LONDON - 'We are pushing the technical side of the business,' said Textron Automotive Chairman John Janitz. He offered several examples of high-tech projects:
A hollow, blow-molded fan shroud that also serves as the radiator overflow container and the windshield washer fluid reservoir. It will be in a North American car in the 2000 model year.
A urethane instrument panel with a 10-year life span. The panel is recyclable, and it can be molded in two colors at once. It will be on Chrysler Corp.'s 1998 LH cars.
An instrument panel in the Dodge Dakota pickup developed with Dow Plastic and Chrysler that requires no steel cross-beam.
An electronically controlled bladder-and-valve system for lumbar systems in seats that automatically adjust the seat to fit the occupant. It is in two vehicles under development.
A fuel tank requiring no fuel cap. The project is in development.