Continental is launching production of several new electronic stability control (ESC) programmes in North America for model year 2006 vehicles.

Currently there are 51 model year 2006 vehicles in North America now available with Continental’s ESC, an increase of eleven models over last year. ESC growth is part of a broader overall trend of an increase in the use of electronic brake systems in the North American automotive market – more than 75% of all vehicles will now have an electronic brake system, which includes anti-lock brakes and traction control. ESC works as a component of the electronic brake system to help reduce the risk of serious crashes, including rollovers.

Continental projects that it will supply more than 2.2 million ESC units to automakers in North America in calendar year 2006, an increase more than 80% over expected deliveries for calendar year 2005.

Continental has begun or will soon begin production of ESC systems on nine new model year 2006 vehicles in North America and will continue to provide ESC to a number of automakers as carry-over programs from model year 2005 vehicles.