Interiors

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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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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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Hearing the true sound of music in your car

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Why can't today's music match the sound of that old-time rock 'n' roll? It's not the speakers. It's the format. Harman International Industries' solution is a software algorithm, originally dubbed Signal Doctor and now branded as Clari-Fi, that analyzes music files and restores what was cut when the file was compressed....
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Visteon pays Cerberus to take control of interiors unit

7:44 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
Auto supplier Visteon said it signed an agreement to transfer its global automotive interiors business to an affiliate of private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management LP....
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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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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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