Interiors

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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Ford uses hefty men to test durability of 2015 F-150 seats

11:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Ford went to unusual lengths to ensure that the seats in its 2015 F-150 pickups, which go on sale this fall, were durable enough to handle the daily demands of heavyset drivers....
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Johnson Controls to sell headliner, sun visor business to private equity firm Atlas

Feb. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Johnson Controls plans to sell its headliner and sun visor business to an affiliate of private equity firm Atlas Holdings. Johnson Controls expects to close the deal by April 30. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed....
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Johnson Controls to sell headliner, sun visor business to private equity firm Atlas

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Johnson Controls plans to sell its headliner and sun visor business to an affiliate of private equity firm Atlas Holdings. Johnson Controls expects to close the deal by April 30, the supplier said today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed....
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New smart maps boost mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
A company called Here, the auto industry's biggest supplier of navigation maps, is preparing to roll out the next generation of route guidance: so-called smart maps that can help drivers save fuel and avoid accidents....
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Head-up displays for the masses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Head-up displays, once confined to sports cars and luxury vehicles, are starting to penetrate the mass market. This year, 38 vehicle models available in the United States have standard or optional head-up displays, according to Edmunds.com, up from 13 models five years ago....
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No center stack screen? No problem

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Designers have been trying to devise a center console screen that could display infotainment apps without distracting the motorist. Audi's solution: Ditch the screen altogether....
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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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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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