Interiors

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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Faurecia second-half profit jumps 34% on Asia growth

Feb. 12, 2014 13:42 CET
French supplier Faurecia says second-half earnings rose 34 percent on robust demand in Asia and the beginning of a recovery in its home region's automotive market....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Car controls are just too complex

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Having been in the auto repair business for more than 50 years and having recently retired as an automotive radio talk show host, I have heard many people express exasperation over the changes in electronics and cabin controls....
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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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In Emsley's 'no fear' zone, GMC pursues new look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
Helen Emsley remembers the anxiety she felt six years ago when asked to lead the interior design for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Far from spoiling the sports car, the interior that Emsley's team executed won plaudits as the first Corvette cabin worthy of being paired with what's under the hood....
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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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2015 MUSTANG LAUNCH

Inside, loads of tech and efficient use of space

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
The Ford Mustang is all about the visceral driving thrills of the open road, not the newest electronic gizmos. But Ford says the new generation of prospective Mustang owners is eager for the high-tech systems introduced in other Ford vehicles, such as the Fusion....
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Toyota gets colorful with interior design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2013
Toyota wants to spice up its interior design with splashes of color and some quirks to make individual nameplates stand out....
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2013 L.A. Auto Show

Mini reworks Cooper interior after dings by customers, J.D. Power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2013
Responding to consumer complaints, Mini has gone mainstream with its interior layout....
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Oohs and aahs for the new Vette

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
The reviews are in on the seventh-generation Corvette....
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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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Johnson Controls says divesting unprofitable interiors unit is an option

Oct. 30, 2013 06:01 CET
Johnson Controls said it would explore various options for its unprofitable automotive interiors unit, including a divestiture....
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Nissan, Renault go modular: Big savings, tough problems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
TOKYO -- The redesigned Nissan Rogue crossover scheduled to arrive in showrooms next month is a watershed vehicle for Nissan Motor Co., the first product of a new modular development strategy that aims to slash costs....
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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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Cadillac previews interior of 2015 Escalade

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013
Cadillac released an interior photo of the 2015 Escalade. The SUV will offer the latest features in luxury, connectivity and safety, the automaker said today....
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Driving mode
AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN

Your assignment: Design the interior of the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Vehicle interiors have long been designed around the driver. But what happens to the look, feel and function of the inside of cars that drive themselves? That's a question designers and engineers are pondering as they prepare for the first generation of autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles....
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AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN

New cars give peek at tomorrow's center stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
New information display technologies, touch screens and other gizmos are allowing automotive designers to reimagine center stacks and interiors. Designers say that data displays, and how drivers interact with the data, will have an impact on vehicle interiors....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Supplier IAC says size matters more than ever

Sept. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
Achieving scale is the only way to survive as a supplier in a fiercely competitive and globalized automotive market, a top executive at IAC Group said. “Size means you have global presence. You need to be big to be a business partner,” CCO Guido Widdershoven told Automotive News Europe....
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Infiniti's next FX to get more interior space

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
The Infiniti FX crossover, which put the luxury brand on a bolder design path when it first appeared in 2002, is being redesigned to provide more cabin space....
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