Sulzbach, Germany (ots-PRNewswire) - Independent tests performed
and published by top Swedish national paper, Aftonbladet, have given
top ratings for comfort and space flexibility to the seats
manufactured by Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) for the new Volvo V70
Cross Country (XC) model.
The innovative Lear seat design offers the world's first super
configurable rear seat in a car, featuring a convertible center seat
which can be transformed into extra storage space, a tabletop and
armrest area, or simply more comfortable "lean back" space. Lear also
has significant electronic and electrical content on the V70 XC
model, including the engine wiring harness, junction box and
electrical distribution system.
The V70 XC features two spacious rear seats divided by the
independent center unit in a 40/20/40 seating configuration. The
freestanding center seat, which is coordinated to perfectly match the
material and design of the adjacent seats, can be folded down or
removed to produce enough space to accommodate a small refrigerator
or a custom-fitted storage container designed by Volvo.
"We are pleased that independent testing of the new Volvo V70 XC
has confirmed that the Lear-developed seats are both comfortable and
versatile," said Randall Carron, President - International Operations
for Lear. "The Lear team worked closely with Volvo engineers to
achieve this excellent result."
Aftonbladet rated the front seats as "the best on the market" in
terms of comfort and also highlighted the space utilization of the
rear seats. The new seats, which went into production earlier this
year at Torslanda in Gothenburg, Sweden, were designed and developed
in close collaboration with Volvo for maximum flexibility, comfort
The intricate rear seat design is the result of tenacious
engineering and design effort, which required that skillful
mechanical, materials and acoustics engineering be balanced with
sound safety and ergonomic standards.
Lear and Volvo engineers also incorporated new safety features
into the rear seat design to meet Volvo's stringent safety criteria.
Throughout the development process, the seats were tested at Volvo's
Safety Center, located adjacent to Lear's Torslanda facilities in
"We were honored to be selected to develop this novel and
technically challenging design, and the end result is a stylish and
comfortable rear seat that offers a variety of space-saving options,"
said Ulrik Bryntesson, Program Manager for Lear's Volvo business.
Lear Corporation, a Fortune 150 company headquartered in
Southfield, Mich., USA, focuses on automotive interiors and
electronics, and is the world's fifth-largest automotive supplier.
Sales in 1999 were $12.4 billion. The company's world-class products
are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 120,000
employees in over 300 facilities located in 33 countries. Information
about Lear and its products is available on the Internet at
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