Austin Rover and Renault have simultaneously brought full electronic instrumentation with voice synthesis back up to high volume popular-priced cars. The first in Europe, these solid-state systems are for top models of the new mid-range Maestro and the Renault 11 hatchback version of the Renault 9/Alliance. They are directly comparable but differ primarily in the use of dedicated vacuum fluorescent displays by the British, and multi-function liquid crystals in the French car. The Maestro dashboard includes a trip computer incorporated in the synthesizer, and has separate microcomputers controlling the two modules. The Renault electronic system is based on two microprocessors providing the necessary memory and calculating capacities. The dashboard layout is more comprehensive and technically complex than on the Maestro and this instrumentation is combined with an elaborate stereo system as a complete model package.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 73-78
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 91
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00385129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 749
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM