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Visteon's New Vehicle Concept Makes its North American Debut at 2013 International CES
Automotive supplier's e-Bee concept demonstrates a vision for mobility in 2020
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 4, 2013 03:51 PM
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Representing Visteon Corporation's (NYSE:VC) vision of mobility in the year 2020, the e-Bee vehicle concept is designed to explore new and alternative ways of using a vehicle, including car-sharing, private ownership and short-term rental. Using touch display-based controls and Cloud-centered profile storage, the e-Bee's features are designed to be immediately familiar and intuitive for each individual user.
Fully compatible with electric vehicle and hybrid platforms, the e-Bee demonstrates intelligent mobility – gathering and disseminating useful driving-related data, acting as part of a wider mobility-enabling network and integrating technology and design that is simple, flexible and frugal.
The technologies featured in the e-Bee concept range from advanced development to application- and commercialization-ready. The vehicle will be available to customers and media members at the Visteon booth (CP#20) in the Central Plaza during CES.
The e-Bee challenges conventional vehicle architecture by rethinking the position of the climate system, resulting in reduced weight and a substantially increased cabin space. The integrated climate module combines the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit with the refrigerant system, including an energy-efficient heat pump. Its position outside the cabin allows for new interior design options including an easy user experience with the vehicle's electronics and comfort features, designed to mitigate distraction.
"From its driver interface to its compact and innovative climate system, the e-Bee is an exercise in efficient, forward-looking design for new mobility uses," said Tim Yerdon, Visteon's global director of innovation. "This is just the second leg of a world tour where we're showcasing the vehicle at customer and industry events. The e-Bee will be the centerpiece in Visteon's discussions with customers and partners about future technology trends and needs."
Defined User Experience
Complete and Immediate Personalization
Improved Passenger "Life on Board"
Compatible with electric and hybrid vehicles, the HVAC system is focused on 'smart energy' management and a positive user experience. Features of the system include an electric compressor, pre-conditioning and a cooled shopping box in the trunk. For user comfort, there is a gentle air diffusion feature, a cluster ion generator and a fragrance auto diffusion system.
Additionally, the car has digital decoration (laser etching) on hard parts, in-mold decoration for the touch screens and thin film overmolding, and demonstrates Visteon's InSkin process – all of which provide differentiation without re-tooling parts.
High-resolution images and videos are available at www.visteon.com/media/multimedia.
Visteon is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, electronics and interior products for vehicle manufacturers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; the company has facilities in 28 countries and employs approximately 22,000 people. Learn more at www.visteon.com.
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