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

Volvo V40 features world's first pedestrian protection airbag

2012/10/24

Summary

 The following report summarizes the availability of major equipment used in new passenger cars that PSA, Renault, GM, Ford, and Volvo launched in Europe in and after the summer of 2011. Eight models are reported - one each by Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Opel/Vauxhall, Chevrolet, and Volvo, and two by Ford (including a pickup truck).

 In driving stability equipment, Torque vectoring is becoming increasingly available; it applies a brake to the inside wheels when cornering and transmits higher torque to the outside wheels in order to minimize understeer. A start/stop system, improving fuel efficiency, is available to most of the brands.

 In visibility systems, High Beam assist, which automatically adjusts headlights from high-beam to dipped beam, is becoming increasingly available. Among the collision safety systems increasing in availability is the driver's knee airbag. In addition, in Europe, the improvement of pedestrian protection is required: pedestrian protection is emphasized in the collision safety test of Euro NCAP. Volvo has featured the world's first pedestrian airbag in its compact hatchback - the V40.

 Within driving and parking assist systems, more models have adopted active safety systems, including a lane departure warning system and a collision mitigation brake system. In this field, Volvo V40 also features a pedestrian detection system with an automatic brake to protect pedestrians.

 Equipment addressing greater comfort and convenience that have been used on more models include Automatic dual-zone air conditioning, which automatically controls the climate separately for the driver seat and the passenger seat. In addition, the integrative functions of the in-vehicle infortainment system and a smart phone are becoming more available.

Citroen DS5
Citroen's premium model: DS5

Volvo V40
Volvo V40 that features world's first pedestrian airbag
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Equipment on new European models (1): Daimler, BMW, and Volkswagen (October 2012)
Fetures on new US models (June 2012)
Features on new Japanese models (March 2012)
Features on new Hyndai/Kia vehicles (September 2012)

Advanced systems introduced by PSA, Renault, GM, Ford, and Volvo

(Models launched in Europe in and after the summer of 2011)
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Torque vectoring Volvo V40, Ford B-Max
Start/stop system Renault Clio, Opel Mokka, Chevrolet Aveo,
Ford B-Max, Volvo V40
Visibility High beam assist Citroen DS5, Opel Mokka, Volvo V40
Collision safety Driver's knee airbag Ford Ranger, Ford B-Max, Volvo V40
Pedestrian airbag technology Volvo V40
Driving/parking
assist
Lane departure warning system Citroen DS5, Opel Mokka, Volvo V40
Collision mitigation brake system Ford B-Max, Volvo V40
Pedestrian detection system (with full automatic brake) Volvo V40
Comfort &
convenience
Automatic dual-zone air conditioning Peugeot 208, Citroen DS5, Opel Mokka,
Ford Ranger, Volvo V40
Integration of infortainment system
and smart phone
Chevrolet Aveo, Ford B-Max, Volvo V40


PSA: features the four selectable driving modes and lane departure warning system in its premium model - Citroen DS5

 PSA features systems that address greater comfort and convenience including Parking assist, which automatically steers the vehicle when parallel parking, and Heated front seats in the 208, which is a successor of Peugeot's top-seller, the 207. The four selectable driving modes, which allow the driver to choose driving modes depending on the driving conditions, and Lane departure warning system (active safety system) are available to the hybrid version of Citroen's premium model - the DS5.

 

PSA: Main features on Peugeot/Citroen cars

Models introduced in Europe in and after the summer of 2011
◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on certain grades, △=Optional
Peugeot
208
Citroen
DS5
Mar. 2012 Jan. 2012
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Intelligent traction control, Tyre pressure monitor
Gear shift indicator
Four selectable driving modes (1 in Table below)
Visibility Auto headlights
Smartbeam headlights (2)
Xenon dual-function directional headlamps ○△
Cornering assist fog lights, LED daytime running lights
Electrochrome/auto-dimming rear view mirror
Automatic rain-sensitive windscreen wipers
Automatic rear wiper (when reverse gear is engaged)
Collision safety Driver and passenger airbag with
passenger airbag deactivation switch
Front side airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags
Automatic hazard light activation
Driving/parking
assist
Rear parking sensors ○△
Front parking sensors, Reversing camera ○△
Parking assist △(Note 3)
Automatic electric parking brake
Hill assist
Lane departure warning system (3)
Speed limiter
Cruise control
Comfort &
convenience
Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
Heated front seats ○△
Multifunction colour touch screen (7" touch screen)
Navigation upgrade
Colour head-up display ○△
Cockpit roof with toggle switches (4)
Bluetooth
WIFI ON BOARD
Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance (telematics system)
Citroen eTouch Emergency and Assistance (telematics system)
eMyWay (5) ○△
Source: Peugeot/Citroen On-Line Catalog (UK) as of early October 2012
1. Peugeot 208 is the successor of the 207, which is Peugeot's top-seller, and is the core model in the B segment. 3-door and 5-door hatchback versions are available. The new model is 7cm shorter than the 207, but the legroom of the rear seat is 5cm longer. The new model is 110kg lighter in vehicle weight.
2. Citroen DS5 is the third model of the "DS", Citroen's premium model series. The DS5 is a midsize crossover. The model uses the platform of the C4 by widening the wheelbase. A diesel-hybrid version is also available.
3. PSA plans to feature Parking Assist in Peugeot 208 starting at the end of 2012.

 

PSA: Major advanced features
(1)
Four selectable
driving modes
 The four selectable driving modes system allows the driver to choose the appropriate driving mode from the four modes depending on the driving conditions. This system is used in the hybrid version of the Citroen DS5. "Auto" switches between diesel and EV mode to optimize fuel efficiency. "ZEV" uses the motor alone up to 37 mph. "4WD" powers the front wheels with the engine and the rear wheels with the motor to maximize the traction. "Sport" uses the engine and the motor to make quick responses possible.
(2)
Smartbeam
headlights
 Smartbeam headlights constantly monitor the amount of surrounding light with a camera and automatically turn on and off the high-beams as necessary.
(3)
Lane departure
warning system
 Lane departure warning system constantly monitors the lane markings with a rear-mirror-mounted camera. When the vehicle is running at 50 mph or faster and is likely to cross a lane marking without a turn signal, the system vibrates the driver seat (on the side corresponding to the lane departure) to alert the driver.
(4)
Cockpit roof
with toggle switches
 Cockpit roof with toggle switches is a roof-mounted control panel designed with the image of an airplane. Various switches are collectively located on this roof and the center console.
(5)
eMyWay
 eMyWay is Citroen's infortainment system. The system comprises a 7-inch high-definition screen, navigation system, display of speed limits (the system warns the driver with a blinking red light when the vehicle is running over the speed limit), audio system, Bluetooth hands-free telephone system, and reversing camera. The system also provides real-time traffic information.

 

 



Renault: features a start/stop system and a multi-media system in the Clio compact car

 Renault features a start/stop system that improves fuel efficiency and Renault R-Link, a multi-media system that connects the vehicle with the world outside in the Clio compact hatchback. Renault also adopted BASS REFLEX system to improve the volume and reproduction quality of the bass from the audio speaker.

 

Renault: Main features on Renault cars

Models introduced in Europe in and after the summer of 2011
◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on certain grades, △=Optional
Clio
Oct. 2012
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Button-activated ECO mode
Driving style indicator, Gear shift indicator
Stop&Start
Visibility LED daytime running lights
Rain and light sensors
Collision safety Frontal airbags, Lateral head and thorax airbags
Anti-whiplash head rests
Driving/parking
assist
Rear parking sensors ○△
Hill start assist, Cruise control with speed limiter
Comfort &
convenience
Renault BASS REFLEX system (1 in Table below)
MEDIA NAV
Renault R-Link (2)

Source: Renault Press Kit 2012 Paris Motor Show
(Note) The Clio is the fourth-generation 5-door hatchback model. It introduced the design motive of the DeZir, an EV sports concept car announced in the fall of 2010. It is the first production model that introduced Renault's new design language.

 

Renault: Major advanced features
(1)
Renault BASS
REFLEX system
 Renault BASS REFLEX system enhances the bass from the audio speaker; it uses the world's first vent (duct) for the in-vehicle system. A vented loudspeaker is integrated in the front door and its tailpipe-shaped vent significantly reduces air turbulence. The system reproduces the volume and level of listening comfort of a 30-liter home speaker.
(2)
Renault R-Link
 Renault R-Link is a multi-media system to connect the vehicle with the world outside. With a 7-inch touch screen/steering switch/voice control, the driver can operate a navigation system, radio, Bluetooth hands-free telephone, and an audio system. Renault R-Link is linked with the electronic-control system of the vehicle; it provides functions including Driving eco2, which collects the driving-related vehicle data and provides the driver with eco-driving advice. Renault R-Link is also linked with the outside network and permits access to real-time traffic information, the optimum route search and R-Link Store which offers applications for motoring use.

 

 



GM Europe: features active safety system including lane-departure warning system in Opel Mokka

 GM features Advanced adaptive forward lighting, which automatically chooses the optimum light distribution from the eight types of light distribution depending on the driving environment, and three active safety systems that utilize a front camera in Opel/Vauxhall Mokka compact SUV. GM adopts Chevrolet MyLink, an infortainment system that is linked with a smart phone, in the Chevrolet Aveo compact car. A start/stop system is also available to the two models.

 

GM Europe: Main features on Opel/Vauxhall cars

Models introduced in Europe in and after the summer of 2011
◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on certain grades, △=Optional
Opel/
Vauxhall
Mokka
Chevrolet
Aveo
End of 2012 Summer 2011
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Intelligent four-wheel drive
Start/stop
Visibility Advanced adaptive forward lighting (1 in Table below)
Bi-xenon headlights with dynamic beam levelling
Automatic lighting control
High beam assist
Electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
Collision safety Driver's and front passenger's airbags
Front seat side-impact airbags, Full-size curtain airbags
Driving/parking
assist
Front and rear parking distance sensors
Rear parking distance sensor
Rearview camera
Hill start assist
Descent control system, Cruise control
Cruise control with speed limiter
Forward collision alert/Traffic sign recognition/
Lane departure warning (2)
Comfort &
convenience
Dual-zone electronic climate control
Flex-Fix bike carrier system (3)
Heated front seats, Heated steering wheel
Bluetooth
Satellite navigation
Chevrolet MyLink (4)
Source: Opel/Vauxhall/Chevrolet On-Line Catalog (UK) as of early October 2012
1. Opel/Vauxhall Mokka is a 5-seat compact crossover SUV in the B-segment. It is a sister model of the Buick Encore.
2. Chevrolet Aveo is Chevrolet's third-generation global compact car. A 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan are available. The new model is one-size longer and wider than the former model; it has a wide space and sporty styling, which would appeal to younger customers and families.

 

GM Europe: Major advanced features
(1)
Advanced adaptive
forward lighting
 Advanced adaptive forward lighting detects surrounding light, weather, cruising speed, and steering angle with multiple built-in sensors and chooses the optimum light distribution from the following eight types of light distribution with different light intensity and range. (1) Pedestrian area light (up to 20 mph), (2) Town light (20-35 mph), (3) Country road light (35-70 mph), (4) Motorway light (over 70 mph), (5) Adverse weather light (up to 45 mph), (6) High beam with assist (over 25 mph), (7) Dynamic curve light (all speeds), and (8) Static cornering light (up to 25 mph, vehicle in reverse).
(2)
Front camera
system
 Front camera system provides three functions with a room-mirror-mounted front camera. Forward Collision Alert is activated when the vehicle is running at 25 mph or faster; when the vehicle is approaching rapidly a vehicle running ahead at a low speed, the system warns the driver with a sound and warning sign. Traffic Sign Recognition recognizes speed signs and warns the driver if the vehicle is running over the speed limit. Lane Departure Warning recognizes the lane markings and sounds an alert when the vehicle departs the lane without a turn signal.
(3)
Flex-Fix bike
carrier system
 Flex-Fix bike carrier system is a sliding carrier system that is slid out of the rear bumper. The system can carry three bicycles. Even when the bicycles are on, the tailgate can be opened by tilting the system slightly forward.
(4)
Chevrolet MyLink
 Chevrolet MyLink is GM's new-generation infortainment system, which is featured in the Aveo starting in the summer of 2012. Chevrolet MyLink can be operated in multiple ways including voice command, 7-inch high-definition touch screen, and steering wheel-mounted controls. It is also linked with a smart phone and can access to an address book, music files, and video data stored in the smart phone through the touch screen.

 

 



Ford Europe: features Torque vectoring control and collision mitigation brake system in the B-Max

 Ford features Load adaptive control, which adapts the performance of ESC depending on the types of cargo, and Trailer sway control in the Ranger small pickup truck. Ford also features Torque vectoring control, which applies a brake to the inside wheels when cornering and transmits higher torque to the outside wheels in order to improve running stability, and Active City Stop, which automatically brakes the vehicle to mitigate damage from collisions, in the B-Max compact MPV.

 

Ford Europe: Main features on Ford cars

Models introduced in Europe in and after the summer of 2011
◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on certain grades, △=Optional
Ranger B-Max
Nov. 2011 Sep. 2012
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Electronic 4-wheel-drive shift 'on-the-fly' (shift with a turn of a switch)
Torque vectoring control
Smart regenerative charging, Auto-start-stop system
Shift indicator
Ford Eco Mode (driver information system)(1 in Table below)
Visibility Automatic headlights
LED day running lights
Front fog lights
Rain sensing wipers, Heated windscreen, Electrochromatic rear view mirror
Collision safety Driver and passenger airbags with Passenger airbag deactivation switch
Side airbags, Side air-curtains, Inflatable driver's knee bolster
Emergency brake assist
Emergency brake warning
Driving/parking
assist
Rear parking distance sensors, Reverse camera
Front parking distance sensors
Cruise control
Hill start assist
Hill descent control, Roll-over mitigation
Load adaptive control (2)
Trailer sway control (3)
Active City Stop (4)
Comfort &
convenience
Air conditioning -dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
Heated front seats
Ford Easy Access Door System (5)
Bluetooth with voice control
Satellite navigation
Integrated tow bar
Roller shutter (6)
Ford SYNC (7)
Source: Ford On-Line Catalog (UK) as of early October 2012
1. The Ranger is a small pickup truck. It is a global strategic model that is jointly developed with Mazda in Australia. It is a sister model of Mazda BT-50.
2. The B-Max is a compact MPV. It is a new model developed based on the platform of the Fiesta.

 

Ford Europe: Major advanced features
(1)
Ford Eco Mode
 Ford Eco Mode is an advice system that helps drivers to adopt a more economical driving style. The system assesses the influence of running speeds and gear shifts on fuel consumption and advises drivers on how to improve eco-driving skills.
(2)
Load adaptive control
 Load adaptive control detects the gravity center of the vehicle when there is no cargo, some cargo, or full cargo and adjusts the response and the performance of ESC.
(3)
Trailer sway control
 Trailer sway control is one of the functions of ESC. When the system detects the sway of the trailer, it reduces the engine torque and applies the brake pressure on the appropriate wheel(s) to regain control.
(4)
Active City Stop
 Active City Stop is a collision mitigation brake system at low speeds. When the vehicle is running at speeds up to 19 mph, the system automatically brakes the vehicle, if a vehicle running ahead makes a sudden stop, in order to avoid collision or mitigate damage from collision.
(5)
Ford Easy Access
Door System
 Opening the front and sliding rear doors realizes a 1.5m wide aperture, making it easier for passengers to get in and get out. Easy Access Door System achieves this by concealing the B-pillar within the doors.
(6)
Roller shutter
 Roller shutter is a roll-up tonneau cover that covers the cargo space of the pickup truck. It is made of high-strength aluminum and is strong and water-resistant. It has a two-stage lock mechanism.
(7)
Ford SYNC
 Ford SYNC is Ford's infortainment system. Emergency Assistance, a new function to be introduced soon, recognizes the accident of the vehicle and automatically makes an emergency call through a mobile phone. AppLink, also a new function, makes possible operations of smart phone applications through a voice command.

 

 



Volvo: features multiple collision safety systems and active safety equipment in the V40

 Volvo features the world's first pedestrian airbag in the V40 compact hatchback. The conventional pedestrian detection system is also adopted, which enhances the advanced pedestrian protection system. Also available are multiple active safety equipment including collision mitigation brake system and lane departure prevention system. As a result, the V40 achieved an all time top score in the collision safety test of the Euro NCAP announced in August 2012. The model scored 88% in the category of pedestrian protection, the highest record in this part, and got a full score of 100% in the category of the availability of safety assist equipment (including active safety technology).

Volvo Cars: Main features on Volvo cars

Models introduced in Europe in and after the summer of 2011
◎=Standard on all grades, ○=Standard on certain grades, △=Optional
Volvo
V40
May 2012
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Advanced stability control and Torque vectoring (1 in Table below)
Start/stop
Visibility Active bending xenon lights with headlight cleaning system
Headlight levelling system
Active high beam
LED daytime running lights
Autofolding power door mirrors with ground lights
Autodimming rear view mirror
Heated front windscreen
Rain sensor with automatic wiper function ○△
Collision safety Dual stage driver and passenger airbags
Dual chamber side impact protection airbags
Inflatable curtains, Knee airbag (driver's side)
Passenger airbag cut off switch
Pedestrian airbag technology (2)
WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System)
Adaptive brake lights including high level LED brake lights
Driving/parking
assist
Rear park assist/Rear park assist camera
Park Assist Pilot (3)
Cruise control ○△
Adaptive cruise control
Pedestrian detection (4)
City Safety (5)
Enhanced blind spot information system (6)
Lane keeping aid (7)
Lane change merge aid, Cross traffic alert
Driver alert control, Road sign information display
Collision warning with full auto braking
Comfort &
convenience
Electronic climate control (two-zone)
Heated front seats, Heated rear seats
Intelligent Drive Information System
Volvo On Call (telematics system)
Volvo Sensus (8)
Bluetooth hands-free system

Source: Volvo On-Line Catalog (UK) as of early October 2012
(Note) The first-generation V40 was a station wagon. The second-generation estate's name was changed to the V50. This new model, which has revived the name of V40 for the first time in eight years, is a 5-door hatchback. As a premium compact car, the model competes with BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 Sportback.

 

Volvo Cars: Major advanced features
(1)
Advanced stability
control and
Torque vectoring
 Advanced stability control and Torque vectoring are functions added to ESC. Advanced stability control detects the early signs of skidding with a roll-angle sensor, and thus, ESC can step in earlier and with greater precision. Torque vectoring applies a brake to the inside wheels when cornering and transmits higher torque to the outside wheels to minimize understeer when the vehicle makes a sharp turn.
(2)
Pedestrian airbag
technology
 The pedestrian airbag is activated when the vehicle is running at 20-50 km/h. It prevents a pedestrian from suffering a fatal injury if his or her head hits the hood, windshield, or A-pillar. Volvo says that it is the world's first system.
 With seven sensors built in the front of the vehicle, the system detects the contact of the vehicle with a certain object. When the object is recognized as the leg of a pedestrian, the hinge of the hood comes off and, at the same time, the pedestrian airbag mounted under the hood begins to be deployed. As this airbag is deployed, the hood is lifted by 10 cm to make room between the hood and the hard parts. The deployed airbag also covers one third of the windshield and the A-pillar to mitigate the impact when the vehicle collides with the pedestrian. It takes two to three hundredth of a second from start-up to the full deployment.
(3)
Park Assist Pilot
 Park Assist Pilot is a parallel-parking assist system that uses front, rear, and side ultra-sonic sensors. When this system is activated, it scans the both sides of the vehicle; when it finds a space that is more than 1.2 times the overall length of the vehicle, it informs the driver with a sound and orders him or her to stop the vehicle. The system steers the vehicle when the vehicle is parallel parked. After the driver shifts to reverse gear, he or she has to control the speed alone.
(4)
Pedestrian detection
 This is a pedestrian detection system with full automatic brake. When the system detects with radar and a camera a pedestrian walking in the road ahead of the vehicle, it warns the driver with a sound and flashing light on the headup display on the windshield. If the driver does not respond to the warning and the collision is highly likely, the system automatically applies a full brake to the vehicle. The system avoids collisions at speeds up to 35 km/h and mitigates damage at 35 km/h or faster. The system detects a pedestrian who is 80 cm tall or taller.
(5)
City Safety
 City Safety is the emergency brake system that avoids rear-end collisions at low speeds or mitigates damage from rear-end collisions. Volvo features the upgraded version of the system in the V40 for the first time. The latest system is activated at speeds up to 50 km/h (previously 30 km/h). When the relative speed difference between the two vehicles is below 15 km/h, the system avoids collisions and between 15 and 50 km/h, it mitigates damage.
(6)
Enhanced blind spot
information system
 This is the latest blind-spot detection system. Volvo features it in the V40 for the first time. The former system monitors blind spots obliquely backward of the vehicle with radar, but the new system constantly monitors the range within 70 m backward to detect approaching vehicles. When the system detects a vehicle, the A-pillar-mounted LED indicator is turned on. With LED lamp light-up, when the driver turns on a blinker to pull into another lane, LED flashes to warn the driver.
(7)
Lane keeping aid
 Lane keeping aid is the latest active lane-departure prevention system. This system is activated at speeds of 65-200 km/h. The front-view camera monitors the white lane markings on either side of the vehicle. When the vehicle comes close to the lane markings even if the driver does not intend to, a slight torque is applied to the steering wheel to bring back the vehicle. When the vehicle departs the lane, the system vibrates the steering wheel to warn the driver.
(8)
Volvo Sensus
 Volvo Sensus is Volvo's infortainment system. The driver operates a 5-/7-inch color monitor with switches on the steering wheel or under the monitor to use a navigation system, an audio system, a hands-free telephone, and other functions.
 With downloaded Mobile app and a smart phone, the driver can use emergency call functions of Volvo On Call, and functions to stay in touch with the parked car via a smart phone (including car locator, remote door lock/unlock, remote heater start and fuel level check before getting in a car).

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