General Motors vehicles equipped with the available Front Automatic Braking system earned superior ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rating program on front crash prevention. The models are Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala.
IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby remarked that the institute applauds the carmaker’s commitment to making Front Automatic Braking system available not only on Cadillac units, but also on Chevrolet and Buick vehicles.
The IIHS had recognized GM for front end safety and granted the 2014 Top Safety Pick + on the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, and Chevrolet Malibu with available forward collision alert. Out of nine midsize SUVs that IIHS evaluated in IIHS’s small overlap front crash test, only the Equinox and the Terrain earned “Good” ratings.
GM’s Front Automatic Braking system can apply brakes when it detects an impending crash and the driver has yet to take action. The system, if needed, would hard brake to help lessen the impact of the crash, or assist the driver to avoid the crash.
Forward Collision Alert, meanwhile, employs a camera and sensors that help determine when a driver is getting too close to a vehicle in front. When such incident occurs, the system will send an alert to the driver through visual cues on the dashboard and through audible signals.
The Safety Alert Seat, on the other hand, sends a vibrating pulse on both sides of the seat when it detects a collision threat in front.
An upscale mid-sized car, the Buick Regal was first introduced for the 1973 model year. However, the very first Regal wasn’t a premium sedan, but a highly trimmed, two-door personal luxury coupe. North American production of Buick ended in 2004, and was replaced in 2005 by the Buick LaCrosse. Buick re-introduced the fifth generation of the Regal to the North American market for the 2011 model year.
Now in its third generation, the Cadillac CTS was introduced in 2013 as a 2014 model. While featuring the CTS name, the third-generation mid-size luxury car is closer in size and market position to the former Cadillac STS.
Cadillac introduced the XTS – which means X-Series Touring Sedan -- full-size luxury sedan as a 2013 model. Underpinned by an enlarged version of the Epsilon II platform, the XTS replaces serves as a replacement the Cadillac STS and DTS. In terms of size, the XTS is smaller than the DTS but larger than the STS.
The Chevrolet Impala is currently in its ninth generation, which was introduced at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is underpinned by the updated GM W Platform.