Seats

Ford seating supplier Lear struck by UAW in Indiana

10:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Workers at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford went on strike Saturday, according to Chicago media reports. The plant in Hammond, Ind., employs 760 and supplies seats for Ford's Explorer and Taurus cars...
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. The concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by ride-sharing services, said Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls Inc....
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Volvo's new XC90 to have Tesla-like touchscreen

May 27, 2014 17:22 CET
The new Volvo XC90 will have a large tablet-like touchscreen in the center console to control the premium SUV's in-car features, following a trend that Tesla started with its Model S....
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New GM system won't let car drive until front occupants buckle up

2:07 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
General Motors is planning to launch a new belt assurance system, which does not allow the vehicle to shift out of park until the driver and front passenger are buckled in, on select vehicles later this year....
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JCI interiors finds solid ground in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Johnson Controls Inc. isn't ready to write off the auto industry's much-maligned interiors segment....
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SEAT RELIEF

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips....
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Recaro's elite-seat strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
The ice cream business has its Ben & Jerry's. The golf ball business has its Titleist. In the world of car seats, there is Recaro....
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Consolidation is a tough tonic for interiors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Give credit to Johnson Controls for pulling the plug on part of its interiors operation....
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A soothing tryout in the seat of power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
I sampled the Oasis seat's pleasures during a visit last month to Faurecia's exhibit at the Detroit auto show....
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Self-adjusting seats aim for the perfect fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
With as many as 22 controls, seats in a luxury sedan can befuddle the average motorist. Not to worry: Automakers and key suppliers are developing self-adjusting seats that use cameras and pressure sensors to automatically fit the occupant's contours....
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Toyota tells N.A. dealers to stop selling 8 models for possible fire risk

11:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Toyota told North American dealers today to stop selling several models equipped with seat heaters made since August 2012 after being alerted by South Korean safety officials that material in the part did not meet fire retardation standards also used in the United States....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Big investments in seat acquisitions are starting to pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Beda Bolzenius, chief of Johnson Controls Inc. seating operation, explains why JCI made a big bet on seats -- but not interior components or electronics....
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Visteon to buy electronics unit of Johnson Controls for $265M

10:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Visteon has agreed to purchase the automotive electronics business of Johnson Controls for $265 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

JCI tech chief predicts 5kg weight cut for front seats

Dec. 9, 2013 06:15 CET
Johnson Controls is trying to help automakers meet tougher CO2 regulations by making one of its core products – seats – as light as possible. A top executive believes that a 5kg weight reduction per front seat is “realistic” in the next five years....
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Are seat covers the next thing in personalization?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
For years, seat suppliers have pitched the idea of personalized seat covers that would offer car owners a wide variety of styles. Now, it's starting to happen. This year, Renault introduced the Captur crossover, which features seat covers that can be zipped off and replaced....
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Lear raises forecast on strong U.S. demand

Oct. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Lear, which counts on Europe for more than one-third of its business, raised its full-year sales and operating profit forecast as demand rose for its auto seats and electric power systems....
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Lear raises forecast as strong U.S. auto sales boost demand for parts

8:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2013
Lear raised its full-year forecast as demand rose for its auto seats and electric power systems due to strong vehicle sales in the United States....
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Citroen C4 Cactus will have 'Airbumps' and sofa-style front seat

Oct. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
The C4 Cactus, which goes on sale next year, will be the first car in Citroen's new C-Line range aimed at emphasizing practicality, fuel efficiency and low ownership costs....
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GM recalls 22,000 new Silverado, Sierra pickups for seat issue

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
General Motors is recalling nearly 22,000 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups because the seats may move in a rear-end crash....
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