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Hyundai introduces new safety features to the i40 models
Additional safety features now offered as standard equipment of the Hyundai i40 saloon and estate models on the Australian market.
The top of the range passenger car from Hyundai, the i40, now comes with additional safety features as standard with other safety technology available on the saloon (sedan) and estate (tourer) models for the Australian market. In standard trim, the Hyundai i40 is now equipped with Smart Parking Assist technology as well as a Lane Departure Warning system.
The smart parking assist feature includes a reversing camera and ultrasonic sensors mounted on the side of the vehicle. When the driver selects a parking position, the parking assist function can be engaged offering the driver a rear view of the car whilst the car automatically controls the steering once reverse gear is selected. It is used for parallel parking and requires the driver only to select reverse or forward gears as appropriate depending on how difficult the parking position might be and whether it can be filled in a single movement.
The car’s lane departure warning system operates at two levels. If the windscreen mounted sensors detect that the car is straying unintentionally from its lane without the indicators being operated, it will provide the driver with audible and visible warning indicators. If the warnings are ignored and the car drifts too far from its intended trajectory, the car takes control of the steering to correct the course. Both functions can be overridden with steering input from the driver or by switching the system off.
The Hyundai is ground-breaking in its standard delivery of in-vehicle driver assistance technology for safety improvements and includes a number of features including a system for controling braking force during cornering, technology for assisting with hill starts, electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability management and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the latter being mandatory on current models for achieving 5-star NCAP ratings. It is also equipped with driver and front passenger air bags as well as side impact protection and curtain air bags. The new model is also equipped with knee protecting air bags for the driver.
The Hyundai i40 has not been put through the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) but was awarded 5 stars in Euro NCAP crash testing on an analogous model in 2011. ANCAP recognizes the European results but notes that there may be specification variations between the two markets.
Designed in Germany and manufactured in South Korea, the Hyundai i40 is popular in the markets of the EU and Australia but is unavailable in the American market. The latest i40 range will be available in Australia from March 2013.