BURSCHEID, GERMANY (Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. ET) — Auto interiors supplier Johnson Controls Inc. is providing the complete seating system, floor console and headliner for the new Kia cee'd.
JCI said the system is up to 5.7 kilograms lighter than the previous model, which it called “very lightweight in comparison to seats in current vehicles.”
The company used a light, high-strength, thin-walled steel for the front and rear seats. The modular structure of the rear seats is “particularly innovative,” according to the company, as a result of replacing thick-walled seat pipes with wafer-thin metal frames made of high-strength steel. This adds stability to the split rear seat system.
The c'eed model, developed exclusively for the European market, is made in Kia's plant in Zilina, Slovakia.