CARBON MEETS LEATHER – RECARO PRESENTS NEW SPORTSTER CS “PERFORMANCE EDITION”

More performance. More exclusivity. More design. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

More performance. More exclusivity. More design. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

The name says it all: the new RECARO Sportster CS “Performance Edition” is precisely the right equipment for trimming high-performance production vehicles and tuning cars. With a unique design innovation: The seat specialists of RECARO craft lavishly finished leather into an attractive carbon look on the headrest and side bolsters. White contrast stitching and bright red leather bands emphasize the dynamic contours.

Like all seat covers from Adient’s premium brand RECARO, the Sportster CS cover created exclusively for the “Performance Edition” special series is handmade.

But not only the unique appearance of the new RECARO seat beauty brings an extra dose of sporty style into the interior: The uncompromising combination of the characteristics of a sport seat with those of a thoroughbred racing shell produce the typical RECARO driving experience – with the best sense of vehicle dynamics and first-class support for the body.

The new seats are manufactured in a limited number for the special edition. The good news for the aftermarket: All RECARO built-in risers for the Sportster CS are also available for the “Performance Edition”. And the new jewel of the seating specialists of Kirchheim/Teck can optionally be obtained with a side airbag.

To the Webspecial

Black. Red. Cool. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Black. Red. Cool. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Performance edition. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Performance edition. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Carbon meets leather. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Carbon meets leather. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECORD ANNIVERSARY: RECARO WINS ITS TENTH “SPORT AUTO AWARD”

Awarded by "Sport Auto" (issue 11/2016) (Image © Sport Auto)

Awarded by “Sport Auto” (issue 11/2016) (Image © Sport Auto)

RECARO Automotive Seating continues its triumphant success as most favored brand and defended its title unchallenged as the best seat manufacturer at the “Sport Auto Award 2016.” Thus, the “Sport Auto” readers have voted for RECARO as the best brand the tenth consecutive year. And with a remarkable majority at that: 91.4 percent of a total of 16,953 votes cast favored RECARO Automotive Seating – the strongest result of the 19 assessed categories in the reader poll and for RECARO an increase in approval of almost 10 percent as compared to the poll five years ago. The runner-up seat manufacturer placed far behind with 33.6 percent of votes.

“This overwhelming vote of the demanding ‘Sport Auto’ readers makes us very proud,” says Markus Kussmaul, vice president sales and marketing at RECARO Automotive Seating. “It shows us that our brand promises of performance, craftsmanship, and design are well received by the consumer. The ‘Best Brand’ poll 2016 is thus in many ways a benchmark for us – and an incentive to make sporty seating even better!”

For RECARO, the ten year record anniversary at the “Sport Auto Award” caps a very successful 2016, in which the brand was awarded nine prestigious industry awards for its premium products in automotive seating as well as race car and commercial vehicle seating. The German “Sport Auto” readers’ poll is one of the most important brand barometers for the industry – with increasing importance: In its 24th edition, around 3,300 more car fans cast their votes than in the previous year.

IAA 2016: SUCCESFUL SHOW WITH IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS AND IMPULSES

IAA 2016: Succesful show with important discussions and impulses

IAA 2016: Succesful show with important discussions and impulses

With 250,000 visitors in 2016, the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, Germany, reached record results. The world’s leading trade show was more international than ever. Three major topics dominated this IAA: electric mobility, digitization and urban logistics.

Putting efficiency, connectivity and globalization at the center of the IAA presentation, RECARO Automotive Seating, a product group of Johnson Controls, was able to respond to these commercial vehicle megatrends and score with industry experts. The booth was well attended with more than 30 high-ranking representatives from OEM customers, 80 industry experts and several hundreds of truckers and freight forwarders visiting RECARO at this year’s show. “The IAA trade show for commercial vehicles in Hanover was a big success. Trade visitors were extremely interested in our innovations. We had intensive discussions with all important OEMs with agreements for follow up-meetings and with concrete further tasks for RECARO. The media were very interested in our exhibits, too. The joint team from RECARO Automotive Seating and Johnson Controls/Adient has done a tremendous job! The response from the market is very good – this gives the whole team strong momentum”, says David Herberg, executive director RECARO Commercial Vehicle Seating.

RECARO Automotive Seating impressed visitors with innovations for the future of seating: As an innovator and technology leader in commercial vehicle seats, the seat expert presented the expanding portfolio for original equipment and aftermarket products. Among new seats and features, the team exhibited intelligent electric, memory and massage functions, seat covers that can be changed, and an extension of the modular seating platform for the mid-size commercial vehicle market segments in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

EFFICIENCY MEETS CONNECTIVITY

It’s our goal to continuously improve the working conditions for professional drivers in the cabin. At the IAA 2016 in Hannover, we are presenting two innovations for our commercial vehicle seat platform. Through partially automated memory and massage functions, RECARO is further developing the driver’s seat of the future into an intelligent operating interface between man and machine.

With new product and technology solutions for seat covers, textiles and foams, RECARO Automotive Seating optimizes not only seating comfort but workflows for professional drivers. At the IAA 2016 in Hannover, product groups of parent company Johnson Controls are presenting removable seat covers for buses or trucks with frequent driver changes as well as innovative foam and textile technology to improve seat climate and cushioning comfort.

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016 (Image © RECARO)

MORE RELAXED AT THE WHEEL: BACK ADVICE AT THE IAA 2016

There was a special promotion at the IAA booth of RECARO Automotive Seating on September 24, 2016. Visitors were able to get expert tips on ergonomics and advice as to the prevention of back problems in Hall 16, booth C12. They learned how to set up driver’s seats correctly to take strain off their backs and prevent injury.

We hosted the day along with the Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR), an independent institute that concerns itself with the origin and prevention of back pain and offers a decision-making aid for consumers when purchasing back-friendly products.

RECARO hosted the day along with the Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR). (Image © RECARO)

RECARO hosted the day along with the Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR). (Image © RECARO)

RECARO hosted the day along with the Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR). (Image © RECARO)

RECARO hosted the day along with the Campaign for Healthier Backs (AGR). (Image © RECARO)

WELCOME TO RECARO AT THE IAA 2016!

Innovations for the future of seating: A visit to the booth of RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA Commercial Vehicles is worthwhile in any case – this applies to trucking companies and truckers alike as well as representatives of vehicle manufacturers. As an innovator and technology leader in commercial vehicle seats, we will showcase our expanding portfolio for original equipment and aftermarket products at this year’s trade show.

Among other new products and features, we are exhibiting intelligent memory and massage functions, seat covers that can be changed, and an extension of the modular seating platform for the mid-size commercial vehicle market segments in Asia, Europe and the Americas at the trade fair booth in Hall 16, Stand C12, from September 22 to 29, 2016.

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2016

EIGHT AWARDS IN A ROW: RECARO THE MOST FAVORED BRAND IN AUTOMOTIVE SEATING

Eight awards in a row: RECARO is the most favored brand in automotive seating. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Eight awards in a row: RECARO is the most favored brand in automotive seating. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO is the most favored brand in automotive seating: In 2016, RECARO and its premium-quality seats have stood at the top of the podium at eight prestigious industry award ceremonies. Both according to the reader surveys of renowned German-language trade magazines and to the critical assessment of expert juries, the products of RECARO Automotive Seating enjoy by far the greatest degree of trust and respect in the industry. This includes honors in automotive seating as well as race car and commercial vehicle seating.

“Eight prestigious awards in the first half of 2016 alone. That’s really unusual for an accessories product, and it makes us very proud,” said Ingo Fleischer, group vice president and general manager of specialty seating at Johnson Controls, of which RECARO is a product group. “What was most gratifying was that thousands of enthusiastic consumers once again gave us their vote. This is an overwhelming indication of how deeply they trust in the reliability, comfort and ergonomics of RECARO seats.”

Awards 2016:

  • ‘Plus X Award 2016’ innovation prize: seals of approval for Innovation, High Quality, Design and Ergonomics
  • ‘Best brand’ reader survey by ‘Motorsport aktuell’: first place in the Sport Seats category
  • ‘Best brand’ reader survey by ‘Motorsport aktuell’: first place in the Racing Seats/Shells category
  • ‘Best brand’ reader survey by ‘auto motor und sport’: ‘Seat Manufacturer of the Year’
  • ‘Best brand’ reader survey by ’Auto Bild’: first place in the Sport Seats category
  • ’Theo Award 2016’: first place in the Tuning Accessories category
  • Reader survey by the trade magazines ’lastauto omnibus’, ’Fernfahrer’ and ’trans aktuell’: first place in the Commercial Vehicle Seats category
  • ‘Plus X Awards 2016’: ‘Best Product of 2016/2017’ for the RECARO Sport Seat Plattform

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FIESTA! RECARO SEATS ADD TO DRIVING FUN IN THE LIMITED-EDITION ST200

The exclusive RECARO sport seats for the limited-edition Ford Fiesta ST200 offer secure lateral support and optimal feedback. (Image: © Ford of Europe)

The exclusive RECARO sport seats for the limited-edition Ford Fiesta ST200 offer secure lateral support and optimal feedback. (Image: © Ford of Europe)

With the limited-edition ST200, Ford is writing the next chapter of the Fiesta ST success story. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fiesta, the special-edition ST200 will become the most powerful small vehicle in its category: under the hood, electronic optimization means that 200 PS and 290 Nm of torque – and 215 PS and 320 Nm in transient overboost – are waiting to be unleashed by the driver.

An important element of the ST200’s uncompromising sporty driving experience is its exclusive sport seats from RECARO Automotive Seating. RECARO developed the seats by refining the sport seats it had provided for the standard versions of the Ford Fiesta ST models. The ultimate in sportiness thanks to perfect body support is combined with the highest quality workmanship and an exclusive special-edition design. The seats are equipped with two stage seat heating to ensure driver and passenger comfort.

KNOW HOW: A PERFECT VACATION STARTS WITH GOOD POSTURE

Correct seat adjustment is a must before heading out on any road trip in the summer. The seat experts at RECARO Automotive Seating have developed some helpful tips.

Correct seat adjustment is a must before heading out on any road trip in the summer. The seat experts at RECARO Automotive Seating have developed some helpful tips.

It’s almost a classic: the car is packed, everyone is ready for the journey, and off we go to the vacation resort. In this situation, most drivers forget a key factor: if your posture in your vehicle isn’t right, you won’t arrive relaxed at your destination. The seat experts at RECARO Automotive Seating have developed some helpful tips.

Take a couple of minutes and make use of all the different adjustment functions built into your seat to tailor it optimally to your body – it’s worth getting familiar with all the seat controls and preferably also the instruction manual.

An ergonomically ideal seat position is achieved when the body has the best possible support in a relaxed posture. This begins with the seat’s length position: Adjust the seat distance from the pedals so that the knees remain slightly bent while fully depressing the pedals. Set the seat height high enough to ensure you have a clear view of all the instruments and good vision in all directions out of the vehicle.

A key next step is finding the correct backrest angle: To do this, press your pelvis and shoulders as close as possible to the seat back. Adjust the backrest inclination so that the steering wheel can be comfortably gripped in the “9-o’clock-3-o’clock” position, and in the “12-o’clock” position with slightly bent arms.

And don’t forget to adjust the headrest correctly: The top of the headrest should be level with the top of the head. If the tilt of the headrest is adjustable, the distance from the head should be about two finger-widths.

A comprehensive video on correct seat adjustment, including more tips, can be viewed on the RECARO Automotive Seating website: www.recaro-automotive.com/en/videos

RECARO Sport Seat Platform named Automotive Seat of 2016/2017

It does not get better than this: The RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) from RECARO Automotive Seating was named as one of the Best Products of 2016/2017. The Plus X Award, now in its 13th year, is one of world’s biggest innovation prizes for technology, sports and lifestyle products. The Plus X Award jury of independent industry experts had already bestowed their seals of approval for Innovation, High Quality, Design and Ergonomics upon the RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) in February.

“We’re particularly pleased that we’ve now emerged in the overall ranking as the best automotive seat of 2016/2017,” said Michael Schnoor, Director of Engineering at RECARO Automotive Seating, at the award ceremony. “For the RECARO team, the award is a clear signal that we chose the right priorities in concentrating on lightweight design, modularity and customization in developing the RSSP. As a division of the leading global automotive supplier Johnson Controls, we’re setting new standards with the RECARO Sport Seat Platform.”

Representatives of RECARO Automotive Seating were on hand to receive the Plus X Award 2016 for the Recaro Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) on June 23, 2016, in Bonn.

Representatives of RECARO Automotive Seating were on hand to receive the Plus X Award 2016 for the Recaro Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) on June 23, 2016, in Bonn.

Plus X Award – Best Product

Plus X Award – Best Product