Features on new Japanese models: more availability of pre-crash brakes

Pre-stop start-stop system and floor under-cover improve fuel efficiency



 Reported below is a summary of features on new passenger car models that were released for sale in Japan by Japanese OEMs from May 2011 to April 2012 (as announced through February 2012). The new passenger cars (all-new models and some new derivatives) counted 15 models in total (other than the cars produced on an OEM basis), including 5 under the Toyota brand, 1 under Lexus, 3 under Honda, 2 each under Suzuki and Fuji Heavy, and 1 each under Mazda and Daihatsu.

 Among systems addressing driving performance (including fuel efficiency), the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) that prevents skidding is a standard feature on nearly all models including compact cars and mini-vehicles (in Japan, the installation of ESC will become compulsory for all new models other than mini-vehicles in October 2012 and for mini-vehicle models in October 2014). An active rear-wheel steering is a newly-added feature in the integrated control system that controls ESC and the electric steering system. Equipment intending higher fuel efficiency includes an anticipating start-stop system that stops the engine before the car comes to a stop, and a floor under-cover that improves the car's aerodynamic performance.

 Preventive safety systems to support driving are also becoming more available. The pre-crash brake automatically applies the brakes when a potential collision is detected, and the AT unintended start suppression system prevents accidents caused by pressing the wrong pedal in parking areas. The newly available systems for enhanced visibility include headlamps that use LEDs in both low- and high-beam lamps, and systems that automatically switch between low- and high-beams.

 Equipment of increased availability addressing comfort includes the air conditioning with an electric compressor that keeps the air conditioner running while the engine has stopped. Equipment for increased convenience includes the telematics systems for using real-time information from other moving cars.

Related reports: Equipment on new European models (1) (October 2011), (2) (October 2011),
Equipment on new US models (April 2011),
Equipment on new Hyundai/Kia models (June 2011)

Advanced equipment made available by Japanese automakers in their new models

(New models launched in Japan from May 2011 to April 2012)
Equipment Models
fuel efficiency)
ESC All models (other than Suzuki Alto Eco)
Active rear-wheel steering Lexus GS
Floor under-cover Toyota 86, Toyota Prius PHV, Toyota Camry,
Toyota Prius α, Honda Fit Shuttle, Mazda CX-5, Subaru BRZ
Start-stop system Honda N BOX, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Impreza,
Suzuki Alto Eco, Daihatsu Mira e:S
Driving assist Pre-crash brakes Toyota Prius PHV, Toyota Prius α, Lexus GS,
Mazda CX-5, Subaru Impreza
AT unintended start suppression system Mazda CX-5, Subaru Impreza
Visibility High/low-beam LED headlamp Lexus GS
Automatic High Beam Lexus GS
Comfort Automatic air conditioning with
electric inverter compressor
Toyota Prius PHV, Toyota Aqua, Toyota Camry,
Toyota Prius α, Lexus GS
Convenience Telematics systems using
real-time information
Toyota 86, Toyota Prius PHV, Toyota Prius α,
Lexus GS, Honda CR-V, Honda Fit Shuttle, Subaru Impreza

(Note) Only the gasoline-fueled models are counted as cars on which start-stop systems are available (other than HV, PHV).

Toyota: Preventive safety and advanced parking assist systems available on Prius PHV and Prius α

 The floor under-cover and engine under-cover, featured on four Toyota models, are intended to improve aerodynamic performance. The aero-stabilizing fin, a standard feature on the Aqua and the Camry, generates small eddies that produce downward force at both sides of the body and stabilize the vehicle.

 Among driving assist systems, the pre-crash safety system including pre-crash brakes, and the intelligent parking assist system that has a parking space recognition capability are available on the Prius PHV and the Prius α. The headlamp with an LED low-beam is a standard enhanced visibility system on the Prius PHV and the Prius α of certain grades.

 The automatic air conditioning with an electric inverter compressor, a standard feature for enhanced comfort on all hybrid models, maintains the air conditioner running even when the engine is off. As for convenience enhancement, DSSS-based Driving Assist System is available on the Prius PHV and the Camry that uses information received from roadside optical beacons to support driving safety.

Toyota: Main features on new Toyota-brand models released for sale in Japan from May 2011 to April 2012

◎ Standard on all grades, ○ Standard on some grades, △ Optional
86 Prius
Aqua Camry Prius α
fuel efficiency)
VSC (Toyota term for ESC)
S-VSC (coordinated steering control)
Torque-sensing LSD (Limited Slip Differential) ○△
Aero-stabilizing fin (Note 6)
Floor under-cover
Engine under-cover
Exhaust heat recovery (Note 7)
Shift-up indicator
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats, curtain
shied airbags for front and rear seats
Knee airbags for driver's seat
Active head rest for front seats
Whiplash mitigating front seats
parking assist
Audio backing guide monitor
Pre-crash safety system (millimeter wave radar) ○△
Radar cruise control (with brake control) ○△
Proximity-alarm (Note 8)
Emergency brake signal
Intelligent parking assist
(with parking space recognition capability
and backing guide monitor)(Note 9)
Driving control mode switch
(sports mode, snow mode)
Mode switch (eco, EV, etc.)(Note 10)
Visibility Discharge headlamp
LED headlamp (low-beam) ○△
Con Light (Auto Light)
Rain-sensing wiper
Rear window defogger (with a timer)
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Electrically retractable
remote-controlled door mirror
Seat Heated seats for front seats
Seat heaters for front seats
8-way power adjustable seat for driver
Electric lumbar support
Comfort Right/left independent temperature controllable
fully automatic air conditioner
Automatic air conditioning with
electric inverter compressor (Note 11)
Clean air filter (pollen removal type)
Convenience Touch tracer display (Note 12) ○△
Head-up display ○△
Illuminated entry system
DSSS-based drive assist (Note 13)
Wrong-way driving alert
Stop sign information (Note 14)
Eco drive information
Resin panoramic roof
(with a switch-operated electric roll shade
linked to door locks) (Note 15)
G-Book mX/mX Pro (Note 16) ○△
Source: Toyota New Model Press Release, Toyota Brand On-Line Catalog of mid-February 2012
(Notes) 1. "86" is a compact rear-wheel drive car, named after the legendary compact FR sports car "86" (pronounced 'hachi-roku' in Japan), powered by a horizontally-opposed engine and features a low center of gravity rear-wheel drive package. Co-developed with Fuji Heavy Industries.
2. Prius PHV combines the best characteristics of EV and HV. The car has its original PHV features in addition to the superior aerodynamic performance and basic equipment of the Prius.
3. Aqua is a compact-class hybrid. A compact, lightweight and high-efficiency hybrid system is installed in the five-door hatchback achieving 35.4km/L fuel efficiency in JC08 test cycle. The starting price is 1,690,000 yen.
4. Camry is a high-end sedan and the flagship model at Toyota Corolla dealers. With the latest full-remodeling, Camry's lineup in Japan has become entirely hybridized. The car has 23.4km/L fuel efficiency (JC08 test cycle) and its dynamic performance is equal to that of the cars powered by a 3-liter gasoline engine.
5. Prius α is the wagon version of the Prius hybrid. Five-seat two-row and seven-seat three-row models are available.
6. The aero-stabilizing fin is a small fin located at the door mirror mount and the rear combination lamp side, and incorporates Formula One racing technology known as "vortex generator" (eddy generator). By causing a normally unwanted eddy in the air current, the fin pushes the body down at both sides with the downward force to give extra cruising stability.
7. The exhaust heat recovery system uses the engine's exhaust heat to heat the cooling water and warm up the engine faster. A faster warm-up reduces the idling time of the cold engine and improves actual fuel efficiency in the cold season.
8. The proximity-alarm automatically generates a simulated motor sound when the car is running at speeds up to approximately 25km/h, or when backing, to warn pedestrians of the approaching vehicle. The system can be turned on and off with a switch.
9. The intelligent parking assist (with parking space recognition capability and backing guide monitor) assists steering maneuver during garage parking or parallel parking. An ultrasonic sensor is used to detect the parking space and voice guidance is given to tell the backup start position. The system also detects the parking lot lines and corrects the final parking position as needed. The parking position in a specific garage can be set easily for future reference.
10. The mode switch lets the driver select the EV/HV mode, eco drive mode (moderate driving force from the accelerator and suppress the room heating or cooling so as to increase fuel efficiency), power mode (sharper response to the accelerator for more agile driving enjoyment) etc.
11. The automatic air conditioning with an electric inverter compressor, run by the electric motor, keeps the air conditioner running even when the engine is off.
12. The Touch Tracer Display automatically displays on the center meter which steering wheel-mounted switch is being operated by the driver without taking his/her eyes off the road. This contributes to enhanced comfort and safety.
13. The DSSS (Driving Safety Support System being promoted by Japan's National Police Agency) uses traffic information (signals, road signs, vehicle detection, etc.) received from roadside infrared beacons (installed at 15 locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa as of July 2011) in combination with vehicle-based data such as accelerator operation, distance to an intersection and speed to assess the risk of a rear-end or head-on collision. It also warns the driver of missed stop signs or red lights with visual and audio alerts.
14. The provision of stop sign information (working with the optional HDD navigation system) provides audio and visual alerts about a stop sign ahead. If the vehicle approaches the sign without slowing down, the system warns the driver audibly.
15. The first resin panoramic roof adopted by a Japanese automaker and that has the world-largest area (as of May 2011) is 40% lighter than a glass equivalent and contributes to greater steering stability. It also has superior heat insulating properties.
16. G-Book is a telematics subscription service provided by Toyota. By linking a cell phone with a network via G-Book mX, the user can update its navigation maps, search routes (the system gathers real-time road conditions from other vehicles that subscribe to G-Book mX service and return the best route under the prevailing conditions), talk to the operator (to have the navigation destination set by or information sent from the operator), or connect to Help Net (requesting an emergency vehicle in the event of an accident or in need of medical attention). With G-Book mX Pro using a dedicated communication, the user can do all above and, in addition, receive G-Security service (the user is notified by mail or phone call when an auto theft alarm is issued, have the stolen vehicle tracked, and security authorities sent as needed).


Standard PHV-unique features on Prius PHV
Charging cable  A 5m long cable for 200VAC charger (changeable with a 100VAC cable) is standard on all vehicles.
Push-open charging lid  An easy-to-use push-open type lid has LED light for night-time charging and an indicator that tells when charging has completed.
Control unit  Attached to the charging cable to detect electric leak.
Timer  The user can set the charge start time or use discounted night-time utility.
Personalized setting  The driver can use audio entertainment, cooling, heated seat etc., while the battery is being recharged.
air conditioning
 While the battery is being charged or the remaining voltage allows, the user can start cooling well before entering the vehicle using the remote control.
PHV Drive Support  A package of five services is offered free of charge for three years for the user to be notified on its smartphone of the remaining voltage level or the nearest charging station, use charging stations at any of the Toyota dealerships free of charge etc.



Toyota: Active rear-wheel steering and low/high-beam LED headlamps available on Lexus GS

 Active rear-wheel steering, available on some of Lexus GS models by Toyota, provides integrated steering control not only of the front wheels but of the rear wheels as well. The available drive assist features include a pre-crash safety system with a driver monitoring capability that warns the driver of the risk of collision when the driver is not looking where the car is going.

 Features addressing enhanced visibility include the headlamps with LED low/high beams. Optional features include the Automatic High Beam System that switches between high- and low-beams as appropriate.

 Features that are available on the GS hybrid models include the grille shutter intended for increased fuel efficiency. The shutter opens or closes according to the vehicle speed to control airflow into the engine room. The bamboo steering wheel made of natural bamboo is used to add to the car's driving comfort.

Toyota: Main features on new Lexus-brand models released for sale in Japan in January 2012

◎ Standard on all grades, ○ Standard on some grades, △ Optional
450h 350/250
VDIM (with active rear-wheel steering coordinated control) (Note 2)
Variable gear ratio steering
Collision safety Dual stage knee and side airbags for front seats
Curtain shied airbags for front and rear seats
Side airbags for rear seats ○△ ○△
parking assist
Grille shutter (Note 3)
Backing guide monitor
Clearance sonar
Pre-crash safety system (millimeter wave radar)
Pre-crash safety system with a driver monitor (Note 4)
Night View (with pedestrian detection) (Note 5)
Emergency brake signal
Drive Mode Select (Note 6)
Radar cruise control (with all-speed tracking capability)
Lane keeping assist
Visibility LED headlamp (low/high-beam) (Note 7)
Intelligent AFS/automatic light system
Automatic High Beam (Note 8)
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Seat 10-way adjustable power seat for front seats (with driver's position memory)
16-way adjustable seat for driver (with driver's position memory)
and 10-way adjustable power seat for front seat occupant
18-way adjustable power seat for front seats (with position sensor)
Comfort Right/left or 3-zone independent temperature controllable automatic air conditioner
Nanoe/emissions detection and automatic inner/fresh air switchover capability
Bamboo + leather steering wheel (Note 9) ○△
Steering wheel heater
Convenience 12.3-inch high-definition display (Note 10)
Head-up display
Remote touch control
ITS spot-based DSRC unit (Note 11)
Power easy-access system (driver seat automatic slide away & return memory)
Telematics service G-Link (with 3-year free of charge)(Note 12)
Source: Toyota New Model Press Release, Lexus Brand On-Line Catalog of mid-February 2012
(Notes) 1. GS450h/350 models are fully remodeled and GS250 is new. Both are characterized by the distinguished Lexus design, superior driving performances, and advanced and environmental technologies built around the hybrid systems.
2. The active rear-wheel steering system provides integrated control over the ESC and electric steering and steers not only the front wheels but the rear wheels as well. When steering at low speeds, the rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction from the front wheels to minimize the turning radius for easier maneuvering. For lane change at high speeds, both the rear and the front wheels are steered in the same direction to increase the vehicle's driving stability.
3. The grille shutter is located behind the lower grille and opens or shuts according to the vehicle speed to regulate airflow into the engine room and minimize air drag. It also opens or shuts according to the fresh air temperature or air conditioning load to increase the actual fuel efficiency.
4. The pre-crash safety system with a driver monitoring uses a camera mounted on the steering column to monitor the driver's face. When the face is not looking forward or eyes are closed over a certain period, and a risk of collision with another car ahead is likely, the system gives an audible alert earlier than normal. When the collision is impending, the system applies warning brake to physically warn the driver.
5. Night View (with pedestrian detection) has a near-infrared camera to see the view ahead of the vehicle and displays the image on a 12.3-inch wide display or a head-up display. It reveals images that are otherwise hard to see at night and helps the driver recognize the road conditions and pedestrians and other objects. When it detects a pedestrian within 40 to 100m range ahead, it will show a yellow square around the pedestrian and the image to alert the driver.
6. The Drive Mode Select allows the driver to select one of the four modes (NORMAL, ECO, SPORT S, SPORT S+) (or three modes other than SPORT S+ on some grades) to suit his/her preferences for acceleration feel, steering response, and the color of the meter displays and interior illumination. The SPORT S/S+ modes maximize output characteristics of the powertrain while the S+ mode adds sports control of the chassis.
7. The LED headlamp (low/high-beam) is Toyota's first headlamp that uses LED in both low- and high-beams. The LED projector unit that enhances distant visibility and the LED parabolic reflector that enhances foreground visibility are combined to provide illumination of superior directivity.
8. The Automatic High Beam automatically switches from low to high beams at night when high-beam driving is judged to be appropriate depending on the road conditions. This assists the driver with better frontal visibility. When the system detects another car ahead or approaching in the opposite lane, or street lights, it automatically switches back from high to low beams.
9. The bamboo + leather steering wheel uses natural bamboo from Kochi Prefecture. It is combined with the bamboo-made trims in the dashboard and consoles to create a warm and relaxing interior environment.
10. The 12.3-inch high-definition display, used as the navigation display, is the largest among volume production cars (Toyota survey as of December 2011). Two screens are shown at all times to offer a broad range of high-definition contents that include maps, vehicle information, TV programs and DVD entertainment.
11. The ITS spot-based onboard DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) unit, linked to the next-generation road and vehicle coordination system being promoted by the Japanese government, communicates with the roadside infrastructure to provide traffic services mainly on expressways. It gives real-time traffic information to the driver about congestions around the curve, stopped vehicles ahead, other vehicles merging from behind, general traffic conditions ahead etc.
12. G-Link is a telematics subscription service on Lexus. Services include "Lexus Emergency Support 24" for accidents and vehicle malfunction, "Help Net" that supports emergency communication in the event of accidents or need for medical attention, "G Route Search and Congestion Forecast" that collects VICS-based real-time information about the latest road information, past statistical data and real-time driving information from other users and predicts the prevailing road conditions, and "Map On Demand" that provides automatic downloading of the latest maps.



Honda: Advanced driving performance enhancing systems on CR-V, start-stop system on N BOX

 Honda has made available the Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) that supports correct steering maneuvers on slippery road surfaces, and a new real-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) that reduces time lag when switching to 4WD, as driving performance enhancing systems on the CR-V SUV. A full-flat under-cover that improves aerodynamic performance has been made available on the Fit Shuttle. The start-stop system is a standard feature on the new mini vehicle, N BOX.

 As for visibility enhancing systems, the side view support mirror, wide-angle door mirror and rear-view support mirror are standard features on N BOX that reduce the blind spots to assist the driver in parking maneuvers. The prism under-mirror that reveals the blind spots in the left side of the vehicle is a standard feature on the N BOX and the CR-V.

 As for convenience enhancing systems, the reversible floor board and a large luggage under-box available on the Fit Shuttle permits the luggage space to be used in many different ways.

Honda: Main features on new models released for sale in Japan from June to December 2011

◎ Standard on all grades, ○ Standard on some grades, △ Optional
N BOX CR-V Fit Shuttle
Dec. 2011 Dec. 2011 Jun. 2011
fuel efficiency)
VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist; Honda term for ESC)
New Real Time AWD (Note 4)
Motion Adaptive EPS (Note 5)
Full-flat under-cover (Note 6)
Start-stop system
Collision safety Driver seat i-SRS airbag system (continuously variable volume type)
Front seat i-side airbag (with front passenger's position detection),
Side curtain airbags for front and rear seats
Neck injury mitigating seat (front seats)
parking assist
Hill-start assist control
Back monitor
Rear-view camera
Visibility Discharge headlight (HID) (low-beam, with auto light)
Comfort View Package (hydrophilic heated door mirror +
heated windshield + repellent front door glass) (Note 7)
Hydrophilic heated door mirror + repellent front door glass
Electrically retractable remote-control door mirror
Parking Assist Mirrors (side view support mirror +
wide-angle door mirror + rear-view assist mirror) (Note 8)
Prism under-mirror (Note 9)
Seat 8-way adjustable power seat for driver
Seat heaters for front seats
Comfort Right/left independent temperature controllable
fully automatic air conditioner
Allergy-free high-performance deodorant filter
Convenience Eco-assist
Coaching illumination
ECON switch (Note 10)
Reversible floor board, large-size luggage room under-box
(Note 11)
InterNavi + Linkup Free (Note 12) ○△
Source: Honda New Model Press Release, Honda On-Line Catalog of mid-February 2012
(Notes) 1. N BOX is Honda's new mini-vehicle model built upon a newly-designed platform and a newly-developed powertrain. Combined with the center tank layout, the car has one of the largest interior spaces among mini vehicles along with high fuel efficiency and driving performance.
2. CR-V is Honda's fourth-generation SUV with superior driving performance and functionality that belong to passenger cars. Over 5 million units have been sold worldwide as of the end of September 2011. The fourth-generation CR-V has higher fuel economy and ride comfort, together with a roomier interior and cargo area which contribute to a significant increase in the ease of use.
3. Fit Shuttle is a Fit-based wagon style car with a compact body. Yet, the car offers a large luggage space thanks to the center tank layout, superior fuel economy and ride comfort, and comfortable and quiet ride. A hybrid version is also available.
4. The new Real Time AWD transmits drive force to the rear wheels by engaging the clutch using motor-generated hydraulic pressure rather than by a dual pump system as in earlier models. The new system transmits drive force instantly to the rear wheels even when the difference of rotation speed between the front and rear wheels is very small. This reduces time lag in switching to four-wheel drive mode.
5. Motion Adaptive EPS provides a coordinated control with VSA to stabilize the vehicle when cornering on slippery road surfaces. The system reduces the steering effort in the correct direction and increases it in the opposite direction to support the driver to steer in the correct direction.
6. The full-flat under-cover is an aerodynamic part that covers the bottom of the vehicle body. By making the bottom as flat as possible, it streamlines the airflow under the vehicle running at high speed to reduce air drag and increase fuel economy and driving stability.
7. The Comfort View Package is intended for pleasant driving in rainy or cold weather. The hydrophilic heated door mirror removes fog and raindrops to maintain clear mirror surface. The heated windshield keeps the wiper rubber from freezing while the repellent front door glass repels water and maintains clear exterior views in both sides.
8. The Parking Assist Mirrors are intended to reduce blind spots and help the driver park the car in a tight space.
* The side view support mirror is located to the front-left of the front passenger. Split into two mirrors to support parking by the road shoulder. The upper mirror is coupled with the mirror located behind the door mirror and shows the front view to the left front wheel that is hard to see for the driver and helps the driver check if the tires are facing straight ahead. The lower mirror shows the area below the front passenger's door that is also hard for the driver to see.
* The wide-angle door mirror gives an extended view of the areas below the right and left door mirrors including areas near the rear wheels.
* The rear-view assist mirror is a curved mirror located under the high-mount lamp in the vehicle and shows a wide rear-view of the area below the vehicle otherwise hard to see.
9. The prism under-mirror is an integral part located under the front passenger's side door mirror and reveals the otherwise blind spots in the left side of the vehicle. The transparent plastic prism has a compound curvature and provides approximately twice the field of view compared to the conventional convex mirror.
10. Pressing the ECON switch ON puts the car in ECON mode that automatically controls the vehicle with priority on the fuel efficiency with a moderate engine response to the accelerator pedal effort and the air conditioner in the power saving mode. The driver may opt for priority on cabin comfort by turning the switch OFF.
11. Reversible floor board covers the luggage room which stores a large-size luggage room under-box. The reversible floor board has a scuff-resistant "carpet" surface and a stain-resistant "wipable" surface. The foldable board changes the luggage space to meet the need.
12. InterNavi + Linkup Free is Honda's telematics system service offered free of charge to its users (using a special communication device). It gathers driving data automatically from the service users' vehicles to establish congestion forecasts, least fuel consuming routes, disaster preventive information etc. and provides the up-to-date information for drivers on the road.



Mazda/Fuji Heavy: Advanced preventive safety systems on Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Impreza

 The start-stop system that contributes to enhanced fuel efficiency is a standard feature on Mazda CX-5. Mazda has adopted the floor under-cover and the engine under-cover addressing enhanced aerodynamic performance. Drive assist features on Mazda vehicles include the pre-crash brake, AT unintended start suppression, lane change assist system and other advanced preventive safety equipment.

 Fuji Heavy Industries adopted the full-floor under-cover and the engine under-cover addressing enhanced aerodynamic performance on the BRZ, a sister model to Toyota's 86. The Impreza features the start-stop system that contributes to enhanced fuel efficiency, pre-crash brake, AT unintended start suppression, a prompt telling the driver that the car in front has started, and other preventive safety equipment.

Mazda/Fuji Heavy: Main features on new models released for sale in Japan from December 2011 to March 2012

◎ Standard on all grades, ○ Standard on some grades, △ Optional
Mazda Subaru
CX-5 BRZ Impreza
Feb. 2012 Mar. 2012 Dec. 2011
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called DSC by Mazda, VDC by Fuji Heavy)
Torque-sensing LSD (Limited Slip Differential) ○△
Viscous LSD center differential type AWD
Active torque split AWD
Tire pressure warning system
Start-stop system
Floor under-cover
Engine under-cover
Shift-up indicator
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats and curtain airbags
Neck injury mitigating front seats, brake pedal
with kicking-back suppression mechanism
parking assist
Rear-view camera
Hill-start assist control
Cruise control (with all-speed tracking function)
Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) (Note 4) ○△
Pre-crash brake, pre-crash brake assist (Note 5)
AT unintended start suppression system (Note 6) ○△
Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) system (Note 7) ○△
Wobble alert, lane departure alert, start-now prompt (Note 8)
VDC sports mode switch
Emergency signal system
Visibility Discharge headlamp ○△
Adaptive front lighting system ○△
Automatic light system ○△
Electrically retractable remote-control door mirror
Door mirror with turn indicator (Note 9)
Heated door mirror ○△
Windshield wiper deicer, repellent windshield ○△
Rear window defogger
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
(with side monitor and backing guide monitor display)
Rain-sensing automatic wiper ○△
Seat 10-way power seat for driver
8-way power seat for driver ○△
Front seat heater
Comfort Pollen removal filter
Independently controllable fully automatic
air conditioner for front seats
Convenience i-DM (Intelligent Drive Master) (Note 10)
Integrated tonneau cover (Note 11) ○△
Source: Mazda and Fuji Heavy's New Model Press Release, On-Line Catalog of mid-February 2012
(Notes) 1. Mazda CX-5 is an all-new crossover SUV model with Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV technology enhancing the gasoline/diesel engines, transmission, body and chassis to offer superior driving experience along with excellent fuel efficiency.
2. Subaru BRZ is a new sports car model co-developed with Toyota. The low-positioned horizontally-opposed engine realizes superior drivability.
3. Subaru Impreza is the fourth-generation stylish, sporty and refined compact car. The five-door hatchback is called Impreza Sport, and the four-door sedan the Impreza G4.
4. Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) uses a sensor fitted to the windshield to detect other vehicles ahead when running at low speeds from approximately 4 to 30km/h and, in the event of a high risk of collision, automatically applies brakes. When the driver presses the brake pedal, it instantly applies a strong braking force. If the car keeps running without braking, the system automatically applies brakes to avoid a collision or reduce damage due to a collision.
5. The pre-crash brake system uses a stereo camera to constantly monitor the front view: (1) In the event of a risk of collision, the system gives an audio and visual alert to the driver; (2) if the alerts are neglected, the system applies a slight braking to alert the driver again; (3) if the driver fails to take risk avoiding action, the system automatically applies a stronger braking force. If the difference in speed from the object is less than 30km/h, the system will either avoid a collision or reduce damage. The system works the same with pedestrians and bicycles as well.
6. The AT unintended start suppression system is activated when the accelerator pedal is floored when a frontal object is detected while the car is running at low speed or is stopped. The system gives an audio and visual alert to the driver and, at the same time, lowers the engine power to suppress sharp start. It helps to prevent accidents due to sudden start in parking areas caused by pressing the wrong pedal.
7. The Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) system uses radar to detect another car approaching from behind in another lane while the car is running at speeds over 30km/h or so. When such a vehicle is detected, the system activates the indicator lamp fitted to the mirror surface of the door mirror in the side where the approaching car is detected. If the driver activates the turning signal intending a lane change, the system alerts the driver with the blinking indicator and a buzzer prompting the stopping of a lane change attempt.
8. The "start-now prompt" is an audio and visual alert for the driver who fails to start after another car in front has started and travelled 3 meters or so.
9. The turn indicator, located within the door mirror, blinks when the side turn signal is activated to help the driver check the signal from inside the car.
10. The i-DM (Intelligent Drive Master) helps improve the driver's technique and fuel efficiency-conscious driving. The system detects the driver's accelerator, brake and steering operations and change in the vehicle speed, and gives a real-time display of the result in the instrument panel. At the end of the driving, the system displays the score, advice for improvement and the driver's level of driving skill.
11. The integrated tonneau cover opens and closes in coordination with the rear gate movement. This frees the driver from winding the cover every time something needs to be brought in or out. The cover itself can be removed and stowed away in the trunk box under the luggage room.



Suzuki/Daihatsu: Pre-stop start-stop system on Suzuki Alto Eco and Daihatsu Mira e:S

 The ESC is a standard driving performance enhancing system on Suzuki's Swift Sport. The dual exhaust pipe addressing aerodynamic performance is another standard feature on the car. The start-stop system addressing fuel efficiency, standard on the Alto Eco, stops the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 9km/h.

 The ESC is a standard feature on some Daihatsu's Mira e:S model. Another standard feature, the start-stop system, stops the engine when the vehicle speed falls to 7km/h. The Eco Drive Assist Light and Eco Drive Assist Display, available on the Mira e:S, are intended to assist the driver in fuel-efficient driving.

Suzuki/Daihatsu: Main features on new models released for sale in Japan from September to December 2011

◎ Standard on all grades, ○ Standard on some grades, △ Optional
Suzuki Daihatsu
Swift Sport Alto Eco Mira e:S
Dec. 2011 Dec. 2011 Sep. 2011
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called ESP by Suzuki, VSC by Daihatsu)
ABS + EBD + Brake assist
Dual exhaust pipe (Note 4)
Start-stop system (Note 5)
Collision safety Front seat SRS side airbags
Brake pedal with kicking-back suppression mechanism
Neck injury mitigating front seat
Driving assist Hill hold control
Visibility Discharge headlamp, automatic light
Rear combination lamp, high-mount stop lamp (LED)
LED side turn lamp
Electrically retractable remote-control door mirror
Heated door mirror
Automatically retractable door mirror (linked with key-free entry)
Reverse-linked rear wiper ○△
Convenience Eco drive indicator
Eco Drive Assist Light (Note 6)
Eco Drive Assist Display (Note 7)
Source: Suzuki/Daihatsu New Model Press Release, On-Line Catalog of mid-February 2012
(Notes) 1. The Swift Sport is the third-generation compact sport model by Suzuki, based on the new Swift released for sale in September 2010 after significant improvement of basic performances. Only a five-door type is available in Japan, and only a three-door type available in Europe.
2. The Alto Eco, based on the Alto mini vehicle, is a new Alto model that has all of Suzuki's fuel economy enhancing technologies resulting in 30.2km/L in JC08 test mode. Powered by a new-generation engine along with powertrain of low friction resistance that improves fuel efficiency. The starting price is 895,000 yen.
3. The Daihatsu Mira e:S is a new type of mini vehicle developed as an eco-car for all. The new engine with enhanced combustion efficiency together with a reduced vehicle weight realized 30km/L fuel efficiency in JC08 test mode and a starting price of 795,000 yen.
4. The dual exhaust pipe has eliminated the under-floor catalytic converter which, in turn, reduces the airflow resistance. The use of a large-sized sub-muffler contributes to higher power output and more sporty sound.
5-1. The start-stop system on the Suzuki Alto Eco automatically stops the engine when the vehicle is travelling with the shift lever in "D" position and decelerates to 9km/h or slower after braking. It restarts the engine instantly as soon as the brake pedal is released. The "Start-stop lamp" goes on when the system becomes ready while the car is running. The driver may press the "Start-stop OFF" switch to turn off the system.
5-2. The start-stop system "ecoIDLE" on the Daihatsu Mira e:S automatically stops the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 7km/h or slower and restarts the engine instantly as soon as the brake pedal is released. The "ecoIDLE" indicator lights up green when the system becomes ready at 10km/h or faster. The driver may press the "ecoIDLE OFF" switch to turn off the system.
6. The color of the Eco Drive Assist light changes in real time from blue to green as the car gets more fuel efficient. The driver can learn eco-driving technique by maintaining the green light on the meter.
7. The Eco Drive Assist Display displays the cruising range with the current fuel tank level and fresh air temperature. It also indicates energy regeneration (electric power generation) when the car is decelerating, and the cumulative start-stop time and the amount of gasoline saved when the start-stop system is active.

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