Automakers Offering New Safety, Comfort and Convenience Features for 2014

The 2014 model year promises to be an exciting one, replete with new features designed to make the driving experience more comfortable, safer, and more fuel efficient.

The redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is just one example of the lengths to which automakers are going in upping the technological bar.  When it comes to creature comforts, the new S-Class leads the class, with features like heated armrests and center consoles, a customizable fragrance dispenser and seats that provide a gentle massage.

The 2014 Mercedes E-Class will feature cameras and sensors that will help keep the vehicle centered in the lane and automatically apply the brakes to help avoid collisions with obstructions in the road ahead. The E-Class will also feature adaptive cruise control that can operate even in slow-moving, stop and go traffic.

Volvo’s 2014 S60 and XC60 crossover models will be equipped with a system designed to help motorists avoid collisions with pedestrians and bikers. The Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake system alerts the driver, and applies the brake if he responds too slowly to the appearance of a pedestrian or cyclist in the vehicle’s path.

The 2014 Mazda6 will be available with an optional kinetic energy recovery system that recovers energy that would otherwise be lost, and stores it for future use by the vehicle’s electrical components. The i-ELOOP (short for “intelligent energy loop”) system will be available on the top-of-the-line model for an extra $2,000.

Kia’s 2014 Cadenza sedan will feature “hydrophobic” side windows which repel water to improve visibility in rainy weather.

Nissan Motor Company’s 2014 Infiniti Q50 will feature the automaker’s i-Key technology which allows up to four individuals to customize a variety of operating preferences, including mirror and seating adjustments, as well as climate, entertainment and navigation settings.

Motorists with small children will no doubt appreciate Honda Motor Company’s HondaVAC; a built-in vacuum cleaner available on the 2014 Touring Elite version of its popular Odyssey minivan.  The system features a canister bag, replaceable filter, a variety of attachments, and a hose that can extend to reach the entire passenger compartment.

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