Northville, Michigan -- Hyundai will offer buyers in Korea the option of Amerigon Inc.'s proprietary heated and ventilated seat system (HVSS) for front seats of the all-new and completely redesigned 2011 Sonata, a mid-size family sedan.
And the new 2011 KIA Optima, a mid-size sedan now being sold in showrooms, will also offer the Amerigon HVSS as an option for front seats.
"We believe the unique design of our products have led to the expansion of the use of our heated and ventilated system in the 2011 Sonata," said Amerigon president and ceo Daniel Coker, in the company's 12 Aug announcement.
As well as offering the seats on the 2011 Sonata, Hyundai's 2011 Tucson will also offers the same option. Hyundai's Equus (Korea) and Genesis models also feature Amerigon's Climate Control Seat (CCS) system, with active, individually controlled heated or cooled air supplied to seat occupants.
KIA's new Optima has been re-designed and re-engineered for 2011 and includes a variety of technology features and interior amenities including the Amerigon heated and ventilated seat system.
A range of other KIA models use HVSS or CCS systems from the US supplier.
Amerigon says its heated and ventilated seat system combines passive cooling or ventilation with active heating. For cooler environments or more economical vehicle lines, a ventilated seat may be a viable solution, bringing ambient cabin air to the surface instead of the "cooled" air produced by the thermoelectric technology, the Northville, Michigan-based supplier said. In the cooling mode, the heater is turned off and the fan provides ambient cabin air to the seat surface.
Amerigon's heated and ventilated seat system fits within the same envelope as the active CCS system, and the company points out that this means that multiple Amerigon applications can be installed within or across various vehicle platforms.