At the 2012 New York Auto Show, Subaru introduced its EyeSight driver assistance system, which integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning. The system uses a pair of CCD (charge-coupled device) cameras mounted at the top of the windshield inside the car, adjacent to the rearview mirror. According to Subaru press information, the EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other items. The video information is relayed to the EyeSight computer, which is also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. Below speeds of approximately 19mph, EyeSight is capable of detecting pedestrians in the vehicle’s path and can activate in order to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, Eyesight is able to bring the car to a complete stop, thus avoiding a collision.
In the past, before pickup trucks meant big business and billions of dollars in profits for their makers, pickups changed generations at a glacially slow pace. GM’s full-size pickups waited eight model years for their first mid-cycle update (1973-1981) and remained on the market for a ridiculously-steady 15 model years. But the world is different today, and the pace of change is much faster in the full-size truck market.
When the 2014 Subaru Forester was introduced last year at the LA Auto Show, it looked to be a solid improvement over the already-successful outgoing Forester model, with increased interior room, improved ergonomics and materials, better fuel economy, and a long list of available safety and comfort features. Living in the Northwest, where the Forester and its Subaru stablemates are extremely popular, I was eager to see how the new Forester stacked up.
Following the release of its big brother, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, as well as a torrent of criticism that has followed the current generation Malibu since its launch back in 2012. Chevrolet has pulled the veil off of the refreshed 2014 Malibu sedan which aims to silence its critics with its new styling and to bring the model in line with the brand’s new design language that debuted on the Impala. Malibu sales have trailed those of key rivals since the launch of the current generation.
Following a leak of images earlier yesterday, BMW has officially unveiled the 2014 BMW X5 which is an evolutionary update of the X5 that features revised exterior styling as well as a reworked cabin that promises to give buyers better versatility and luxury.