Interior Trends at JCI
Auto interiors giant Johnson Controls Inc. is focused on vehicle interior trends in three areas, says Han Hendriks, vice president of sales and innovation.
One is the broad range of design challenges for the interiors of small cars in big cities. For emerging markets, the need is for low-cost designs. But in mature markets such as Europe, buyers want luxury interiors in small cars.
Hendriks says the coming era of self-driving cars opens up the most intriguing options of all.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.