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2007 Detroit Auto Show - Johnson Controls Offers a Unique Solution - the Slim Seat Concept - VIDEO ENHANCED


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With Its Ultra-Thin Seatback, New Front-Seat System Increases Knee Room for Second-Row Passengers

DETROIT - January 7, 2007: The Slim Seat -- a groundbreaking concept in vehicle seating from Johnson Controls -- will debut today at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed for front-seat applications, the Slim Seat features a leading-edge, modern design with a premium look and feel, and an ultra-thin seatback that delivers additional knee room for second-row occupants.

Even with its thinner seatback, the Slim Seat provides the same level of comfort, convenience and safety as conventional automotive seats.

"Today's consumers are ready for significant innovation in the design, functionality and aesthetic appeal of vehicle seats, while automakers have a strong interest in creating more spacious interiors," said Jeff Williams, group vice president and general manager, North America for the automotive experience of Johnson Controls. "Our Slim Seat is an elegant, cost-effective solution on both fronts, for both consumers and automakers."



The back of the Slim Seat concept is made from tubular steel. Using this approach, engineers and designers at Johnson Controls relied on conventional materials, but ensured that the seat has a robust, modern and upscale appearance, with strong consumer appeal.

The Slim Seat also features a thin, centerline cross-section; "Comfort'n'Space" technology, in which outstanding occupant comfort is ensured, even with thin packaging; and a state-of-the-art cushion.

"When you see the Slim Seat, and experience its performance firsthand, it clearly shines as a viable icon of modern, thin and premium-value seating, and as a real potential 'differentiator' for automakers worldwide," Williams said.

"The Slim Seat delivers on consumer appeal, thin packaging, occupant comfort and interior spaciousness, at a time when automakers are seeking to add interior space and features without making vehicles larger," he said.

According to Johnson Controls officials, the Slim Seat is targeted for model-year 2010 production vehicles. It can be produced using currently available materials, processes and components.

Johnson Controls is displaying the Slim Seat concept -- and many other unique products and technologies -- at this year's NAIAS. The company is presenting its exhibit in room D2-15 of Detroit's Cobo Center. January 7, 2007 is the opening day of the show for the news media.