Bosch’s electronic stability control system has been saving lives for 25 years

In 1995, Bosch launched the industry’s first electronic stability control system in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In the ensuing 25 years, the system has gone from a high-tech gadget for luxury cars to a mandatory feature for all cars sold in the United States. The system has saved 15,000 lives and prevented just under half a million crashes that would have involved personal injuries, Bosch claimed in a press release Tuesday.

Development of electronic stability control—which manipulates engine torque and a car’s brakes to counteract skidding—began in 1983. Looking for a way to improve stability while braking hard in corners, engineers experimented with individual wheel slip, using a modified anti-lock braking system.

Bosch continued to develop the technology through the end of the 1980s, partnering with Mercedes parent Daimler in 1992 to put stability control into production. The system debuted on the S-Class in 1995, but was initially standard equipment

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5 Car Lease Strategies You Didn’t Know About

3. Extend your lease month to month until you are ready to get your next car.

Some people panic as the end of their lease approaches because they don’t have a new car lined up. They’re worried about making a bad vehicle choice as the clock is ticking.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Most leasing companies are happy to extend an expiring lease, which can give you some breathing room and time to make the right vehicle choice.

Some lenders will allow for a simple month-to-month extension. Other companies may want you to sign up for extensions for predetermined periods of time, such as three or six months. Most lenders will cap your extension at 12 months. Your monthly payments will stay the same, and your allotted miles per month won’t change.

A lease extension is pretty easy to arrange. Usually, a single phone call to your lender

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These Five Strange, Rebadged Cars are Automotive Mashups Gone Wrong

Remember our coverage of the very, very strange GMC Chevette? The imagery of the red GMC badge adorning the front grille of an honest-to-goodness sedan was so jarring, we had to track down some more strange examples of platform engineering and badge swaps. Weird cars, indeed, but admittedly none of these are going to hit with the same bone-shaking shock as the GMC. Still, these co-branded vehicular weirdos should keep you up for at least a few nights.

1989-1997 Volkswagen Taro

While a Volkswagen with a truck bed is hardly shocking or the most extreme of weird cars—think VW Rabbit pickup and the current Amarok—the Taro’s clean, upright, straight-edge lines might look strangely familiar. Surprise! It’s nothing more than a rebadged Toyota Hilux. Offered by VW’s commercial division, the Taro was a joint venture between the two automakers as a two-pronged solution to each

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