The Road Ahead : October November 2008
From Concept To Realisation Fully committed to your safety Safety ESP, ABS, Brake Assist, Airbags, Seatbelt Pre-Tensioner and Belt Force Limiter A safe ride the number one priority To Realisation From Concept Volkswagen’s vehicles are now safer than ever. Even in extreme conditions, safety technologies such as the Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist, combine to keep you in control and help avoid an accident. Technologies such as Airbags, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioner and Belt Force Limiter Safety features are also a top priority. ESP helps ensure that the vehicle goes where you steer it in all driving conditions. ESP will apply the brakes to individual wheels and automatically adjust the engine’s power output to correct the problem. EBD ensures a more sophisticated means of regulating the ratio of front/ rear brake pressure. Settings are varied according to driving and load conditions to ensure each wheel is braked to the optimum extend. ABS keeps the vehicle steerable when braking hard so that the driver can steer around an obstacle and avoid a collision. It is, of course, safer to come to a standstill in front of the obstacle and this is where the Volkswagen brake assist systems come into play. The systems identify emergency braking and apply optimal brake force, significantly shortening braking distance. The hazard warning lights also switch on automatically during emergency braking. In the event of a collision, front and rear crumple zones absorb the energy of an impact and divert the resulting forces around the passenger safety cell. Every occupant is protected by a three-point seat belt, head restraint and a compliment of airbags. The front seat belts are fitted with built-in pre-tensioners, placing your body in the ideal position for airbag deployment. Belt force limiters reduce the risk of injuries caused by the seatbelt.
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