Number and Variety of Vehicles with Electronic Stability Control Increase in 2005 Model Year

What is ESC?

The best protection against crashes is to avoid them completely, but sometimes, even good drivers encounter circumstances that are out of their control.

Fortunately, a revolutionary active safety technology, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), serves as a vehicle's sixth sense by anticipating crashes before they occur and automatically intervening to prevent them.

ESC provides enhanced stability and control in all driving situations, significantly reducing the risk of a crash, especially on...

  • twisting, country roads or highway ramps
  • rainy, city streets
  • sand or gravel
  • hot, dry pavement
  • snow, sleet and ice

and during...

  • obstacle avoidance maneuvers
  • cornerning
  • accelerating
  • braking

ESC helps to prevent rollovers, skids, spins, and can keep your vehicle on the road.

ESC = the Easy Safety Choice.
It helps every driver drive better.

Over 100 Percent Increase in Economically Priced Vehicles Offering ESC as a Safety Option

DETROIT, Nov. 10 -- The Electronic Stability Control Coalition today announced that the availability of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) increased in model year 2005, as vehicle manufacturers either made the automotive safety feature standard or expanded its availability. Notedly, vehicles offering ESC that retail at or under $25,000 has increased by more than 100 percent, making this important technology a safety option for a wider variety of consumers. A full list of ESC equipped vehicles for the new model year is available on the Coalition's website http://www.esceducation.org/.

"The 2005 model year list includes more vehicles priced at or under $25,000 than ever before, which is great news for the average car buyer," said Rich Golitko, Chairman of the ESC Coalition. "We are encouraged that ESC availability is growing across the board and regard it as an important step toward reducing the number of crashes on America's roads."

ESC is an auto safety system that electronically assists drivers in critical driving situations by applying brakes to individual wheels when instability is detected. Several studies have proven the safety system's ability to help prevent crashes and save lives.

A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), concluded that ESC reduced single-vehicle crashes in passenger cars by 35 percent, and single-vehicle crashes in SUVs by 67 percent. Another study, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), found ESC effective in reducing the risk of fatal passenger vehicle crashes by 34 percent.

Earlier research data from the University of Iowa as well as Europe and Japan-available at http://www.esceducation.org/what_experts_say/industry_reports.shtml -- have corroborated these findings, which, together, lead to the conclusion that widespread installation of ESC in the U.S. could potentially save more than 7,000 lives each year.

"Extensive research demonstrates the value of ESC and therefore manufacturers have continued to increase the models with ESC availability," said Jim Gill, Vice Chairman of the ESC Coalition. "This translates into increasing choice for consumers and strengthens our resolve to educate drivers about the importance of requesting this life-saving technology when they are shopping for their next vehicle."

ESC is marketed under various trade names, which can be found at http://www.esceducation.org/.

The ESC Coalition was established in 2003 to inform consumers and other key audiences about the benefits of ESC systems. It is a joint effort of two of the largest automotive technology suppliers, Robert Bosch Corporation and Continental Teves. As leaders in the development and manufacture of ESC systems, both companies are working together to increase the general awareness of this potentially life saving technology.

2005 ESC Equipped Vehicles

The following is a list of Model Year 2005 vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as available equipment – either Standard or Optional – as reported to NHTSA by the vehicle manufacturers. Vehicle manufacturers may elect to make ESC available on other models during the model year. Check with your manufacturer.

 

Make

Model

Availability

ESC is Called


Acura

 

Acura 3.2 TL
Acura RL
Acura MDX
Acura TSX

 

Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Vehicle Stability
Assist (VSA)


Audi

 

Audi A4
Audi A6
Audi A8
Audi all-road Quattro
Audi TT

 

Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)


BMW

 

BMW 3 Series
BMW 5 Series
BMW 6 Series
BMW 7 Series
BMW M3
BMW X3
BMW X5
BMW Z4

 

Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC)


Buick

 

Buick LaCrosse
Buick LeSabre
Buick Park Avenue
Buick Terraza

 

Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

 

StabiliTrak


Cadillac

 

Cadillac CTS
Cadillac DeVille
Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade EXT
Cadillac ESV
Cadillac STS
Cadillac SRX
Cadillac XLR

 

Optional
Optional
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

StabiliTrak


Chevrolet

 

Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Express
   Passenger Van 3500
   (extended wheel base)
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Uplander

 

Optional
Standard
Standard


Optional
Optional
Optional

 

StabiliTrak
Active Handling
StabiliTrak


StabiliTrak
StabiliTrak
StabiliTrak


Chrysler

 

Chrysler 300
Chrysler Crossfire Coupe

 

Optional
Standard

 

Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)


Dodge

 

Magnum

 

Optional

 

Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)


Ford

 

Ford Expedition
Ford Explorer
Ford Freestar

 

Optional
Standard
Optional

 

AdvanceTrac


GMC

 

GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon Denali
GMC Yukon XL
GMC Yukon XL Denali
GMC Savana Passenger Van
(extended wheel base)

 

Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Standard

 

StabiliTrak


Honda

 

CR-V
Odyssey
Pilot

 

Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Electronic Stability
Control (ESC)


Infiniti

 

Infiniti FX35
Infiniti FX45
Infiniti G35
Infiniti Q45
Infiniti QX56

 

Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Vehicle Dynamic
Control (VDC)


Jaguar

 

Jaguar S-Type
Jaguar XJ Series
Jaguar XK Series
Jaguar X-Type

 

Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC)


Jeep

 

Grand Cherokee

 

Optional

 

Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)


Kia

  Kia Amanti
Kia Sportage
  Optional
Optional
  Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)

Land Rover

 

Land Rover
Range Rover Land Rover LR3

 

Standard
Standard

 

Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC)


Lexus

 

Lexus ES 330
Lexus GS 300
Lexus GS 430
Lexus GX 470
Lexus IS 300
Lexus LS 430
Lexus LX 470
Lexus RX 330
Lexus RX 400h
Lexus SC 430

 

Optional
Standard
Standard
Standard
Optional
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Vehicle Skid Control
(VSC)


Lincoln

 

Lincoln Aviator
Lincoln LS
Lincoln Navigator

 

Standard
Optional
Standard

 

AdvanceTrac


Mazda

 

Mazda RX-8

 

Optional

 

Dynamic Stability
Control


Mercedes-Benz

 

C-Class
CLK-Class
E-Class
G-Class
M-Class
S-Class
SL-Class
SLK-Class
SLR-Class

 

Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)


Mercury

 

Mountaineer
Monterey

 

Standard
Optional

 

AdvanceTrac


MINI

 

MINI Cooper

 

Optional

 

Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC)


Mitsubishi

 

Mitsubishi Montero
Mitsubishi Endeavor

 

Standard
Optional

 

Active Skid and
Traction Control
MULTIMODE TM


Nissan

 

Nissan Armada
Nissan 350 Z
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Murano
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Quest
Nissan Titan
Nissan Xterra

 

Standard
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Standard
Optional
Optional
Optional

 

Vehicle Dynamic
Control (VDC)


Pontiac

 

Pontiac Bonneville SSEi
Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac Montana SV6
Pontiac Vibe

 

Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

 

StabiliTrak


Porsche

 

Porsche 911
Porsche Boxster
Porsche Cayenne

 

Optional
Optional
Standard

 

Porsche Stability
Management (PSM)


Saab

 

Saab 9-3
Saab 9-5
Saab 9-7x

 

Standard
Standard
Standard

 

Electronic Stability
Program (ESP)


Saturn

  Relay   Optional   StabiliTrak

Subaru

 

Subaru Outback

 

Optional

 

Vehicle Dynamics
Control System
(VDCS)


Toyota

 

Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Camry/Solara
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Matrix
Toyota Prius
Toyota RAV4
Toyota Scion xB
Toyota Sequoia
Toyota Sienna
Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tundra

 

Standard
Optional
Optional
Optional
Standard
Standard
Optional
Optional
Optional
Standard
Standard
Optional
Optional
Optional

 

Vehicle Skid Control
(VSC)


Volkswagen

 

Volkswagen Golf/GTI
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Phaeton
Volkswagen Touareg

 

Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Standard
Standard

 

Electronic Stabilization
Program (ESP)


Volvo

 

Volvo S70/V70
Volvo S40/V40
Volvo V50
Volvo S60
Volvo S80
Volvo XC70
Volvo XC90

 

Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Standard

 

Dynamic Stability and
Traction Control
(DSTC)

ESC Coalition Mission Statement

The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Coalition was formed in 2003 with the mission of educating consumers and other key audiences about the revolutionary active safety technology known as ESC. The ESC Coalition members believe that the widespread installation of ESC systems can play a significant role in helping to prevent crashes on America's roads. The Coalition seeks to increase the public's general awareness of this milestone in automotive safety. Through a national education campaign, the ESC Coalition aims to provide consumers with comprehensive information on ESC, including educational materials, technical data, video demonstrations, industry studies, and news about ESC.

For additional information on the ESC Coalition, please visit http://www.esceducation.org/.

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