Small Cars Put Emphasis on Safety at 2015 New York Auto Show | Edmunds

Small Cars Put Emphasis on Safety at 2015 New York Auto Show

NEW YORK — A common theme among the small, affordable cars introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show is an emphasis on sophisticated safety features previously seen only on larger, more expensive vehicles. The small car debuts in the Big Apple include the 2016 Chevrolet Spark, Smart Fortwo and Scion iA.

General Motors touted the new optional safety features on the 2016 Spark hatchback, including side blind spot alert, lane-departure warning and forward collision alert.

"New active safety features can help drivers avoid collisions through camera-based technology, providing alerts to possible collision threats," GM said in a statement.

A rear-vision camera system is standard on Spark and rear park assist is optional.

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015. Pricing has not been announced.

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Smart Fortwo hatchback includes antilock brakes, traction control and stability control. Crosswind Assist is standard, too. It brakes the car when it threatens to drift off track, requiring less counter-steering effort by the driver. This feature is active from 50 mph when driving straight ahead and in gentle bends.

Forward collision warning is optional.

The 2016 Smart Fortwo will arrive at Smart dealerships in September.

The new 2016 Scion iA sedan gets a standard low-speed pre-collision system that uses a laser sensor to help the driver avoid collisions and to minimize damage in the event of a crash. A rearview camera is also standard.

The 2016 Scion iA is expected to arrive at Scion dealerships in the fall.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers in the small-car segment this fall get some peace of mind knowing that there is no skimping on safety features on several of the new models.

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