Electronic stability program
(ESC) with understeer control
and traction control
Electronic stability control ESC
This system helps you to keep control
of the vehicle in critical driving condi-
tions (avoiding an obstacle, loss of grip
on a bend, etc.).
A sensor in the steering wheel detects
the direction selected by the driver.
Other sensors throughout the vehicle
measure the actual direction.
The system compares driver input to
the actual trajectory of the vehicle and
corrects the trajectory if necessary by
controlling the braking of certain wheels
and/or engine power. In the event that
the system is engaged, indicator light
flashes on the instrument panel.
DRIVING CORRECTION DEVICES AND AIDS (2/5)
This system optimises the action of the
ESC in the case of pronounced un-
dersteer (loss of front axle road hol-
This system helps to limit wheelspin of
the drive wheels and to control the vehi-
cle when pulling away accelerating or
Using the wheel sensors, the system
measures and compares the speed of
the drive wheels at all times and slows
down their over-rotation. If a wheel is
starting to slip, the system brakes au-
tomatically until the drive supplied be-
comes compatible with the level of grip
under the wheel again.
The system also adjusts the engine
speed to the grip available under the
wheels, independently of the pressure
exerted on the accelerator pedal.
These functions are an ad-
ditional aid in the event of
critical driving conditions,
enabling the vehicle beha-
viour to be adapted to suit the dri-
However, the functions do not take
the place of the driver. They do
not increase the vehicle’s limits
and should not encourage you
to drive more quickly. Therefore,
they can under no circumstances
replace the vigilance or responsibi-
lity of the driver when manoeuvring
the vehicle (the driver must always
be ready for sudden incidents which
may occur when driving).
When the system detects an operating
fault the message “CHECK ESC” and
© and appear
on the instrument panel. In this case,
the ESC and traction control system
Consult an approved dealer.
DRIVING CORRECTION DEVICES AND AIDS (5/5)
Hill start assistance
Depending on the gradient of the in-
cline, this system assists the driver
when starting on a hill. It prevents the
vehicle from rolling backwards, de-
pending on the slope, by automatically
applying the brakes when the driver
lifts his/her foot off the brake pedal to
depress the accelerator pedal.
It only operates when the gear lever is
in a position other than neutral and the
vehicle is completely stationary (brake
The system holds the vehicle for ap-
proximately 2 seconds. The brakes are
then gradually released (the vehicle will
move according to the slope).The hill start assistance
system cannot completely
prevent the vehicle from rol-
ling backwards in all situa-
tions (extremely steep gradients,
In all cases, the driver may depress
the brake pedal to prevent the
vehicle from rolling forwards or
The hill start assistance function
should not be used for prolonged
stops: use the brake pedal.
This function is not designed to im-
mobilise the vehicle permanently.
If necessary, use the brake pedal to
stop the vehicle.
The driver must remain particularly
vigilant when driving on slippery or
low-grip surfaces and/or on hills.
Risk of serious injury.
SEQUENTIAL GEARBOX (6/6)
– If you hold the vehicle on a slope for too long without applying the
brakes or handbrake, you will strain
the system (risk of overheating the
In this case, an intermittent beep-
ing sound will remind you that you
should put your foot on the brake
pedal or apply the handbrake.
– Never leave the vehicle with the engine running when in gear. For
safety reasons you will hear an in-
termittent beeping sound when you
open the door if you have not shifted
into neutral or you have not switched
off the ignition or depressed the
If this warning light comes on
when the vehicle is in motion , it
indicates a fault in the system. In most
cases, you may still drive the vehicle,
although it will not function perfectly.
Contact an approved dealer as soon as
Towing a vehicle with a sequential
If the gearbox is stuck in a gear:
– switch on the ignition;
– select neutral with the brake pedal
– check that the gearbox is in neutral (by pushing the vehicle, for exam-
If you cannot find neutral you must tow
the vehicle with the front wheels raised.
The vehicle should always be towed
with the ignition switched off.