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New Vauxhall Insignia Details - (UK) - Innovation

July 23rd, 2008




INNOVATION

- New generation AFL caters for diverse driving conditions
- Vauxhall Front Camera System assists drivers without intervention
- Insignia’s seats receive seal of approval from ergonomics experts

New generation AFL

Vauxhall has continually developed its Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) since the first generation system appeared in 2003. The Insignia features the latest generation of this system employing powerful bi-xenon headlamps. Using sophisticated algorithms, the light beam distribution of the headlamps automatically adjusts to the road profile and prevailing visibility conditions. The Insignia offers nine light beam settings -- town, pedestrian area, country, motorway, adverse weather, static cornering, dynamic curve, high beam and LED daytime running light – increasing visibility and making driving safer.

The Insignia’s front LED daytime running lights, which consume considerably less energy, and thereby fuel, than using normal headlamps. The wing-shaped signature light graphics in the front and the rear give the Insignia a distinctive look both day and night.

Front Camera System

The Insignia will be the first Vauxhall to use the Front Camera System, a camera that aids drivers in two different ways. The Traffic Sign Recognition function reads speed limit and no-passing signs and displays them on the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when they unintentionally veer out of their lane. Together, these two integrated systems improve driving safety, reduce stress and can even prevent costly speeding tickets.

The Insignia can detect road signs and lane markings thanks to a high-resolution wide-angle camera mounted on the windscreen, which takes 30 pictures per second. Those images are then filtered by two signal processors with the help of proprietary GM software. If a match occurs, the speed limits and no-passing road signs are displayed as a symbol in the centre of the instrument panel between the main dials. The information can be recalled with the push of a button situated on the steering wheel.

The camera also checks whether drivers stay in their chosen lane on the highway. This helps prevent a dangerous situation such as drivers falling asleep at the wheel by warning them with a gong sound and a blinking signal on the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign recognition systems can be deactivated via a button on the steering wheel.

These new features enhance driving excitement by informing drivers without intervening in the driving experience.

New seats - more comfort and optimal ergonomics

GM Europe engineers have used the most up-to-date technology to develop new front seats for the Vauxhall Insignia, improving safety as well as comfort and posture. Petite and large drivers alike will find Insignia’s seats safe and comfortable thanks to the extended range of settings, including a height adjustment range of 65mm. And at 175mm, the seat back thickness is two centimeters thicker than on previous Vauxhalls, improving comfort still further.

All Insignias have electric height and four-way electric lumbar adjustment for front seat occupants, while fore and aft power adjustment and seat fan ventilation are optional. Engineers have greatly enhanced the ventilation operation helping to lower noise level and improved performance from a suction-based design. The new Insignia also features latest-generation active head restraints as standard, providing front occupants with highly effective protection against whiplash injuries.

In the Insignia SRi, occupants can extend the length of the front seats cushion up to three centimeters, by a pull-out front section, and also tilt the cushion by three degrees for added comfort.

The orthopedic benefits of the sport seats were awarded a much coveted seal of approval from Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V – an independent panel of ergonomics experts and doctors in Germany.

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