Electronic Stability Control

Accident data shows that Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can significantly reduce the likelihood of being involved in loss-of-control crashes.

The ESC system uses sensors in the vehicle to compare differences between the car’s actual course and the driver’s steering wheel input. If the onboard computer senses that loss of control is imminent, the system automatically reduces engine power, and may apply braking to individual wheels to assist the driver to bring the car back to its intended course.

The ESC software is programmed after exhaustive tests in a variety driving conditions. While many systems can be switched off, it recommended that the driver leaves the system on as emergency situations can occur at any time – often without warning.

The availability and uptake of ESC systems in new passenger vehicles is increasing rapidly.  Latest figures released by the FCAI in 2009 show 65.6 per cent of new passenger cars and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) were fitted with ESC – a 12.1 per cent increase on the previous year.

On 22 June 2009, the Australian Government announced the introduction of an Australian Design Rule, based on Global Technical Regulation No.8, for the mandatory fitting of ESC to passenger cars and SUVs from November 2011 (for new models) and November 2013 (for all vehicles).

The FCAI supports the ADR, as it delivers nationally consistent regulations for ESC that are harmonised with international regulations.

For the information of motorists and other stakeholders, the FCAI provides a list of vehicle models available with ESC.

VEHICLE MODELS AVAILABLE WITH ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

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Alfa RomeoAllX 
Aston MartinAllX 
AudiAllX 
BentleyAllX 
BMWAllX 
ChryslerSebringX 

300CX 

CrossfireX 

Voyager RTX 
CitroenC2 VTSX 

C4 PicassoX 

C4 except 1.6lX 

C5X 

C6X 
DodgeCaliber X

NitroX 

AvengerX 

JourneyX 
FerrariAllX 
FiatPunto 1.4 and 1.3 JTDm Dynamic X

Punto 1.9 JTDm Emotion and SportX 
FordAll MondeoX 

All TerritoryX 

All FalconX 

All Focus except CLX 

Focus CL X

All Fiesta except CL and LXX 

Fiesta CL and LX X
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GM HoldenAll VE UteX 

All VE Commodore V6 & V8 sedanX 

Statesman, Caprice V6 & V8X 

ALL AstraX 

Vectra CDXiX 

AdventraX 

CaptivaX 

EpicaX 
HondaALL AccordX 

CRVX 

LegendX 

S2000X 

ALL CivicX 

OdysseyX 
HSVAllX 
HummerH3X 
HyundaiAll i30X

All i30cw WagonX 

All ElantraX

Getz SX
X 

Getz S
 X

Accent SLX X

All GrandeurX 

All TucsonX

All Sante FeX 

All Sonata
X 

All TiburonX 

Hyundai iLoad CRDi X

Hyundai iMax CRDiX 
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JaguarALLX 
JeepCherokeeX 

Grand CherokeeX 

CommanderX 

CompassX 

WranglerX 

PatriotX 
KiaMagentisX 

Sportage EX CRDiX 

Sportage except EX CRDi X

Sorento EX & EX-LX 

Carnival Safety PackX 

Grand Carnival PremiumX 

Grand Carnival PackX 
Land RoverALLX 
LexusALLX 
MaseratiALLX 
MazdaALLX
Mercedes BenzALLX 
MINIALLX 
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MitsubishiAll CJ LancerX 

PajeroX 

Evo IXX 

Colt RalliartX 

Colt Cabriolet TurboX 

All OutlanderX 
NissanT31 XTrailX 

J10 Dualis TiX 

J10 Dualis ST X

350Z TrackX 

MaximaX 

MuranoX 

Pathfinder except STX 
Peugeot207 LeMans,, 207 GTi, 207CC TurboX 

All other 207 X

All 307 CCX 

308 with 1.6l non-turbo X

All other 308X 

All 407X 

Partner X

Expert X
PorscheALL except GT3X 
RenaultALLX 
Rolls RoyceALLX 
SaabALLX 
SkodaAll RoomsterX 

All OctaviaX 
SmartALLX 
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SsangYongActyon Ltd EditionX 

Rexton Ltd EditionX 

Kyron 3.2lX 

Stavic Ltd EditionX 

ChairmanX 
SubaruALLX 
SuzukiSwift SportX 

Grand Vitara PrestigeX 
ToyotaALL AurionX 

All Camry 40 SeriesX 

Prius 20 Series i-TechX 

All KlugerX 

Tarago 50 Series Gli X

Tarago 50 Series GLXX 

Tarago 50 Series V6X 

RAV4 30 Series Cruiser/Cruiser LX 

All RAV4 30 Series V6X 

Prado 120 Series VX (Auto)X 

Prado 120 Series Grande (Auto)X 

Prado 120 Series Standard (Auto) X

Prado 120 Series GX (Auto) X

Prado 120 Series GXL (Auto) X

Landcruiser 200 SeriesX 
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VolkswagenPolo GTIX 

All GolfX 

All JettaX 

All New BeetleX 

All PassatX 

All TouaregX 

EOSX 

Crafter X
VolvoALL VolvoX