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Volkswagen Adds Collision Avoidance for 2016

July 29, 2015

Image of active lane departure warning system courtesy of Volkswagen. 
Image of active lane departure warning system courtesy of Volkswagen.

For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen is broadening the availability of a host of driver assistance systems that were previously available only for the Touareg SUV, the automaker said.

Features including forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking (Front Assist), adaptive cruise control, the Parking Steering Assistant (park assist), and an active lane departure warning system will be available for 2016 model-year Beetle, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and Jetta vehicles. Availability depends on model and trim line selected.

Additionally, all Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Jetta models are adding the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which was already added as standard equipment on the Touareg and Golf models. This safety system uses information from the air bag sensors to help prevent secondary collisions.

Analysis of crash data in Germany revealed that around 14 percent of accidents involve a secondary collision after an initial impact. As a result, Volkswagen engineers designed the system to help avoid them.

With a re-alignment of trim lines throughout the MY 2016 lineup, rearview cameras are now fitted as standard to more than 85 percent of Volkswagen models.

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