Interiors

JAMES B. TREECE

Art program could help shape auto industry's next creative minds

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Thursday night, I went to a fundraiser, called #onthefridge, for Art Road. The group's latest art on display was cool, but I was more drawn to some of the earlier years’ artworks, especially those related to cars....
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Visteon completes major part of sale of interiors business

8:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Visteon said today it completed the largest phase of a deal to transfer its automotive interiors business to Dutch firm Reydel Automotive Holdings BV....
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Toyota ordered to pay $12.5 million to woman 'virtually decapitated' by seat belt

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
A California jury ordered Toyota to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash....
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JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. has created momentum for further consolidation of the auto interiors business, says Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' seating and interiors business....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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READY FOR TAKEOFF

2015 Mustang's interior design inspired by airplane cockpits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Interiors have never been one of the Ford Mustang’s selling points over the years. That’s about to change with the airplane-inspired cockpits in the 2015 models that will go on sale next month....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013....
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Grupo Antolin's goal: 'World's largest interiors supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Grupo Antolin -- already global No. 1 for vehicle headliners -- wants to become the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors. To get there Grupo Antolin, which estimates it is a top 10 interiors supplier now, will have to pass giants such as Magna International, Faurecia and Johnson Controls....
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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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Grupo Antolin aims to be the world's No. 1 interiors supplier

Sept. 8, 2014 06:15 CET
Grupo Antolin wants to become the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors, passing rivals such as Magna International, Faurecia and Johnson Controls. The Spain-based supplier is already global No. 1 for vehicle headliners....
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Lear agrees to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in $850 million deal

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Lear agreed to buy automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in a deal valued at $850 million that aims to strengthen the company's global seating business....
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Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies....
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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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Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year....
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Interior supplier: We'll be nimble, global

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
As CEO of Motus Integrated Technologies, Shannon White wants to win respect -- and higher margins -- for his company as a global supplier of sun visors, headliners and overhead consoles....
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Continental: Automated driving requires many partners

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Helmut Matschi, head of interiors at Continental AG, says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade....
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Canadian union may strike supplier to GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario

12:41 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers, will strike at Johnson Controls' Whitby, Ontario, plant if the parts maker doesn't reverse its plan to close the facility in a couple of years....
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Posh, roomy and high-tech: Volvo previews XC90 interior

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The redesigned Volvo XC90 crossover won't go on sale in the United States until March, but the company has begun taking the cover off the vehicle....
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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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GM brass 'really cares about interiors now,' design chief Welburn says

3:24 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
If most vehicles are going to share technology and offer the same functionality, then styling will be the differentiator, General Motors global design chief Ed Welburn says....
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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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Car styling undergoes shake-up

May 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Car design is at a crossroads. There is more diversity in form language today than ever before as each company defines its own expression. But there is, however, an increasing trend toward consistency across brands and segments that has some design executives worried....
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