ROLLE, Switzerland (November 25, 2009) - EuroNCAP’s awarding of the maximum five stars to the FX, confirmed today, is an endorsement of the holistic, high-tech approach to safety that Infiniti takes with all its models.
The high-performance luxury crossover from Japan is the first Infiniti ever to face EuroNCAP’s crash barrier – as well as the first luxury SUV to be assessed under this year’s more rigorous new system and therefore the only one to be award five stars under it.
The results – from the world’s most demanding independent crash test organisation – are testament to the engineers’ efforts and the commitment to road safety that’s been at the heart of Infiniti since the company was formed 20 years ago. At Infiniti, dedicated engineering teams are involved from the design stage to ensure every new model not only surpasses all known standards but also leads the way in introducing new safety technologies for the future.
In the tests for 2009, EuroNCAP considers a new “safety assist” element in determining star ratings. The FX recorded a remarkable 99% – a reflection of both its highly advanced safety systems and the fact that the majority of them are standard in every version.
In this safety assist category, EuroNCAP awarded the FX extra points for its standard stability control system, seat-belt reminders for all seats and its driver-set speed limiter – all features present in every FX. But the luxury marque’s holistic approach to safety means EuroNCAP could have taken many more driver aids into account besides: for example the FX’s standard seat-belt pretensioners that act to grip the front seat occupants under fast manoeuvres, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic driving position system, intelligent all-wheel drive and adaptive front lighting system with Xenon headlights.
On the FX50S, the standard intelligent cruise control and brake assist, Around View Monitor, Rear Active Steer and tyre pressure monitoring are all equally designed to assist the driver in ensuring that all occupants, and other road users, stay safe.
This array of often world-first technology is a large step towards Infiniti’s goal of an invisible bubble of protection all around the vehicle. Known as Safety Shield, it is the subject of ongoing development for all models in the Infiniti range and is a key factor in Infiniti’s aim to reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents involving Infiniti vehicles.
Drawing on the resources of Infiniti’s parent group and based on analysis of real-world accidents, Safety Shield integrates the safety systems in order to manage all accident phases, from risk identification to post-crash. Infiniti engineers believe a safe car is not just one that performs well in crash tests, but also one that helps the driver avoid the accident in the first place.
Many of the Safety Shield technologies are available today, many more are coming soon, including systems designed to help prevent collisions in lane-change and reversing situations. Side Collision Prevention uses sensors that constantly measure the distance to, and relative speed of, any vehicle in an adjacent lane approaching from behind. If the driver steers into its path and doesn’t heed the audible and visual alerts, a slight “yaw” effect is generated that brings the car back into the safety of its own lane automatically. In Back-up Collision Prevention, the car will automatically bring itself to a stop if there is a danger of the car reversing into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Technology like this is in addition to a designed-in strength which, according to EuroNCAP, earns its five stars in the FX by effectively minimizing the risk to occupants if an accident should occur. In the crash tests, EuroNCAP awarded the FX 86% for the safety of adult occupants and 77% for the safety of child occupants, both figures demonstrating the integrity of the FX’s construction. Infiniti engineers made the new FX body particularly rigid, 1.6 times more resistant to twisting and 3.4 times more resistant to bending than the previous-generation model.
Also contributing to the FX’s five-star result were its complement of front, side and head airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchorage points in both outer rear seats.
The five-star EuroNCAP Infiniti FX went on sale in the UK in September 2009, with prices from £42,600.
A-Z OF INFINITI FX SAFETY
Adaptive Front Lighting (standard on all)
Lights up the road through corners. AFS uses bi-Xenon headlights that turn (by up to 17 degrees) with the steering wheel to help the driver see around bends at night. The lighting pattern and aim are controlled automatically.
Around View Monitor (standard on FX50S, optional on FX37GT and FX37S)
Allows perfect peace of mind when manoeuvring. This first-in-class technology takes the idea of a rear parking camera a stage further with wide-angle cameras mounted on the car’s front, back and sides. Advanced image processing provides a unique 360-degree view that shows, for example, any obstacles – or children – on the ground around the vehicle. On FX37 models, Around View Monitor costs £850 (only with Connectiviti+).
Automatic Camera Warning (standard with Connectiviti+)
Gives early warning of danger zones. An integral feature of the fully featured and easy to use Connectiviti+ satnav and multimedia system (standard on FX50S, £1700 as upgrade on FX37 models), this facility provides automatic warning of stationary speed, average speed and red light cameras, helpfully displaying the prevailing speed limit on the dashboard at the same time.
Intelligent all-wheel-drive (standard on all)
Guarantees greater grip and security on slippery surfaces. ATTESA E-TS stands for Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split and is among the foremost intelligently-controlled all-wheel drive systems in production. The power is constantly being adjusted, from 50 per cent to the front to up to 100 per cent to the rear.
Intelligent Brake Assist (standard on FX50S, optional on FX37GT and FX37S),
Mitigates damage in nose-to-tail crashes. If IBA detects that a collision with a car in front is imminent it first warns the driver and then brakes the car itself if the driver fails to respond. IBA is an integral part of Intelligent Cruise Control and on the FX37 models the two features together cost just £850. On all models in the FX range, ventilated discs are fitted front and rear and feature Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).
Intelligent Cruise Control - full speed range (standard on FX50S, optional on FX37GT and FX37S)
Ensures you are never dangerously close to the vehicle in front when the cruise control is operating. This system uses laser sensors to maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead. The latest, full speed range version of ICC operates at any speed between 0-112mph.
Rear Active Steer (standard on FX50S)
Enhances high-speed stability. Unlike passive rear steering systems, the Infiniti system features precise, electric motor-driven control to turn the rear wheels up to one degree. The first system of its kind available in an SUV.
Improves handling. Apart from being extremely strong, the FX’s
under-body architecture offers ideal front-to-rear weight balance and a relatively low centre of gravity, both to the benefit of safer cornering.
The Infiniti owner’s guarantee that their car is working 24/7 to keep them safe. Every Infiniti safety technology is developed to be an integral part of the all-encompassing Safety Shield. It operates like a 360-degree bubble of protection around the vehicle, identifying risks, giving the driver warnings, being pro-active when necessary and helping minimize damage and injuries if an impact becomes unavoidable.
Reduces risk of injury in crashes. The FX’s body is 1.6 times more resistant to twisting and 3.4 times more resistant to bending than that of the previous-generation model.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring (standard on all)
Provides totals confidence in condition of the tyres. Transmitters inside each wheel send the air pressures of all four tyres to a dashboard display where the driver can see in an instant if there is a problem. A warning lamp automatically comes on if any one tyre falls below 75 per cent of normal pressure.
Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control (standard on all)
Helps prevent skids and improve traction. Infiniti’s stability control incorporates electronic safeguards against wheelspin and understeer/oversteer situations on slippery roads. The system automatically adjusts brake pressure and engine torque, helping the driver keep the vehicle on its intended path.
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