Always looking for ways to one-up its Japanese competitors, Hyundai
has announced that a brake override system will be standard equipment on its full line of vehicles, starting this month.
Truth be told, every 2012 Hyundai model save for the Elantra Touring
a brake override system fitted. So why the announcement, and why now? Well, other than just tweaking Toyota
, whose unintended acceleration
problems led to widespread recalls
, a Congressional investigation
, and prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
to propose requiring brake override systems on all new cars
, the announcement likely has more to do with the end of Elantra Touring production than it does with anything else.
The old Hyundai i30
, on which the Elantra Touring was based, has been redesigned, and reviews of the new model have already started showing up on foreign automotive websites
. We won't get our version of the i30, dubbed Elantra GT
here in the U.S., until later in the summer.
We'll be driving the GT in June and we promise to issue a full report, though we're going to try to avoid testing this new technology.