Features on new Japanese models: regenerative braking use grows

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

2013/07/23

Summary

 
Summary

 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
(including
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
Automatic
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).



Toyota: first active safety and adaptive high beam systems

 Toyota has adopted the Active Torque Control 4WD that continuously monitors and controls the torque transfer between the front and rear wheels, as a feature for enhancing driving performance on the Auris, the Porte and the Corolla. Among the driving assist systems, the advanced active safety features are available on the Toyota Crown and two Lexus new models. The Crown employs Toyota's first safety systems: the Drive-Start Control and the Intelligent Clearance Sonar to prevent accidents in the parking lots by erroneous shifting. The Lexus LS comes with the Pre-Collision System equipped with the millimeter-wave radar and stereo camera which assists the driver avoid a collision when the relative speed between the vehicle and the obstacle ahead does not exceed 40 km/h.

 As for the equipment for enhanced visibility, the Adaptive High Beam System, available on the Lexus LS and the Crown for the first time in Toyota brand, partially shields high beams with a shade to prevent glare to other drivers on preceding and oncoming vehicles. The Auris, the Corolla and the Lexus IS are equipped with the Automatic High Beam which switches high and low beams depending on the surrounding conditions.

Toyota: main features on new Toyota/Lexus brand models launched in Japan from May 2012 to May 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Toyota Lexus
Crown Auris Porte Corolla
Axio
IS LS
Large
sedan
Compact
hatchback
Compact
tall
wagon
Compact
sedan
Sport
sedan
Flagship
sedan
Launch time Dec.
2012
Aug.
2012
Jul.
2012
May
2012
May
2013
Oct.
2012
Driving
performance
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called VSC at Toyota) S S S
VDIM (EBD+ABS&VSC&TRC&EPS) S A
VDIM + Active Steering
(coordinated control)
A/O A S
Lexus Dynamic Handling System
(1 in Table below)
A
Active Torque Control 4WD A A A
Electronically controlled air suspension S
Start-stop system O A/O O
Collision safety Dual-stage front airbags S S
Side airbags for front seats/
curtain shield airbags for front and rear seats
S O O S S S
Driver's knee airbag S S S
Front passenger's knee airbag S S
Side airbags for rear seats A/O A
Rear seat cushion airbag
(behind the front passenger's seat)
A
Pop-Up Hood A S
Driving/parking
assist
Pre-Collision System
(millimeter-wave radar type)
(2 in Table below)
O O A/O
Pre-Collision System
(millimeter-wave radar and
stereo camera fusion system)
(2 in table below)
A/O
Rear-End Pre-Collision System A/O
Radar cruise control
(with low-speed tracking mode)
O O A/O
Drive-Start Control
(3 in Table below)
S
Intelligent Clearance Sonar
(4 in Table below)
O
Panoramic View Monitor
(5 in Table below)
O
Blind spot monitor/ lane keep assist O A/O
Drive mode select switch S S
Visibility LED headlamps A/O A/O
Con Light (automatic headlamp) S A/O A/O S S
Intelligent AFS
(adaptive front-lighting system)
A A S
Adaptive High Beam System
(6 in Table below)
A A
Automatic High Beam O A/O O
Night View System with pedestrian detection function O
Rain-sensing windshield wipers A/O S
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror A/O O A/O S S
Auto-dimming door mirror A/O S
Comfort/
convenience
Automatic air conditioner with right/left independent temperature control S A S A
Automatic air conditioner with four-seat independent temperature control A
Lexus Climate Concierge
(7 in Table below)
A
Electrostatic temperature control
(8 in Table below)
S
Heated steering wheel A O S
Heated and ventilated front seats A/O A/O
Climate-Comfort Front Seats A
Heated and ventilated driver's seat A
Heated driver's seat A
G-Book mX/mX Pro or G-Link
(Telematics service)
A/O S S
Source: Toyota new model press releases, Toyota/Lexus brand on-line catalogs of late June 2013.
(Note) 1. The Porte and its sister model Spade were released at the same time. The table above shows the availability of equipment on the Porte.
2. The Corolla offers two body types: Corolla Axio sedan and Corolla Fielder wagon. The table above illustrates the availability of equipment on the Corolla Axio.

 

Toyota: major advanced features
(1)
Lexus Dynamic Handling System
 The Lexus Dynamic Handling System, available on the sporty version of the Lexus IS, coordinates variable gear ratio steering, electric power steering, and dynamic rear steering. Monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction, and driver's operation, the system actively adjusts the angle of all four wheels to achieve optimal vehicle handling.
(2)
Pre-Collision System
 The recent Pre-Collision System features improved functions to effectively mitigate damages in over 90% of rear-end collisions. The system equipped with a millimeter-wave radar assists the driver avoid a collision when the relative speed between the vehicle and the obstacle ahead does not exceed 30 km/h. The system with a millimeter-wave radar and stereo camera helps the driver avoid a collision with vehicles and pedestrians when the relative speed is under 40 km/h.
(3)
Drive-Start Control
 (First for Toyota) The Drive-Start Control detects an erroneous operation in which the wrong gear has been selected when the driver is applying the throttle. It will flash up a warning and reduce engine output to limit a sudden start or acceleration. This can help, for example, when the driver who has panicked over clashing an object while backing up makes a quick shift to a forward gear while still stepping on the accelerator pedal.
(4)
Intelligent Clearance Sonar
 (First for Toyota) The Intelligent Clearance Sonar reduces collisions caused by the drivers stepping on the wrong pedal, particularly when parking. The system is able to detect obstacles that are outside the driver's line of sight and will alert by sound, reduce engine power and apply the brakes if there is a risk of a collision.
(5)
Panoramic View Monitor
 The Panoramic View Monitor integrates images from four cameras mounted on the front, rear, left, and right of the vehicle and displays them on the navigation system screen in conjunction with gear-stick operation to enable the driver to monitor hard-to-see areas around the vehicle.
 (First function for Toyota) The recent system is able to enlarge a part of the view by touching the screen and to display the side views even when the door mirrors are folded.
(6)
Adaptive High Beam System
 (First for Toyota) When the Adaptive High Beam System detects other vehicles within the high beam light range with a camera equipped on the inner mirror, it controls the light shade by optimally changing the light axis and partially shields the high beam to prevent glare to other drivers on preceding and oncoming vehicles. Thus, the vehicle's high beams are constantly used, resulting better visibility during night-time driving, whereas the system prevents the light from blinding other drivers.
(7)
Lexus Climate Concierge
 The Lexus Climate Concierge, using a network of up to 13 sensors, regulates the automatic air conditioner with four-seat independent temperature control, Climate-Comfort Seats, and heated steering wheel to achieve the desired temperature in each zone. The system equipped with the IR (infrared) matrix sensors detects the surface temperature for each rear seat passenger and controls the air conditioner and the Climate-Comfort seats accordingly.
(8)
Electrostatic temperature control
 (First for Lexus) The electrostatic temperature control enables climate control with just the finger swipe on the metal strip as with a touch-sensitive panel. The temperature can also be adjusted by touching the arrows above and below the strip by 0.5 degrees with a quick touch and continuously with a longer touch.

 

 



Nissan: advanced active safety and comfort features

 Nissan uses the start-stop system for enhanced fuel economy on the DAYZ, the Latio and the Note. Among them, the DAYZ jointly developed with the Mitsubishi, employs the system which shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 13 km/h or slower.

 As the driving assist features, the flagship sedan Cima adopts various active safety systems including the Intelligent Pedal which moves the accelerator pedal upward to assist the driver release the pedal when approaching too close to the preceding vehicle and the Intelligent Brake Assist that automatically applies the brake if it detects a risk of a rear-end collision.

 The Smart Auto Headlight, available on the Sylphy, the Note, and the Cima, automatically turns on the headlights earlier than the conventional ones. The headlights light up during twilight or rain when the windshield wipers are used, helping to improve visibility of the vehicle. Among the equipment for enhanced comfort, the Active Noise Control which reduces unpleasant muffled sound with opposite-phase sound is adopted on the Cima.

Nissan: main features on new models launched in Japan from April 2012 to June 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model DAYZ Sylphy Latio Note Cima
Mini
vehicle
Compact
sedan
Compact
sedan
Compact
hatchback
Large
sedan
Launch time Jun.
2013
Dec.
2012
Oct.
2012
Sep.
2012
Apr.
2012
Driving
performance
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called VDC at Nissan) A S A/O O S
4WD (Motor assist type) A
Start-stop system
(1 in Table below)
A S A
Alternator regenerative control technology A A
Comfort suspension S
Double-piston shock absorbers
(2 in Table below)
S
Collision safety Side airbag systems for front seats A S
Curtain airbag systems A O O S
Pop Up Engine Hood S
Driving/parking
assist
Around View Monitor A/O O
Intelligent Cruise Control S
Intelligent Pedal (Distance Control Assist)
(3 in Table below)
S
Lane Departure Warning/ Forward Collision Warning S
Intelligent Brake Assist S
Pre-Crash Seatbelt System S
Hill Start Assist A S
Drive Mode Selector S
ECO Pedal S
ECO mode switch S A
Emergency Stop Signal S
Visibility Active AFS S
Smart Auto Headlights with Considerate Lighting
(Front Windshield Wiper Connectivity,
Twilight Detection) (4 in Table below)
A A S
Auto-off headlights S
Auto-dimming rearview mirror with display A O
Rain-sensing windshield wiper S
Comfort/
convenience
Ozone-safe full-auto air conditioner
(left/right independent temperature control)
A S
Forest Air-conditioning System S
Automatic air conditioning system
(touch-screen type) (5 in Table below)
A
Air-conditioned front seats A/O
Heated driver's seat A/O
Heated rear seats A/O
Active Noise Control (6 in Table below) S
Super UV-cut heat insulated green glass
(front door) (7 in Table Below)
A
Carwings Navigation System (Telematics service) S O O S

Source: Nissan new model press releases, Nissan brand on-line catalogs of late June 2013

 

Nissan: major advanced features
(1)
Start-stop system
 The start-stop system equipped on the DAYZ shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 13 km/h or slower. (The systems used on the Latio and the Note shut down the engine after the vehicle stops.)
(2)
Double-piston shock absorbers
 Responding to the frequency of vibrations from the road surface, the double piston structure controls damping force to the optimal level. As a result, both the body sway and the bumpy vibrations felt with the back and the foot can be reduced.
(3)
Intelligent Pedal
(Distance Control Assist)
 Based on the radar sensor information, the system helps the driver maintain the distance from the vehicle ahead. When the preceding vehicle slows down and the system determines that braking is required, visual and aural indicators prompt the driver to take action. If the driver is still pressing the accelerator pedal, the pedal is moved upward to assist the driver step on the brake pedal.
 (Added function) Using the map information from the navigation system, the Navigation-Cooperative Intelligent Pedal moves the accelerator pedal upward to assist the driver release the pedal if the driver is pressing the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is approaching the curve ahead (World's first system according to Nissan).
(4)
Smart Auto Headlights with Considerate Lighting (Front Windshield Wiper Connectivity, Twilight Detection)
 The Smart Auto Headlights system automatically turns on the headlights earlier than conventional systems during twilight or rain when the windshield wipers are used. This function enhances visibility of the vehicle for other drivers and pedestrians, thereby reducing the risks of accidents.
(5)
Automatic air conditioning system
(touch-screen type)
 (First for mini vehicles) This automatic air-conditioning system carries a large piano-black touch screen. With a large touch screen and high-intensity white light, the switch can be operated intuitively.
(6)
Active Noise Control
 The Active Noise Control produces opposite-phase sound from the door speakers and the woofers on the rear parcel shelf to reduce unpleasant muffled sound generated by synchronization with engine revolutions. When the vehicle is accelerated, an exhilarating engine sound, linear to high-revolutions, is produced.
(7)
Super UV-cut heat insulated green glass
 The Super UV-cut glass adopted for the front door filters out 99 percent of UV rays (Nissan's data) from the side. It protects against damages to the skin and hair as well as fading of the clothes and interiors.

 

 



Honda: ESC as standard on N-ONE and N BOX + mini vehicles

 As for the features for enhanced driving performance, Honda has made the ESC available on its all new models including N-ONE and N BOX + mini vehicles as standard. The Accord employs the Amplitude Reactive Dampers for the first time as a Honda model to improve both driving stability and riding comfort.

 The driving assist systems, available on the Accord, include the collision mitigation brake system, which responds to not only preceding vehicles but also oncoming vehicles, and the adaptive cruise control. In order to enhance visibility, the LED headlights are fitted on the Accord as standard equipment.

 Among the features for improving comfort, the Super UV Cut Front Door Glass that filters out 99% of the UV rays is available on the N-ONE. The Accord uses the seats covered with the material made of bio fabric and recycled PET.

Honda: main features on new models launched in Japan from August 2012 to June 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Accord
Hybrid
N-ONE N BOX +
Midsize
sedan
Mini
vehicle
Mini
vehicle
Launch time Jun. 2013 Nov. 2012 Aug. 2012
Driving
performance
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called VSA at Honda) S S S
Amplitude Reactive Dampers (1in Table below) S
Electric servo braking system (2 in Table below) S
Start-stop system A A
Collision safety Driver seat i-SRS airbag system (continuously variable volume type) S S S
Front seat i-side airbag (variable volume type) S A/O
Side curtain airbags for front and rear seats S A
Driving/parking
assist
Collision Mitigation Brake System + E-Pretensioner (3 in Table below) A
Adaptive Cruise Control A
Lane Keep Assist System A
Emergency Stop Signal (4 in Table below) S S S
ECON Switch (ECON Mode) S S
Visibility LED Headlights (with auto light control) S
Active Cornering Light S
Hydrophilic heated door mirror + repellent front door glass A A
Auto dimming rear view mirror S
Speed sensitive intermittent/variable intermittent windshield wipers
(with mist mode, rain-sensing type)
S
Comfort/
convenience
Intelligent dual fully automatic air conditioning
(left/right independent temperature control/GPS control polarized solar radiation control system)
S
Rear ventilation S
Allergen-free clean seat (5 in Table below) S A
High-thermal-absorbing/Super UV Cut Front Door Glass
(6 in Table below)
A
Active Sound Control (noise cancellation) S
Bio-Fabric PET seat covering material (7 in Table below) S
InterNavi + Linkup Free (Telematics service) S

Source: Honda new model press releases, Honda brand on-line catalogs of late June 2013

 

Honda: major advanced features
(1)
Amplitude Reactive Dampers
 The Amplitude Reactive Dampers, equipped both on the front and rear suspensions, have a sub-valve in the piston which opens only for short suspension strokes to provide minimal damping effect. For longer suspension strokes, damping effect is maximized for improved driving stability while weaker damping effect absorbs vibration for short strokes. These dampers are able to maintain driving stability together with riding comfort. Available first for Honda brand.
(2)
Electric servo braking system
 The system is a next-generation regenerative braking system originally developed for the Fit EV. Honda has further refined the system and applied it in a production vehicle for the first time. It is able to convert a much higher amount of kinetic energy into electricity during deceleration from the time of pressing the brake pedal to the point just before the vehicle stops. (The hydraulic brake system is used when the vehicle stops.)
(3)
Collision mitigation brake system
 The new system is operational from 5 km/h rather than 15 km/h and responds to not only a preceding vehicle but also an oncoming vehicle.
(4)
Emergency Stop Signal
 (First for mini vehicles as of November 2012) The Emergency Stop Signal system responds to sudden braking and quickly blinks hazard lamps automatically, in addition to lighting brake lamps, to alert the drivers of the vehicles behind.
(5)
Allergen-free clean seat
 The allergen-free clean seat helps prevent allergens such as mite and cedar pollen on the surface of the seat from becoming active. According to Honda's research, this clean seat inactivates approximately 98% of mite allergen and 97% of cedar pollen allergen.
(6)
Super UV Cut Front Door Glass
 The Super UV Cut Glass adopted for the front door filters out approximately 99% of UV rays (Honda's data). It effectively protects the driver against UV rays coming from the side.
(7)
Bio-Fabric PET seat covering material
 The main part of the seat is covered with the bio fabric derived from sugarcane with high durability and light resistance, while the side part with the recycled PET fabric with soft texture.

 

 



Mazda/Mitsubishi: collision mitigation brake systems

 Mazda's flagship sedan Atenza is equipped with the brake energy regeneration system that uses a capacitor for storage. As for the driving assist features, the Atenza comes with various active safety systems including the collision mitigation brake system, acceleration control for AT, and lane departure warning system. In order to improve visibility, the model employs the High Beam Control System which automatically switches high/low beams.

 Mitsubishi installs the 4WD system that controls torque split to the front left/right wheels in addition to torque distribution to the front/rear wheels, as a driving performance feature on the midsize SUV Outlander. Among the driving assist systems, the e-ASSIST active safety feature was made available on the Outlander for the first time as a Mitsubishi brand vehicle. The e-ASSIST includes Forward Collision Mitigation System, Lane Departure Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Mazda/Mitsubishi: main features on new models launched in Japan from August 2012 to June 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
OEM Mazda Mitsubishi
Model Atenza eK
Wagon
Outlander Mirage
Midsize
sedan/
wagon
Mini
vehicle
Midsize
SUV
Compact
hatchback
Launch time Nov.
2012
Jun.
2013
Oct.
2012
Aug.
2012
Driving
performance
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called DSC at Mazda and ASC at Mitsubishi) S O S O
S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) O
Start-stop system S A S A
i-ELOOP (brake energy regeneration system)
(1 in Table below)
S
Brake energy regeneration system A A
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats/Curtain airbags S S O
Driver's knee airbag S
Driving/parking
assist
Rear view camera S O
Smart City Brake Support (2 in Table below) A/O
Smart Brake Support (3 in Table below) A/O
Acceleration Control for AT A/O
Rear Vehicle Monitoring System A/O
Forward Collision Mitigation System (6 in Table below) A
Lane Departure Warning System (7 in Table below) A/O A
Adaptive Cruise Control System (8 in Table below) A/O A
ECO Mode Switch S
Drive Mode Selector (9 in Table below) A
Emergency Signal System S S S S
Visibility Super Wide HID Headlamps
(with automatic optical axis adjusting device)
S
Adaptive front lighting system A/O
Automatic headlight system S S A
High Beam Control System (4 in Table below) A/O
Auto-dimming rear view mirror A/O
Interior driving mirror with rear view monitor
(auto-dimming function)
A
Rain-sensing windshield wipers S A
Comfort/
convenience
Fully automatic air conditioning system with driver's seat/
front passenger's seat independent temperature control
S S
Automatic air conditioner with touch-screen switch A
99% UV Cut Glass (front door) A
Heated front seats A O
i-DM (intelligent-Drive Master) (5 in Table below) S

Source: Mazda/Mitsubishi new model press releases, Mazda/Mitsubishi brand on-line catalogs of late June 2013

 

Mazda: major advanced features
(1)
i-ELOOP
 The i-ELOOP is the world's first passenger vehicle brake energy regeneration system that uses a large capacity electric double layer capacitor for storage.
(2)
Smart City Brake Support
 The Smart City Brake Support assists the driver avoid a frontal collision when running at low speeds from approximately 4 to 30 km/h in the urban areas and traffic jams. It uses a near infrared sensor fitted on the windshield to detect other vehicles ahead.
(3)
Smart Brake Support
 The Smart Brake Support assists the driver in avoiding or reducing damage due to a frontal collision when running at medium and high speeds from approximately 15 to 145 km/h. It uses a millimeter-wave radar to detect a vehicle and obstacle up to around 200 m ahead.
(4)
High Beam Control System
 The system automatically switches from high beams to low beams when it detects the taillights of a car in front or the headlights of an oncoming car. It also switches the headlights to low beams when the vehicle is driving in well-lit urban areas or at speeds slower than 20 km/h when high beams are not required.
(5)
i-DM
 The i-DM (intelligent-Drive Master) supports the driver to improve his/her driving skills and fuel economy. The system monitors the movement of the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals, as well as the vehicle speed, to indicate the evaluation of the driving skills on the display in real time (coaching function). Then, at the end of each trip, it provides an overall score and practical advice (teaching function).

 

Mitsubishi: major advanced features
e-ASSIST  The new Outlander is the first Mitsubishi model to employ the company's "e-Assist" preventive safety technology.
  (6)
Forward Collision Mitigation System
 The system monitors a preceding car with a radar and helps the driver avoid a collision by automatically applying the brake when the relative speed between the vehicle and the car ahead does not exceed 30 km/h.
(7)
Lane Departure Warning System
 While running at the speed faster than 65 km/h, the system monitors the lane markings ahead and alerts the driver with visual and aural indicators if the vehicle starts to drift from its lane.
(8)
Adaptive Cruise Control System
 Monitoring the distance to and relative speed of the car ahead, the system allows the driver to follow the preceding car at one of three selectable distances until it comes to a halt. While the driver is able to set the speed at between 40 to 100 km/h, the system follows the car in front even if it is travelling at less than 40 km/h.
(9)
Drive Mode Selector
 Three driving modes can be selected depending on the road conditions. "4WD ECO" mode realizes low fuel consumption by using 2WD in ordinary conditions and switching to 4WD on slippery road surfaces to secure driving stability. "4WD AUTO" mode distributes appropriate torque to the front and rear wheels according to various road conditions such as dry and wet surfaces. It not only increases driving force on slippery conditions but also enhances cornering performance. "4WD LOCK" mode distributes more torque to the rear wheels than in the "AUTO" mode to safely drive on the rough or snowy road.

 

 



Suzuki/Daihatsu: adopting brake energy regeneration

 Suzuki installs advanced features for improving fuel economy in the Spacia and the Wagon R mini vehicles. The features include the ENE-CHARGE brake energy regeneration system that uses both a lead-acid battery and a lithium-ion battery, and the start-stop system which shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 13 km/h or slower. As for the equipment for enhanced comfort, the two mini vehicle models come with the ECO-COOL that suppresses the temperature rise in the cabin during engine cut-off time with an air conditioning unit containing the freezable substance.

 Daihatsu has adopted the CVT Thermo Controller to enhance fuel efficiency in the Move facelift for the first time as a mini vehicle. This system improves engine combustion and CVT transfer efficiencies by heating the CVT fluid with the heated engine coolant. The Move is also equipped with the start-stop system that shuts down the engine when the vehicle speed drops to 9 km/h or lower. As a driving assist feature, the crash-avoidance assist system is made available for the first time on the mini vehicle.

Suzuki/Daihatsu: main features on new models launched in Japan from September 2012 to February 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
OEM Suzuki Daihatsu
Model Spacia Wagon R Move
Mini vehicle Mini vehicle Mini vehicle
Launch time Feb. 2013 Sep. 2012 Dec. 2012
Driving
performance
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called DVC at Daihatsu) A
ENE-CHARGE (1 in Table below) S A
CVT Thermo Controller (6 in Table below) S
Start-stop system (2 and 7 in Table below) S S S
Driving assist Hill Hold Control S A
Smart Assist Crash-Avoidance Assist System
(8 in Table below)
A
Rear view camera O
Visibility Auto headlights O O A
Comfort/
convenience
ECO-COOL (3 in Table below) S S
Roll Sun Shade (4 in Table below) A
One-action power slide door (behind the front passenger
(5 in Table below)
A
Heated driver's seat A A
Navigation system working with smart phone A
Memory navigation + rear view monitor (eco drive function) O

Source: Suzuki/Daihatsu new model press releases, Suzuki/Daihatsu brand on-line catalogs of late June 2013

 

Suzuki: major advanced features
(1)
ENE-CHARGE
 The ENE-CHARGE is Suzuki's unique brake energy regeneration system. The system uses a high-efficiency, high-output alternator to generate electricity and stores the electricity in a lead-acid battery specially designed for the start-stop system and in a high-efficiency lithium-ion battery. It uses the stored electricity to power electrical equipment such as the audio systems and meters.
(2)
Start-stop system
 The start-stop system installed in the Spacia and the Wagon R stops injection of the fuel into the engine when the driver releases the accelerator pedal. The system shuts down the engine when the driver is pressing the brake pedal and the vehicle speed drops to 13 km/h or lower. The driver can restart the engine by releasing the brake pedal or turning the steering wheel.
(3)
ECO-COOL
 The air conditioning unit contains a freezable substance that is frozen by the cold air emitted by the unit. When the start-stop system shuts down the engine and the climate-control system switches to fan-only operation, the air blown by the fan passes over the freezable substance on its way to the cabin. By suppressing the cabin temperature rise, it helps to maximize engine shutdown time.
(4)
Roll sun shade
 (First for mini vehicles) The roll sun shade fitted under the rear door trim panel blocks the direct sunlight and makes the rear seats more comfortable.
(5)
One-action power slide door
 (First for mini vehicles) The one-action power slide door which can be opened and closed only by pressing the switch is adopted for the rear door behind the front passenger.

 

Daihatsu: major advanced features
(6)
CVT Thermo Controller
 (First for mini vehicles) In the conventional systems, CVT fluid requires more time to be heated, thereby placing a heavy burden on the engine. With the CVT Thermo Controller, the CVT fluid is heated by heat exchange with the engine coolant. Thus, both the CVT and engine temperatures are optimized quickly to improve combustion and motion transfer efficiency, resulting in better fuel economy.
(7)
Start-stop system
 The new eco IDLE, a start-stop system installed in the Move, has been improved from that on the Mira e:S. The new system shuts down the engine when the vehicle decelerates to 9 km/h or slower (7 km/h or slower for the system on the Mira e:S), thereby contributing to higher fuel efficiency.
(8)
Smart Assist crash-avoidance assist system
 The Smart Assist system uses a laser radar to monitor the front of the vehicle. The Daihatsu Move is equipped with the first crash-avoidance assist system as a mini vehicle (as of December 2012).
Brakes that assist low-speed crash avoidance  When driving at speeds of approximately 4-30 km/h, the system monitors the car in front and warns the driver with a sound and an indicator if there is a high risk of collision. When the driver fails to steer or brake, it activates emergency brakes. The system assists the driver avoid a crash when the relative speed is below 20 km/h, and reduce damage at around 20-30 km/h.
Gas pedal misoperation control  When the vehicle is at a stop or travelling at around or below 10 km/h, and an obstacle (building or wall) ahead is within four meters, the system will alert the driver with a sound and an indicator when it judges that the gas pedal has been depressed due to the driver's error. At the same time, the system reduces engine power to restrict the vehicle start.
Informs of motion of vehicle in front  While the vehicle is waiting at a stoplight or in traffic jam with another car in front, the system notifies the driver with a sound and an indicator if the vehicle remains still after the preceding car has started.

 

 



Fuji Heavy Industries: Active Torque Split AWD and preventive safety features

 Fuji Heavy Industries installs the Active Torque Split AWD in its two new SUVs: the Forester and the XV. The Forester is equipped with the new system that monitors information from the ESC including yaw rate (angular velocity around its vertical axis) and adjusts torque distribution to the front and rear tires to suit driving conditions. The Forester also comes with the X-MODE, a new AWD system that enhances drivability on the rough roads, and the SI-DRIVE which allows the driver to select driving modes including the fuel efficient mode and sports mode.

 Among the driving assist features, the EyeSight (ver.2), available on the Forester and the XV, uses the stereo camera to offer various functions including the Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control.

Fuji Heavy Industries: main features on new models launched in Japan from September to November 2012

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional
Model Forester XV
Compact SUV Compact SUV
Launch time Nov. 2012 Sep. 2012
Driving
performance
(including
fuel efficiency)
ESC (called VDC at Fuji Heavy Industries) S S
Active Torque Split AWD (1 in Table below) A S
Viscous LSD center differential AWD A
Start-stop system A S
Collision safety Side airbags for front seats/curtain airbags O O
Driving assist Hill hold control S S
X-MODE (with Hill descent control) (2 in Table below) A
SI-DRIVE (3 in Table below) A
S (Sport) mode S
EyeSight (ver.2) A A
Visibility Automatic headlights A/O S
Rain-sensing windshield wipers A/O S
Clear View Package (windshield wiper deicer/heated door mirror) A/O A/O
Comfort/
convenience
Fully automatic air conditioning system (left/right independent temperature control) A S
Heated front seats A/O O
Power rear gate A/O
Super UV Cut Glass (front door) O
Navigation system with rear view camera O O

Source: Fuji Heavy Industries new model press releases, Subaru brand on-line catalogs of late June 2013

 

Fuji Heavy Industries: major advanced features
(1)
Active Torque Split AWD
 This electronically controlled AWD system adjusts torque distribution to the front and rear tires optimally to suit road surface and driving conditions. The new-generation system monitors information from the ESC including yaw rate and controls torque distribution precisely for enhanced stability in entering the corner and starting on the slippery road.
(2)
X-MODE
 The new AWD system "X-MODE" enhances drivability on the rough roads by controlling and coordinating the engine, transmission and ESC. It is operational by pushing the button. The system also has the hill descent control mode which maintains the same vehicle speed when driving down a steep hill.
(3)
SI-DRIVE
 With the SI-DRIVE, two or three driving modes can be selected by dialing the switch for better driving pleasure or fuel efficiency. The models with natural aspirated engines offer "Intelligent mode" and "Sports mode." Those with turbocharged direct injection engines also have "Sports # mode" in which the driver is able to shift eight steps and enjoys sportier driving like in the vehicles with the multi-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

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