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Press ReleaseFaurecia Clean at the2010 LA Auto ShowNovember 17–18, 2010
‘Clean Is a Reality’ With New Faurecia Products Destined to Move to HighwaysFrom the 2010 LA Auto ShowThinner seats and doors, exhaust heat recovery for hybrids and electrics,lighter tailgate highlight 20 new products at Faurecia’s LA exhibitLOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2010 – For many years the auto industry has pursuedthe goal of Clean, and now Faurecia (http://www.faurecialaautoshow.com) isproclaiming that “Clean is a reality” with the production-ready products it will Faurecia Cleandisplay at the 2010 LA Auto Show press days, Nov. 17-18. press ConferenceFaurecia innovations are focused sharply on helping vehicles become cleaner by November 18, 1pm pST,making them lighter and therefore more fuel efficient. This year, Faurecia–the West Hall, Room 515world’s sixth-largest auto supplier–brings lightweight engineering to new areasinside, outside and under the car and incorporates even more environmentally Immediately preceding thesustainable materials and natural fibers within the vehicle. Design Los Angeles eventFaurecia’s exhibit, in the South Hall, Upper Level Lobby, of the Los AngelesConvention Center, is expected to fuel interest in 20 new or next-generationproducts–along with several groundbreaking new concepts. They will be Faurecia Exhibit atdescribed at a news conference on Faurecia Clean, Nov. 18 at 1 pm pSTin West Hall room 515, immediately preceding the Design Los Angeles event. the LA Auto ShowMost of the new products in Faurecia’s exhibit, innovations that can provide November 17-18,weight savings as high as 20 to 40 percent, are expected to be integrated into 9Am-4pm pSTAmerican, European and Asian vehicles between 2011 and 2014. South Hall,The latest developments and new concepts that Faurecia will display include: Upper Level Lobby • SmartFit™ – An application that uses a smartphone to automatically (near Starbucks) adjust vehicle seats to each individual for the perfect seating experience. SmartFit™ reduces the complexity of seat controls to optimize comfort and safety, interfacing via Bluetooth with traditional seat electronics. SmartFit™ takes advantage of a device that drivers already bring into their vehicles every day • A new generation of super-thin seatbacks and cushions that use new materials to replace traditional steel and foam components with lighter and more easily recyclable materials
Press Release • Exhaust-heat recovery (EHRS) technology for hybrid and plug- in electric vehicles that extracts heat quickly from the internal- combustion exhaust gases to reduce the amount of time that engines must run to sufficiently heat the cabin, improving fuel economy and lowering emissions • A thermoelectric generator that converts heat from exhaustSmartFit™ gases to electricity to power vehicle systems, reducing demands on the alternator and improving fuel economy • Low-weight covering premium (LOCOP) instrument panel skin, a cut-and-sew solution that offers the soft-touch feel of polyurethane covering material yet is much lighter in weight and more easily recycled than the traditional fabricComposite Backrest • Lightweight approaches and natural materials that bring Clean benefits to more areas of the vehicle, from trim to tailgate. Faurecia’s thermoplastic liftgate, for example, has elevated ease of use and slashed the weight of the tailgate “Once, some observers questioned whether the auto industry could be both successful and Clean. Now we know that it can be successful because it is Clean,” said Faurecia North America President Michael Heneka. “In advancing this success, Faurecia’s Clean vision is toEHRS continue to develop new approaches, materials and devices, from the front end to the tailgate, from the front seat to the tailpipe, to make vehicles lighter, cleaner, safer and roomier.” New systems and approaches will be exhibited by each of Faurecia’s four world-class business groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. Together, these groups are laying the groundwork for the future courseThermal Enhancer™ of an auto industry that will thrive with environmentally responsible and economical vehicles. “With contributions to many aspects of today’s vehicles, Faurecia recognizes its special responsibility toward the future of automotive engineering and design,” said Faurecia Vice President of Product Planning & Innovation, Philippe Aumont. “Our global network of R&D and innovation teams is at work everyday to satisfy tomorrow’s requirements for customers, consumers and citizens. By helping toLOCOp make cleaner vehicles without compromising safety, comfort or quality, Faurecia is providing solutions that bring greater added value to the automotive industry.” Visit the Faurecia booth at the LA Auto Show to get a firsthand look at these innovations and other Faurecia products. Or download the press kit and images of Faurecia’s products at http://www.faurecialaautoshow.com. For the latest updates on FaureciaFord Kuga Liftgate activities in LA and beyond, visit http://www.facebook.com/faureciaNA and http://www.twitter.com/faurecia_na.
About FaureciaFaurecia is the world’s sixth largest automotive equipment supplier,with four key business groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions ControlTechnologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2009,the Group posted pro-forma sales of $16 billion*. The company isheadquartered in Nanterre, France with North American headquartersin Auburn Hills, Mich. It operates in 32 countries at 200 sites and33 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stockexchange. For more information, visit: http://www.faurecia.com.*Pro-forma sales including EMCON Technologies and Plastal.Media contactsStacie TongDirector, CommunicationsFaurecia North AmericaTel. +1 (248) 409 firstname.lastname@example.orgJenn KorailAirfoil Public Relationsfor Faurecia North AmericaTel. +1 (248) 304 email@example.com http://www.facebook.com/faureciaNA http://www.twitter.com/faurecia_na Faurecia Group Communications 2010Images:Ford Kuga courtesy of Ford Motor Company.All other images copyright Faurecia 2010.