Johnson Controls' Slim Stow Seat Increases Cargo Space and Offers Improved Seating Comfort

By Johnson Controls Automotive Experience, PRNE
Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Foldable Rear Seat for Pickup Trucks Introduced

BURSCHEID, Germany, March 28, 2011 - Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, overhead
systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics, introduced a
new design for second row seats in pickup trucks. When stowed, the Slim Stow
Seat takes up 33 percent less space, maximizes seating comfort and is lighter
weight compared to traditional rear truck seats. It also improves visibility
for the driver.

"Our Slim Stow Seat enables us to set new standards in foldable rear
seats in pickups," said Dr. Andreas Eppinger, Vice President Technology
Management at Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. "It surpasses previous
seating concepts in terms of comfort, cargo space and appearance. It also
improves visibility when stowed since the seat back is lowered 100

Side-bolsters integrate the passenger in the seat

The seat panel consists of two components. The upper part, a tubular
frame design, features the child seat attachment points and defined
side-bolsters. Through this unique design, the Slim Stow Seat also provides
lateral support and contour that is usually found exclusively in front-row
pickup truck seating.

The lower part of the seat features a stable arm. It carries the seat
pad, which features 50 percent more foam than usual in the relevant areas.
"This, together with the side-bolsters, ensures superior comfort while
fulfilling safety requirements," explained Eppinger. "Even with the bolsters
and padding, the seat's movement enables space-saving stowage."

Easy handling and optimized visibility due to downward-sliding backrest

- The Slim Stow Seat deploys and stows using an intuitive, one-hand
operation, making it easy to reconfigure the interior space from outside the

- The seat stows behind the truck's rear panel wall maximizing cargo
space while providing an unprecedented, clean appearance.

- By pushing the seatback rearward, the kinematics shift it downward by
approximately 100 millimeters (3.9 inches) to increase visibility and safety.

Seat sets new standards

During a series of in-house benchmark tests, the Technology & Advanced
Development Group compared the Slim Stow Seat with the rear seats of four of
the most popular pickup trucks. "The Slim Stow Seat sets new standards in all
categories tested, which included cargo capacity, user friendliness, seating
comfort, material compression and ease of assembly," said Eppinger. Further
advantages include weight savings, enabled by a 30 percent reduction in the
usage of materials.

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About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 142,000 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.

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 200
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 more than 30 million
cars per year.

Please contact us if you would like more information:

    Johnson Controls GmbH
    Automotive Experience
    Industriestrasse 20-30
    51399 Burscheid

    Ulrich Andree
    Tel.: +49(0)2174-65-4343
    Fax: +49(0)2174-65-3219

Johnson Controls GmbH, Automotive Experience, Industriestrasse 20-30, 51399 Burscheid, Germany; Ulrich Andree, Tel.: +49(0)2174-65-4343, Fax: +49(0)2174-65-3219, E-mail: ulrich.andree at

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