Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, received today the “Concept Interior Innovation of the Year” award at the Automotive Interiors Expo 2015 held at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Center (June 16-18, 2015).
The prize, now in its fourth year, stands for extraordinary achievements and technologies in the field of automotive. Faurecia was able to come out on top, leaving renowned companies behind. The decision was taken by an international jury of 12 leading automotive and design journalists. This year, the experts were won over by the advanced concept and innovations of the front seats developed by Faurecia for the Renault EOLAB, the automaker’s 1-liter per 100 km concept vehicle introduced in September last year.
Faurecia has drawn on its in-house technologies to reduce the weight and thickness of the EOLAB front seat without compromising on styling, safety and comfort. The front seat structure is 35% lighter than comparable seat structures in B-segment vehicles in production, thanks to an optimal combination of multiple structural materials: steel, aluminum and carbon fiber composite. Faurecia has also worked closely with Renault engineers to enhance the EOLAB seat architecture.
The sculpted, semi-rigid casing and adaptive-comfort seat back have yielded a seat that is 30% more compact, offering greater space for rear passenger legs while preserving a comfortable ride and the full array of seat adjustments for front passengers. The EOLAB seat tackles the challenge of making a slim seat look reassuring, while providing a differentiating and elegant look and feel. The EOLAB seat enjoys a high appeal among users regarding perceived comfort, thanks to the compliant plastic shell in the backrest making them feel they enter into a cocoon, while the seat design factors in the most stringent crash resistance specifications requested by Renault.
The Sculpted Light Back Panel with raised contours offers added rigidity while the rear shell of the seat back conforms as closely as possible to the seat’s rear surface. This technology reduces the weight by 650 grams compared to a plastic molded back panel and provides 30 millimeters of extra legroom for rear passengers. As a result of all these innovations, Renault offers a vehicle that provides the roominess of a car in the segment above (+3 cm), but weighs 11 kg less.
“We are very happy and extremely proud to have won this award for our EOLAB seating development. Being honoured inspires and encourages our innovation teams to consistently keep on working closely with our customers to help them solve the daunting challenges of tomorrow. We see ourselves as pioneers in the field of lightweight construction, sustainability, life-on-board and efficiency while contributing to driving well-being”, said Philippe Aumont, Chief Technical Officer, Faurecia Automotive Seating.
“Renault welcomes this prize awarded to Faurecia Automotive Seating on two accounts: First it crowns a process of co-innovation in which both companies have successfully combined the best of their skills to achieve a result that none could have achieved alone in such a short time. This award is further proof of the power of such collaboration both for its technical and media benefits. Beyond the general approach, this award proves above all that by working differently it is possible to achieve a record weight reduction to cost ratio. In this sense, Faurecia Automotive Seating has brilliantly, with this innovative yet attractive seat, contributed to the challenge of the Renault EOLAB project. This is another reason why Renault today congratulates its partner for this distinction”, underlined Laurent Taupin, EOLAB Project Manager, Renault.
“Advanced lightweight seating technology is a key design trend at present in automotive interior development. In this respect, the Faurecia front seats using a hybrid material concept for the Renault EOLAB are pioneering advancements in this field and point to a very promising future”, stated Dean Slavnich, Chairman, Automotive Interiors Expo Awards.
The Concept Interior Innovation of the Year Award is one of six categories of the internationally renowned Automotive Interiors Expo Awards. They have been awarded for the fourth year running and have become one of the most prestigious awards throughout the automotive industry.
With this award, Faurecia is honoured for the second year in a row at Automotive Interiors Expo. In 2014, Faurecia received the “Supplier of the Year” award.
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Faurecia is one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers with four Business Groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2014, the Group posted total sales of €18.8 billion. At December 31, 2014, Faurecia employed 100,000 people in 34 countries at 330 sites and 30 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange and trades in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) market. For more information, visit: www.faurecia.com
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