November 15, 2004
GM makes electronic stability control standard on all its SUVs
Detroit, Michigan – General Motors announced it will make electronic stability control standard on 1.3 million sport utility vehicles beginning immediately on light-duty full-size SUVs followed by midsize SUVs in 2005.
Recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both indicated that the widespread application of electronic stability control to the vehicle fleet could result in a significant safety benefit.
“General Motors was the first automaker to offer electronic stability control, under the brand name, StabiliTrak, in full-size sport utilities,” said GM North America President Gary Cowger. “Except for the growing use of seat belts, we have rarely seen a technology that brings such a positive safety benefit to the driving public,” Cowger said.
GM began installing electronic stability control in passenger cars in 1997 and currently has 2 million ESC-equipped vehicles on the road today.
Vehicles included in the announcement: Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and Avalanche and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Hummer H2 will get ESC in 2006. The Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT and ESV and the GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali already feature standard electronic stability control.
Midsize utilities that will get ESC beginning in 2005 include Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and TrailBlazer EXT; GMC Envoy, Envoy XL and Envoy XUV, Hummer H3 and Saab 9-7X and Buick Rainier.
Electronic stability control helps a driver maintain vehicle control during certain difficult driving conditions, such as ice, snow, gravel, wet pavement and uneven road surfaces, as well as in emergency lane changes or avoidance manoeuvres.