbed Opel Eye.

GM Europe: Main features on Opel/Vauxhall/Chevrolet cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
Opel
Zafira
Tourer
Chevrolet
Orlando
Beginning
of 2012
Beginning
of 2011
Driving
stability
ESC with Traction Control
FlexRide chassis control (Note 3)
Visibility AFL+ (Adaptive Forward Lighting +) (Note 4)
Intelligent Light Ranging (Note 5)
Daytime running lights
Front fog lights
Automatic lighting control
LED taillights
Door mirrors - electrically adjustable, heated
Door mirrors - electrically adjustable, heated, power folding
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
Collision
safety
Front seat side airbags
Roof curtain airbags
Driving &
parking
assist
Rear parking distance sensor
Rearview camera
Opel Eye (Note 6)
Adaptive Cruise Control
Cruise control
Traffic Sign Recognition
Lane Departure Warning
Side Blind Spot Alert
Forward Collision Alert
Collision Imminent Braking (Note 7)
Following Distance Indication
Advanced Park Assist (Note 8)
Comfort &
convenience
FlexRail center console (Note 9)
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Air quality sensor
FlexFix bicycle carrier system (Note 10)
Heated steering wheel
Heated front seats
2nd row Lounge Seating
TOUCH & CONNECT Europa Navi (Note 11)
Rear seat view mirror
Hidden storage behind radio
Start/Stop
Source: Data about Opel Zafira Tourer taken from Opel Press Kit at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show; data about Chevrolet Orlando taken from Chevrolet's On-Line Catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011.
(Notes) 1. Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a seven-passenger minivan increased in size from the earlier model.
2. Chevrolet Orlando is a seven-passenger MPV and Chevrolet's first MPV designed for European markets.
3. FlexRide chassis control uses continuous damping control to optimize damper control according to the road conditions, cornering speed, the vehicle's motion, driving style, etc. At the press of a button the driver can choose from three driving modes (Standard addressing balancing, Tour focusing on riding comfort, Sport for active driving experience).
4. AFL+ uses multiple on-board sensors to detect the ambient brightness, weather, steering angle, etc., and selects the best from nine different light functions of varying light intensity and pattern. This improves visibility especially in curves and corners.
5. Intelligent Light Ranging is a new function added to AFL+. It adapts the low-beam range continuously according to the distance to other cars ahead or in opposing lane as measured by the front-mounted camera. This provides necessary field of view without dazzling other drivers.
6. The Opel Eye on Zafira Tourer, a second generation of the system, uses the front camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror to provide advanced functions such as Following Distance Indication (displays distance to another vehicle in front) and Forward Collision Alert (alerts the danger of rear-end collision with another vehicle ahead) in addition to the functions from the earlier models such as Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning.
7. When the driver fails to respond to Forward Collision Alert, Collision Imminent Braking automatically applies brakes (up to 30% of full braking force) to reduce the impact of collision.
8. Advanced Park Assist looks for space large enough for parallel parking using ultrasonic sensors with the vehicle running at speeds up to 30 km/h, and guides through steering maneuvers to park.
9. FlexRail center console is a flexible storage system consisting of an armrest with a large storage box and a cup holder. They slide along the aluminum-made rails between the front seats and may be locked in any position in between as desired.
10. FlexFix bicycle carrier system is pulled out from the rear bumper to carry up to four bicycles at a time using a special adaptor rather than only two as in the previous model. The carrier system can be tilted low, with bicycles loaded, to such an angle the tailgate can be opened.
11. TOUCH & CONNECT Europa Navi is Opel's new infotainment system and comes fully equipped with an SD card-based navigation, 2D and 3D map of 28 European countries, USB interface, etc.

 



Ford Europe: Automatic braking system and other advanced equipment on the Focus

 Ford has made available, on the C-Max and Focus among its C segment models, the Active park assist that looks for space for parking and provides automated steering operation, and the start-stop system. In addition, the Focus is sold with a number of other advanced systems that include Torque Vectoring System that 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, Auto High Beam that automatically switches between high and low beams, and Low Speed Safety System that applies automatic braking to stop the vehicle running at speeds up to 20 mph to prevent rear-end collision.

Ford: Main features on Ford cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
C-Max Focus
Latter half
of 2010
Beginning
of 2011
Driving
stability
ESP with Traction Control, EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)
ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
Torque Vectoring Control (Note 3)
Trailer Stability Assist
Electric Power-Assisted Steering
Visibility Automatic headlights
Auto High Beam (Note 4)
LED Day running lights
Door mirrors -heated, electric operation, integrated side indicator
Door mirrors - power fold ○△
Front fog lights ○△
Rear lights with LED technology
Automatic wipers with rain sensor
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Collision
safety
Intelligent Protection System (Note 5)
Front side impact airbags
Front and 2nd row curtain airbags
Deflation Detection System
Emergency brake warning
Driving &
parking
assist
Rear parking distance sensors ○△
Front parking distance sensors ○△
Rear-view parking camera
Cruise control with adjustable speed limiting device
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert (Note 6)
Hill Start Assist
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid
Driver Alert (Note 7)
Low Speed Safety System (Note 8)
Traffic Sign Recognition
Active park assist (Note 9) ○△
Blind spot detection system
Comfort &
convenience
Air conditioning -dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
Driver's 6-way electric seat adjustment
Heated Front seats
Power-operated tailgate
Ford Easy-Fuel capless refueling system
Child observation mirror
Bluetooth hands free phone and voice control system
with USB/iPod connectivity port
Ford Eco Mode (driver information system)
Auto-Start-Stop system
Source: Ford Europe on-line catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011
(Notes) 1. C-Max is a five-passenger minivan designed upon Ford's global C segment platform. Its seven-passenger version with an extended wheelbase and sliding doors in the rear section is called the Grand C-Max.
2. Focus is the first fully remodeled C segment model in six years. It comes in three body types; five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and five-door station wagon.
3. 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. Braking causes a similar effect as the LSD (limited slip differential) to adjust the torque distribution between the right and left front wheels. The system uses the ESP to monitor the vehicle and road conditions at the frequency of 100 times per second and adjust the distribution accordingly.
4. Auto High Beam automatically switches to low-beam lighting when the vehicle running at night with high beams encounters another car in front or in opposing lanes, and returns to high-beam lighting pattern when other cars are out of sight.
5. Intelligent Protection System is a passive safety package and consists of airbags, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, and a number of damage mitigation devices such as the collapsible steering column, retracting pedals, and automatic hazard warning lights.
6. Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert lets the driver set the upper vehicle speed between 15 and 70 mph and guides the vehicle within the set speed while keeping distance from another car in front. When the distance becomes smaller, the system gives audible and visual warnings.
7. Driver Alert constantly monitors the driver's behavior and, when it detects drowsiness due to fatigue, it displays a message that it's time to take a rest.
8. When the vehicle is running at speeds up to 20 mph and the Low Speed Safety System detects the car in front has unexpectedly stopped, it applies automatic brake until the vehicle comes to a stop. This is the first Ford model in which the system is used.
9. Active park assist looks for space large enough for parking and automates the steering maneuvers for parking.

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