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Mazda to make i-Activsense standard for 5 regular models

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A Mazda CX-5 car is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva on March 8.

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Mazda Motor Corp. said Monday that the Japanese automaker will equip its five popular models with the i-Activsense advanced safety system as a standard feature by March 2018.

The five are the Demio and Axela subcompact cars, the Atenza compact sedan and the CX-3 and CX-5 sport-utility vehicles.

Automakers tend to make their respective cutting-edge safety technologies, such as collision prevention systems, standard equipment only for high-end models, not lower-grade models like these five.

But a Mazda public relations official said the company “aims to meet growing demand from safety-conscious customers ahead of its rivals.”

Given the increasing number of elderly drivers in Japan, other makers may follow suit, an industry watcher said.

The i-Activsense system’s functions include prevention of collisions at low and middle speeds, reduction of accidents caused by sudden acceleration and warning of another vehicle coming from the next lane.Speech

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