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Johnson Controls provides intelligent solutions for new luxury sedan

Supplier helps Daimler AG realize numerous innovations in the new S-Class

Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive and building industries, is supplying key components for the front seats and optional Executive rear seats, the rear-seat entertainment system, the headliner and the sun visors in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

“We are delighted to have been able to assist Daimler in developing its new edition luxury sedan, and provide key components for this winning model,” said Dr. Detlef Jürss, group vice president & general manager, Customer Group Europe, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. “We are also contributing to the new model generation across various product segments with our seating, interior and electronics solutions.”

Johnson Controls has worked with Mercedes-Benz on designing the seats and is providing the automaker’s own seat production plant with key seat components. Johnson Controls' seat structure is based on a modular solution that can be adapted to different vehicle segments. At approximately 44 pounds, the front-seat structure of the new premium vehicle weighs around 20 percent less than comparable conventional designs. This weight savings has been achieved with the aid of thin-walled, high-strength steels and the patented sandwich construction of the side sections.

Both the driver and front-seat passenger have 10 options for individual front-seat configuration according to stature and preferred sitting position, and an optional Memory package for saving the seat positions. The seat adjustment mechanisms and motors boast a compact, lightweight design. In order to adjust the seat height by 2.5 inches, Johnson Controls has come up with an all-new tandem solution. The patented, specially mounted actuator limits the forward adjustment range of the cushion base to only half, while lengthening the complete seat cushion and adapting the suspension to suit the size and weight of the passenger. This saves the driver and front-seat passenger from having to shift the seat again after adjusting the seat height. Depending on the model, the Johnson Controls head restraints can be adjusted electronically both vertically and horizontally.

Innovative rear-seat structures for outstanding comfort

For the optional Executive seats in the rear, Johnson Controls has developed extremely flexible individual seat structures including special adjustment mechanisms and motors. A most upright backrest position of 19 degrees can be achieved for working purposes. The backrest of the Executive seats can also be adjusted rearwards, giving it the largest inclination in the executive segment and enabling a torso angle of up to 43.5 degrees. In addition, the seat behind the front passenger seat can be fitted with a calf support, which is adjustable in length, and an all-new heel rest.

If the optional Chauffeur package is ordered, the structure of the front passenger seat supplied by Johnson Controls also enables it to be placed in an extended-recline position for the rear-seat passenger behind. Thanks to Johnson Controls' patented height adjustment, the reclined front passenger seat can be brought level with the rear reclining seat at the touch of a button. The folding head restraint for the passenger seat was designed to be completely removed.

The FaserTec upholstery on the backrests is made from 100 percent natural materials, which positively impact the climate in the vehicle interior. This very thin, stable layer also optimally facilitates the massage functions.

A variety of entertainment options in the rear thanks to internet and TV

Johnson Controls has also designed the optional entertainment system for the rear of the new luxury sedan. The two 10.2-inch TFT screens are mounted on the front-seat backrests. Unlike systems that are integrated into the backrest, rear-seat passengers can individually adjust the position of the displays. The 16:9 format can be comfortably enjoyed at a viewing angle of up to 160 degrees. If the backrest of the front seat is adjusted, an interface integrated into the passenger seat automatically adjusts the position of the screen. The position of the screen on the driver's seat is adjusted manually. Rear-seat passengers can control the entertainment system themselves and make full use of the radio, TV, internet, navigation system and DVD player. A light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the quarter high-definition (qHD) displays in the vehicle interior. Headphones ensure an uninterrupted audio experience.

Headliner and sun visors by Johnson Controls

The headliner of the luxury sedan is characterized by good sound absorption properties and energy-absorbing materials. Two versions are available for the new standard- and extended-wheelbase S-Class, with and without mounting for the optional panorama sunroof.

Johnson Controls has also developed a new module solution for the sun visors. Compared to previous models, the expanded polypropylene (EPP) sun visor is bigger yet lighter. EPP is soft to the touch and can be covered with fabric or a microfiber material. The version with an illuminated vanity mirror can be swiveled to the side and clipped to the roof structure without the need for screws.

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With 240 locations worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability, we supply approximately 50 million cars per year.

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