Many consumers believe self-driving cars and the possibility to purchase them is just around the corner, but as yet they are not available to buy on the European car market. However, many new cars are already fitted with the forerunner technology that enables the successful operation of automated cars. This technology exists as an Assisted Driving option in around 90% of new cars and is helping car drivers to stay safe. As part of its rating programme, Euro NCAP has been evaluating Assisted Driving systems for the past three years, and the latest batch of gradings reveal just how good these systems are. Today, Euro NCAP releases the results of gradings for three vehicles – the Renault Austral, Nissan Ariya, and the Alfa Romeo Tonale.
Research has shown that leaving a lane unintentionally and going off the highway due to distraction or drowsiness, or running into the car in front are the two most common crashes that might potentially occur to drivers when driving on a highway. Assisted Driving systems when used properly help address these situations, by keeping drivers alert and addressing actions resulting from fatigue. These systems can steer the car within its lane and ensure the maintenance of a safe distance from the vehicle in front allowing the car time to safely brake.
However, these systems, although supporting the driver are not there to take over the driving role. Euro NCAP strongly encourages a collaborative or balanced approach where car and driver work hand in hand to share the driving task.
If the technology/system works correctly in the context of this balanced approach, then it’s a real contribution to safe driving, if not or there is a lack of communication on either side, drivers may put themselves or others at risk. Euro NCAP employs some exacting track-based assessments to measure system performance. Tests assess the competency of vehicles with steering and braking, how collaborative the system is (to prevent over dangerous over-reliance) and finally if things do go wrong, how well the car can avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Lastly, review is made of the information (marketing material and literature) given to the consumer and how the driver is trained on its use. Euro NCAP’s grading consists of two areas of focus and five levels of grading. Assistance Competence (that includes driver engagement and vehicle assistance) and Safety Back-up (measuring how the vehicle responds when the systems fail).
The latest gradings in this release reveals how competent these systems are and demonstrates their growing prevalence in cars produced by mainstream manufacturers. The impressive stars of today’s publication are the Renault Austral Active Driver Assist and the Nissan Ariya ProPILOT Assist systems, which both achieved Very Good gradings. The Austral’s system achieved the highest points of any Renault Assisted Driving system tested so far by Euro NCAP. The cars impressed the test engineers with their full 25-point scores in the collaborative driving tests suggesting that these vehicles work well with the driver and do not allow over reliance on the system. Also impressive are the systems’ ability to react to road features, slowing down for tighter corners and roundabouts adding to the driver’s safety whilst reducing fatigue. The Nissan will also slow for junctions, another added benefit. However, the Renault ultimately reacts to other vehicles in a more comprehensive manner allowing it to achieve a slightly better score. Both vehicles have excellent Safety Back-up systems and can be lauded for accurately indicating their system’s functionality and limitations.
The promotional material for the Alfa Romeo Tonale Active Driving Assist made misleading references to automation that lowered its score, but the system was still balanced with modest levels of Vehicle Assistance and Driver Engagement and good Safety Back-up scores, resulting in a Moderate grading.
With Assisted Driving Systems, Euro NCAP strongly advocates a collaborative approach between vehicle and driver to ensure that the driver’s eyes always remain on the road and hands are mainly on the wheel, and that there is no possibility of over-reliance. We are looking forward to seeing how new cars meet our extended protocols applicable to assisted driving in other than highway conditions, that will be introduced next year. Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General Euro NCAP
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About Euro NCAP
Euro NCAP organizes crash & safety tests on new vehicles and provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Established in 1997 and backed by several European Governments, motoring, consumer and insurance organizations, Euro NCAP has rapidly become a catalyst for encouraging significant safety improvements to new car design.
Euro NCAP ratings strictly apply to vehicles of the specifications offered in Europe. The ratings do not necessarily apply to models offered in other regions, even when sold under an identical name, as production specification and equipment may vary.
Source: Euro NCAP
Nissan Reveals Retro-Inspired Hardbody Edition to Their 2024 Frontier Truck Lineup
Nissan unveils 2024 Frontier with retro-inspired Hardbody Edition, combining nostalgia and modernity in a rugged truck lineup.
Nissan has always been known for its rugged and reliable trucks, and the 2024 Nissan Frontier continues that tradition. This fall, Nissan is set to release their highly anticipated new Frontier, showcasing a blend of modern technology and retro-inspired design. One particular edition that stands out is the Hardbody Edition, paying homage to the iconic Nissan Hardbody pickup trucks of the 1980s. This limited-edition package is sure to capture the hearts of truck enthusiasts across generations. Let’s dive into the exciting features and details of the 2024 Nissan Frontier lineup.
The Frontier Hardbody Edition:
The 2024 Frontier Hardbody Edition embodies the spirit of Nissan’s 1980s truck heritage. Available exclusively on the Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×4, this edition features a range of design elements that harken back to the original Hardbody pickup. The retro-inspired decals, heritage-styled 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, sport bar, and black exterior trim create a distinctive and eye-catching appearance. Priced at $3,890, the Hardbody Edition adds a touch of nostalgia to the Frontier’s lineup.
Enhanced Features and Grades:
In addition to the Hardbody Edition, the 2024 Frontier offers an array of features and grades to cater to various customer preferences. The new SL grade on Crew Cab models combines luxurious elements such as LED lighting, leather-appointed seating, and a Fender® 10-speaker audio system. This highly equipped midsize truck reflects Nissan’s commitment to meeting the demands and desires of its customers.
Upgraded NissanConnect® Services:
Nissan has also enhanced the connectivity and convenience features of the 2024 Frontier. The available NissanConnect® Services now come with a three-year trial, providing an extended period for customers to experience the benefits. This telematics feature integrates with the MyNISSAN smartphone app and offers functions like remote door lock/unlock, remote engine start/stop, vehicle health reports, emergency calling, and Nissan Skill for Amazon Alexa®. These advanced features further enhance the Frontier’s appeal in the modern era.
Versatility and Customization:
The 2024 Nissan Frontier offers a wide range of options to suit individual needs. With various bed lengths, drivetrain configurations, and grades, shoppers can customize their Frontier according to their requirements. Whether it’s the PRO-X and PRO-4X models designed for off-road adventures or the King Cab and Crew Cab variants with different bed lengths, the Frontier provides versatility and flexibility for every kind of truck enthusiast.
Pricing and Availability:
Nissan has announced the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2024 Frontier, starting at $29,770 for the base Frontier S King Cab 4×2. The pricing varies depending on the model, trim, and drivetrain configuration. Interested buyers can visit the Nissan website or local dealerships for detailed pricing information.
With the introduction of the 2024 Nissan Frontier and the special Hardbody Edition, Nissan pays tribute to its rich truck heritage while incorporating modern features and design elements. The Frontier’s combination of ruggedness, technology, and customization options make it an appealing choice for truck enthusiasts. Whether you’re nostalgic for the 1980s Hardbody trucks or seeking a well-equipped midsize truck for your adventures, the 2024 Nissan Frontier is worth considering. Stay tuned for the release of this exciting lineup and experience the perfect blend of retro charm and contemporary innovation.
A Nostalgic Footnote:
When I was a young man fresh out of my teenage years and eager to explore the world, I remember seeing the new Nissan Hardbody truck being introduced. It was during a late winter day in 1986 in Southern California when my Dad, who owned a Datsun truck himself, took his vehicle for servicing at Gardena Nissan. It was there that I stumbled upon a stack of brochures and picked one up to read while we waited for Dad’s truck to be serviced. I remember telling my Dad that I would soon own one of these trucks, and by May of the following year, 1987, I indeed purchased a sleek, black E model.
Have you had a chance to read the article in Road & Track?: https://www.roadandtrack.com/news/a45140451/2024-nissan-frontier-hardbody-edition/
Hyundai 2024 Santa Cruz: Best Urban Pickup by Cars.com
“Hyundai’s 2024 Santa Cruz named Best Urban Pickup by Cars.com, blending adventure with practicality.”
Hyundai’s 2024 Santa Cruz has been named the Best Urban Pickup by Cars.com in their Pickup Truck Buying Guide. The Santa Cruz impressed Cars.com’s editors with its ability to combine adventure and practicality, as well as its range of desirable features. Ricky Lao, the director of product planning at Hyundai Motor America, expressed gratitude for the recognition and emphasized the brand’s commitment to innovative design, powerful drivetrains, driver convenience, and advanced safety features.
According to Aaron Bragman, Cars.com’s Detroit Bureau Chief, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is the ideal truck for urban environments. Its sleek and compact design, lockable hard-top tonneau cover, and comfortable ride make it a dream for city dwellers. Additionally, its Surround View Monitor makes parallel parking on narrow city streets a breeze.
To receive a Cars.com Top Pick designation, vehicles must demonstrate solid fuel economy, capability, and value. For pickup trucks, payload and towing capacities are also considered. Moreover, practical attributes that cater to family needs are taken into account, as many pickups are used for this purpose.
Cars.com Inc. is a leading automotive marketplace platform that connects car shoppers with sellers through digital solutions. Hyundai Motor America focuses on “Progress for Humanity” and offers a technology-rich lineup of cars, SUVs, and electrified vehicles to U.S. consumers. In 2022, Hyundai’s dealers sold over 724,000 vehicles in the U.S., with a significant portion produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. For more information, visit www.HyundaiNews.com.
2024 Nissan Sentra: Refreshed Styling & Premium Features at $20,630
“Discover the 2024 Nissan Sentra with refreshed styling, improved fuel economy, and premium features starting at $20,630.”
Introducing the 2024 Nissan Sentra: Fresh Style and Enhanced Features at an Affordable Price
Nissan has unveiled the refreshed 2024 Sentra, and it’s better than ever. With updated styling, improved fuel economy, and additional premium features, the new Sentra is ready to impress. Starting at just $20,630, this compact sedan offers great value for money.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the 2024 Sentra is its striking design. The front fascia has been reshaped, featuring a new interpretation of Nissan’s iconic V-motion grille. The headlights have been updated, and there’s a new 16-inch alloy wheel design. For those seeking a sportier look, the SR grade boasts red SR badges, a new 18-inch alloy wheel design, and dark chrome trim for the V-motion grille.
Under the hood, the Sentra is equipped with a smooth and responsive 2.0-liter inline-four engine. Combined with a new Xtronic CVT and the integration of Idle Stop Start technology, the Sentra delivers improved fuel efficiency. The S and SV grades achieve an impressive EPA-rated 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined, while the SR grade gets 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined.
Safety is a top priority for Nissan, and the 2024 Sentra comes equipped with Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard across all grades. This comprehensive suite of active safety technologies includes features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, and Rear Automatic Braking.
In terms of premium features, the SV Premium Package now includes an eight-speaker Bose Premium Audio system, Intelligent Around View Monitor, and exterior mirror turn signal indicators. These additions make the package even more appealing to Sentra buyers.
With a starting price of $20,630, the 2024 Nissan Sentra offers a range of options and upgrades to meet individual preferences. Whether you opt for the S, SV, or SR grade, you’ll find a sedan that combines style, efficiency, and advanced safety features.
To learn more about the 2024 Nissan Sentra and explore its full specifications, photos, and videos, visit the official Nissan website. Stay connected with Nissan through their social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube for the latest updates on their products, services, and commitment to sustainable mobility.
Read the original press release: Sporty refresh and new technology for 2024 Nissan Sentra
Source: NISSAN Motors
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