Interiors

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle....
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JCI's spinoff must refocus to remain on top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Just two years ago, Johnson Controls Inc. was a major automotive supplier, but it has been transformed by a series of deals that have split up its operations, leaving its interior parts business in a joint venture with a Chinese partner and making its seating unit an independent company. Its automotive battery division and building controls business will remain with a new Ireland-based company to be created in a proposed merger with Tyco International....
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Lear's goal: Seats with style, smarts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. is developing a seat of the future to appeal to automakers as they look increasingly to interiors to set their vehicles apart. The new design is the product of an engineering unit Lear has set up in Southfield, Mich....
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Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies....
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ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 1. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

CEO Walker says Magna adapts to changes in a demanding industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

CEO Don Walker is leading Magna International Inc. through the headlong advance of technology, an evolving regulatory environment and industry globalization that have forced even the largest automotive suppliers to move nimbly to adapt....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Yanfeng CEO Roters says supplier will prove itself as a global company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, spawned when Johnson Controls packaged its interior trim unit into a joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., is the world's biggest producer of instrument panels, door panels and consoles. It is determined to dominate the North American market....
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Jeep Cherokee adds luxe trim

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all of the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trailhawk model....
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Lear's 'smart' bid to revolutionize the car seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Auto suppliers Lear, Faurecia, Johnson Controls and Magna are working on smart seats that use biometric sensors to monitor the mood and condition of drivers, a feature that could begin appearing in vehicles within a few years. If teh driver si stressed, the seat could detect that and set off a blast of cool air or administer a soothing massage....
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Redesigned Mercedes E-class interior gets industry firsts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

An early peek at the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class, before its debut at the Detroit show in January, finds an interior that echoes the brand's IAA concept at the Frankfurt auto show. Mercedes says some of the design elements are industry firsts....
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Redesigned Mercedes E-class interior gets industry firsts

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan will feature interior design elements that the automaker calls industry firsts. It boasts a wide, high-resolution dual display and newly designed touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel that enable drivers to control vehicle functions without taking their hands off the wheel....
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Faurecia-Dongfeng JV readies interior parts plant in China

Dec. 1, 2015 12:10 CET

Faurecia's joint venture with Dongfeng has started construction of an interiors parts plant in the Chinese city of Wuhan.The plant will produce components for customers including PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and Honda....
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Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness....
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WOW FEATURE

New Camaro's light show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's available specialty interior lighting makes you say, "Wow."...
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Model S option becomes police matter: We've got a report of a kid in the trunk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Done with shopping, a mom and dad toss their bags in the back seat, their daughter in the trunk and drive off. A watchful bystander takes notice and alerts the police. Except, this is a Tesla Model S, which has third-row, rear-facing child seats as an option....
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Q&A

Enticing interiors start with the right ingredients

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2015

Amko Leenarts, Ford's director of global interior design, sees himself as a sort of chef. Not only does he lead the team that must choose the proper, high-quality ingredients, but he has to ensure they assemble, prepare and present them in an appealing way to customers all over the world....
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INSIDE GAME

7 innovations in auto interiors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2015

In the digital age, technology is transforming what carmakers can do with interiors. The rise of autonomous driving will change how customers spend their time in the cabin....
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OLIVE KEOGH

BLOG: How Volvo's chairman sparked a re-think of child safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Volvo Chairman Li Shufu's vision helped inspire the automaker to re-think how young children will travel in its cars in the future....
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Faurecia will form interior parts venture with China's Beijing WKW

Oct. 16, 2015 11:54 CET

Faurecia will form a joint venture with Beijing WKW Automotive Parts Co. to supply decorative aluminum parts for vehicle interiors to customers including Infiniti and Volvo....
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A DESIGNER'S LIFE

How Doyle Letson went from boats to cars ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Doyle Letson's career took many twists and turns before he became chief interior designer for the Ford Mustang. He designed office furniture, heavy equipment and lots of powerboats, all the while moonlighting as a serious rock 'n' roll musician. Letson, 58, now Ford's director of global interiors, talked about his varied career with Staff Reporter Bradford Wernle....
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JCI targets 3,000 job cuts in salaried ranks

9:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Johnson Controls will cut as many as 3,000 salaried jobs over the next two years under an ongoing cost savings program and ahead of plans to streamline and divest its auto interiors business....
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Massive windshield, 'sculptural' seats: A glimpse inside Tesla's Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

New images suggest the Tesla Model X will have a windshield so large that it doubles as a moonroof, stretching well above the driver's head....
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Nissan to recall 300,000 small cars; NHTSA upgrades investigation into seat sensors

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Nissan North America is recalling nearly 300,000 small cars over concerns that an interior trim panel near the accelerator pedal could trap a driver's foot, possibly causing unwanted acceleration or delaying braking....
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Grupo Antolin completes purchase of Magna interiors unit

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Grupo Antolin closed on its acquisition of Canadian auto supplier Magna International Inc.’s interiors operations today in a deal valued at about $525 million....
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Freshened Lexus LX gets 8-speed, updated interior and exterior

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

For 2016, the Lexus LX gets a dramatically updated interior and exterior, with a more aggressive version of the Lexus “spindle grille,” LED headlights, revised taillights, and new rear bumper and wheel options....
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