Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. Electronic Stability Control is a safety system found on many newer vehicles which helps keep the vehicle pointed in the intended direction of travel.
Volkswagen ahead of industry and the government's deadline
Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that its Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) will be standard equipment on every 2009 model year Volkswagen vehicle – passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and minivans. By offering ESP as a standard feature, Volkswagen is the first non-luxury manufacturer to include an electronic stabilization system at no additional cost on every vehicle it sells – well ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) deadline requiring all 2012 model year vehicles to have such systems.
"Volkswagen has long been a leader in making high technology accessible to all," said Volkswagen of America, Inc. CEO Stefan Jacoby. "ESP has been available on all Volkswagens in the US for several years. Now, making ESP standard across our entire line reinforces Volkswagen’s commitment to safety for all our customers, and further shows why we are a market leader in offering some of the safest vehicles on the road today."
NHTSA predicts nearly 10,000 lives could be saved each year if all automakers included electronic stabilization systems as standard equipment.
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Chevrolet was honoured at the Canadian International Auto Show when the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the Chevrolet Cruze as the "2011 Canadian Car of the Year". The award followed rigorous head-to-head evaluations performed by over 70 of Canada's leading automotive journalists on 144 new vehicles entered in this year's competition.
The all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan, the brand’s third new model in the past two years and first in the compact luxury segment, makes its Canadian debut at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
November 2006 (Medialink) -- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announces 13 vehicles that earn TOP SAFETY PICK awards for 2007. Winners include 4 cars, 7 SUVs, and 2 minivans. This award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on ratings in Institute tests. Winners also have to be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC).
Vehicles eligible to win are current small, midsize, and large car models plus minivans and small and midsize SUVs. Pickups aren't included in this round of awards because the Institute hasn't begun to evaluate their side crashworthiness.
Institute crash tests cover the most common kinds of real-world collisions. Designating TOP SAFETY PICK winners based on the tests makes it easier for consumers to identify vehicles that afford the best overall protection without sifting through multiple sets of comparative test results.
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Ford Motor Company announced it's bringing back the well-known Ford Taurus name. The vehicle that redefined affordable family transportation is back with the new face of Ford â a bold new exterior design, more power and more standard safety features.
The company also introduces a new name â Taurus Xâ for its three-row crossover and returns the Mercury Sable to the lineup as upgraded 2008-model versions. All three vehicles go on sale this summer.
The move links a strong brand name with award winning vehicles. The 2008- model Taurus sedan and Taurus X â replace the Ford Five Hundred and Ford Freestyle. Each feature the signature Ford touch of the horizontal three-bar grille, standard electronic stability control, and other refinements to make it more distinctive, quieter, faster and safer. The 2008-model Mercury Sable replaces the Mercury Montego with extensive design, powertrain, and safety upgrades, as well as unique touches that make it a Mercury. They include Mercury's signature satin aluminum waterfall grille, jeweled projector beam headlamps, and a two-tone interior trim with unique accents.
The vehicles offer available features that deliver style and the technology features customers desire like Ford Syncâ¢. Ford Syncâ¢, powered by Microsoft Auto software, is Fordâs new fully integrated, voice-activated in-car communications and entertainment system for mobile phones and digital music players. The Taurus X offers one touch flip-and-fold second-row seating and an available power rear liftgate.
The Taurus name remains powerful today. It is one of the top three most recognized Ford nameplates, behind only the F-series and Mustang. Customer awareness of the Taurus nameplate remains at an impressive 80 percent.
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The 2008 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable will arrive in showrooms this summer bearing Top Safety Pick ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the government’s highest available five-star ratings in all crash test categories.
The IIHS' "Top Safety Pick" rating can only be earned by vehicles that achieve the best-available safety performance in frontal, side and rear collisions and offer electronic stability control. In addition to being the only large family cars to merit IIHS' Top Safety Pick rating, these sedans stand alone for also earning five-star driver and passenger crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“It’s a true testament to the safety engineering of these vehicles that they achieved top crash test ratings from both IIHS and NHTSA,” said Sue Cischke, senior vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company. “Ford and Volvo worked together to leverage our technical and intellectual resources to create this outstanding vehicle architecture, and now it's better than ever. These cars offer it all: safety, power, spaciousness, comfort and great features, all at a great value."
The Insurance Institute also gave both vehicles its highest rear impact rating for offering effective protection against neck injuries, as well as its highest front and side impact ratings for withstanding intrusion into the occupant compartment.
The structure of the Taurus and Sable is engineered with crush zones designed to direct excess energy around the passenger compartment into a high-strength safety cage. An innovative cross-car beam “SPACE™ Architecture” under the front seats reinforces the structure between the B-pillars, which helps direct energy away from passengers.
Both vehicles offer an industry first two-row Safety Canopy™ side air bag system that provides additional protection not only in side impact collisions, but also deploys in rollover accidents. Side-impact protection comes from a combination of air bag technology and structural features that help safeguard occupants from intrusion by channeling crash energy away from the passenger compartment.
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The Saab 9-3 and Volvo C70 earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's TOP SAFETY PICK award for superior crash protection in the first tests the Institute has conducted of 10 midsize convertible models. The Saab and Volvo earn the top rating of good for protection in front, side, and rear crashes, and both models include standard electronic stability control (ESC), which research shows can help drivers avoid crashes. The lowest rated convertible model overall is the Pontiac G6. It's acceptable for frontal crash protection but only marginal for protection in side and rear impacts. While the Audi A4 and BMW 3 series earn good ratings in frontal offset tests, both are rated marginal for side impact protection and poor for protection in rear crashes.
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You want mega pixels? The A730 has seven -- you don't see that every day in a basic model. A simple, intuitive user interface makes the A730 easy to use right out of the box. A 3x optical zoom and a 4.8x digital zoom capture superior close-ups. And a vibrant 2.5-inch LCD screen makes it easy to frame your subject and review your images. Packed inside its sleek and stylish camera body is a whole host of additional features like in-camera panoramic stitching, red-eye removal, face-tracking, electronic stabilization and MPEG-4 movie recording. Powered by two AA batteries, the A730 even has SD/SDHC memory card slot expandable up to an amazing 4 gigabytes. You'll be hard pressed to find a more feature-rich entry-level camera. And that's why the A730 is one of the first cameras worthy of the GE name.
Widely popular with businesses, churches, and community organizations that need to transport large groups of people, 15-passenger vans are both comfortable and convenient. But the vans and people who drive them have come under the watchful eye of government agencies and consumer groups, because of safety concerns.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the risk of a rollover crash is greatly increased when 10 or more people ride in a 15-passenger van, mostly because of the additional weight. Stabilitrak, or electronic stability control, available on Chevrolet's Express and GMC's Savana, selectively applies individual brakes to keep the vehicle in line, based on the sensors in the steering wheel and the vehicle's speed.
They're also equipped with enhanced technology glass, head curtain side airbags and the most important safety feature, 3-point safety belts. Passengers can dramatically reduce the risk of being killed or seriously injured in a rollover crash by simply using their seat belts. In fact, the NHTSA estimates the chances of survival are increased by 75 percent.
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Cadillac's General Manager, James E. Taylor, introduces the brand new Cadillac BLS Wagon, the first station wagon in Cadillac's history. The 2008 Cadillac BLS family improves with standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, a new wagon version and the addition of a new bio-ethanol engine and an extra powerful turbo diesel engine. These moves demonstrate Cadillac's commitment to continued growth in the European market.