- New Nissan sat nav reduces the risk of accidents
- Improved anti-skid protection on the Renault Kangoo
- Car theft: "Home jacking" increases
- New Subaru Legacy and Outback at the IAA
- GM announces plug-in hybrid
- Street lighting reduces the number of accidents
- Toyota is scrapping winner in the USA
New Nissan sat nav reduces the risk of accidents
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Nissan wants to reduce the number of traffic accidents with a new navigation system. The navigation system warns acoustically and visually of blind intersections and traffic lights. Also on Sc…hul areas are pointed out.
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The route system processes the traffic data from the IST telematics service. It is based on the data exchange between vehicles and infrastructure. However, they are required under an…their optical control beacons on roads.
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Renault has revised the Kangoo’s ESP anti-skid protection.
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Subaru presents the new generation of the Legacy and at the IAA in September …
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… of the Subaru Outlander. This is the first time that the two sister models will be presented in Europe.
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General Motors plans to launch a plug-in hybrid car in 2011. Initially, an SUV from the Buick subsidiary will be equipped with the so-called plug-in hybrid tech…nik be equipped.
In fact, navigation systems should only predict the best route for the driver. Nissan is now going even further and is working on a navigation system that will reduce accidents and traffic jams. Also: Renault has improved the ESP of the Kangoo. And Subaru presents the new generation of Legacy and Outback at the IAA.
D.he new Nissan navigation system warns acoustically and visually of blind intersections and traffic lights. The driver can then increase his awareness in good time and, if necessary, reduce the speed. Reference is also made to school areas. The system also controls the speed based on the navigation data. As soon as the vehicle approaches a sharp bend or, for example, a toll booth, the engine and transmission controls are intervened. The speed is reduced at an early stage by means of the engine brake.
The route system processes the traffic data of the telematics service IST (Intelligent Transportation System) for these functions. It is based on the data exchange between vehicles and infrastructure. It also finds out the current waiting times for turning lanes and takes them into account when calculating the route. However, optical control beacons on roads and traffic lights, which are currently only available in Japan, are required for this. The new navigation system will debut on the Japanese market in autumn 2009. +++
Improved anti-skid protection on the Renault Kangoo
+++ Renault has revised the Kangoo’s ESP anti-skid protection. During a follow-up test by the ADAC, the assistance system intervened vigorously in the so-called moose test and kept the high-roof suit safely on course. Before the manufacturer carried out repairs, the ADAC had determined a tendency to tip over in a similar test.
The optimized ESP is now used as an optional feature in all vehicles built since March 6th. In the case of previously built Kangoo models of the current generation, the old ESP is replaced by the new safety system free of charge. +++
Car theft: "Home jacking" increases
+++ The cases of the so-called "Home jacking" continued to increase in Germany in 2008. In this form of organized car theft, the perpetrators primarily target expensive cars. They break into apartments or houses to steal the car keys and papers. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) registered 176 cases (+31 percent).
Also the number of thefts in car dealerships or garages, that "Showroom jacking", has increased: the proportion rose by 300 percent to 132 burglaries. Often not only the motor vehicles but also workshop equipment are stolen. At the "Business space jacking" there is an increase of 200 percent to 45 cases.
In such cases, the insurance company will pay compensation as in the case of other car thefts. According to the German Insurance Association (GDV), the policyholder is required to provide evidence of the break-in. If the insurer and the police do not have credible evidence of the break-in and key theft, an expert must be called in. +++
New Subaru Legacy and Outback at the IAA
+++ The new generation of the Subaru sister models Legacy and Outback is celebrating its European premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt (September 17th to 27th). Shortly afterwards, the mid-range sedan and the off-road version of the station wagon will also be available from German dealers. The new boxer diesel engine with around 150 hp is also available for the drive. The boxer gasoline engines can for the first time be ordered with a continuously variable automatic system. Prices are not yet known. The current Legacy currently costs from 27,850 euros, the Outback is available from 33,420 euros. +++
GM announces plug-in hybrid
+++ General Motors plans to launch a plug-in hybrid car on the US market in 2011. First of all, an SUV from the Buick subsidiary is to be equipped with so-called plug-in hybrid technology, which should significantly increase the range in pure electric operation compared to conventional hybrid systems. The electricity required for this comes from a high-performance lithium-ion battery and, according to the manufacturer, is sufficient for a journey of around 16 kilometers. A gasoline-electric hybrid engine already used in other Group models takes over the drive on longer journeys. Toyota wants to bring a similar drive concept to the market for its hybrid model Prius as early as 2010. +++
Street lighting reduces the number of accidents
+++ The number of accidents on well-lit roads is around half lower than on dark roads. This is the result of an investigation into the influence of street lighting on traffic accidents. Accordingly, the risk of injury increases significantly in the dark, namely by 17 percent on illuminated country roads and by 145 percent on unlit roads.
The greatest danger is on dark streets for pedestrians, who are then exposed to at least three times the risk of accidents. If it rains, the risk of accidents increases by 50 percent on illuminated and 190 percent on unlit country roads. The analysis is based on the accident statistics of the Netherlands with more than 763,000 accidents with injuries and 3,300,000 accidents with property damage. +++
Toyota is scrapping winner in the USA
+++ The new US scrapping bonus for new car buyers is apparently mainly benefiting foreign manufacturers. The best-selling car model to date is the Toyota Corolla, reports the newspaper "Detroit News" citing US Senator Harry Reid. Second place went to the Ford Focus, a distant relative of the European compact car of the same name.
This is followed by the Japanese models Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry and the Korean Hyundai Elantra. Despite the predominance of foreign brands, the US economy also benefits, as Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry and Honda Civic roll off the assembly line in American plants. German cars are not among the top ten winners. A total of around 185,000 vehicles have so far been sold as part of the scrapping program that started at the end of July. +++
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