By Liz White, UT editor
Detroit, Michigan-Seat maker Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) has launched the Slim Seat, which it calls "a groundbreaking concept in vehicle seating," at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The thin front-seat is a modern design, that, with its ultra-thin seatback, gives extra knee room for second-row occupants, the company says.
But Slim Seat also provides the "same level of comfort, convenience and safety as conventional automotive seats," JCI claims.
Jeff Williams, group vice president and general manager, North America for Johnson Controls, commented that consumers want innovation in vehicle seats, and "automakers have a strong interest in creating more spacious interiors. … Our Slim Seat is an elegant, cost-effective solution on both fronts."
Slim Seat's back is made from tubular steel for a robust, modern appearance (see picture). Despite the thinness, "outstanding occupant comfort is ensured, with a state-of-the-art cushion," JCI said, without revealing further details.
According to JCI, the concept will be fitted on model-year 2010 production vehicles. It can be produced using currently available materials, processes and components, the company said. "