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2008 Detroit Auto Show: Johnson Controls Showcases a Wide Range of Product and Technology Innovations

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BURSCHEID, Germany and DETROIT, Michigan, January 11 --

- A Comprehensive Product Portfolio at This Year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Johnson Controls creates smart environments to develop automotive interiors that are more comfortable, safe and sustainable. This is why smart products, systems, technologies and future concepts from Johnson Controls will be presented at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The event will start for the media and invited guests on Sunday, 13 January 2008 and will be open to the public from 19 through 27 January 2008.

This year marks the 14th consecutive year in which Johnson Controls will be exhibiting at the show. The company will use 9,000 square feet of exhibition space to showcase a wide range of its current and future products and technologies in room D2-15 of the Cobo Center. Johnson Controls will also convene two press conferences - one on Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 8:30 a.m. and the other on Tuesday, 15 January 2008 at 9:05 a.m.

At the first press conference, the company will unveil its latest innovations in seating, electronics and human-machine-interaction technology, interior safety and comfort, "earth-friendly" products, interior craftsmanship and advanced battery solutions. The second press conference will focus on the latest business and technology news in interior sourcing, advanced batteries for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and systems targeting sustainability.

"In the global auto industry, demand for systems and products that reflect innovation, ingenuity and smart design has never been greater than it is today," said Jeff Williams, Group Vice President and General Manager, North America for the Automotive Experience business of Johnson Controls. "With a commitment to 'Creating Smart Environments,' we acknowledge the importance of delivering products with features, functions and performance that are intelligently-crafted and well-integrated," he said. "The ultimate goal is to provide innovative products and technology to our customers that enrich the experience of automotive consumers."

Johnson Controls will be unveiling its I3 concept vehicle at NAIAS 2008 (I3 stands for Ingenuity, Integration and Interface). This is a medium-size crossover plug-in electric vehicle with an interior that reflects the three themes of ingenuity, integration and interface. It features the latest innovations in seating, safety, storage, comfort and convenience and also includes a fuel-efficient, lithium-ion hybrid battery developed by Johnson Controls.

In addition, the company will be showcasing the CrafTec interior, featuring superbly crafted products manufactured using a portfolio of advanced, single-step production processes. Johnson Controls will also be launching an "earth-friendly" headliner made of biomaterials, as well as providing an overview of current and future batteries and alternative power solutions for conventional and hybrid vehicles. These exhibits will be complemented by other advances in electronics, instrument panels, door panels, floor consoles, overhead consoles - and more.

Moreover, for the 12th year in a row, Johnson Controls will be hosting the AutoWeek Design Forum. The one-day event, to be held on 16 January 2008 at the Cobo Center, brings together people from different backgrounds who embrace design as the ultimate factor that distinguishes the products. Last year, the AutoWeek Design Forum attracted hundreds of participants, including students, car design professionals and designers from other industries.

Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit