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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.

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)

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

RECARO Wins Theo Award 2016 in Accessories Category

Picture: © MAV-Verlag

Picture: © MAV-Verlag

The Theo Award for 2016 in the Accessories Category again goes to RECARO. This marks the third time in a row that the specialist in sporty and ergonomic car seats has received the German car-tuning industry’s most distinguished award.

“We’re delighted to head up this year’s list of favorites in our segment, once again,” says Markus Kussmaul, vice president of sales and marketing at RECARO Automotive Seating. “Remarkably, not only did 63.5 percent of all voters choose RECARO, but we saw a 15.4 percent increase over last year’s achievement. This result is a great sign that our fan base in the tuning scene is continuing to grow.”

Named after tuning legend Theo Dekker, these awards are bestowed every year at the “Tuning World” international exhibition event at Lake Constance. The rankings are decided by the readers of two specialist magazines, Tuning and VW Speed. They vote in various categories to choose the top brands from the tuning sector.

RECARO AT DRIVE-IT DAY IN COLOGNE: THE TOWN HEATS UP FOR CLASSIC CARS

Despite changing weather conditions this past Sunday, a multitude of classic-car owners from all across Germany gathered once again in Cologne to show off their treasures at the Drive-It Day, organized by the MAKK (Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts). The central district was turned into an open-air museum by around 1,000 of these very special works of art. “Despite the unsettled weather, the third edition of Drive-It Day was also very popular, letting us welcome around 10,000 car aficionados,” says Dr. Romana Breuer, Curator at the MAKK. “Especially in times of better weather, many people from around Cologne and across the region were spontaneously inspired to leave their sofas and come see these impressive historical vehicles.”

From families on a Sunday outing to hard-core car buffs, the audience was very diverse. On location, the guests were met by an equally diverse assortment of vehicles. Whether racing cars, muscle cars, compact cars, Unimogs or army jeeps, there was something for every taste. Another highlight was the O.N.S. Porsche 914/6 GT from the year 1971, presented by RECARO as part of a sports car exhibition on the museum’s forecourt. As the first racetrack emergency vehicle in international motorsport, this Porsche was a true pioneer of its time. This brought him a lot of attention at the Drive-It Day (more on this Porsche at http://bit.ly/1SrDq1c). Besides its four-wheeled brand ambassador, RECARO also displayed four sport seats inside the museum: representing three decades, they showed visitors how seating technology and design has changed over time. It was just the right accompaniment to the program of the Drive-It Day 2016 in Cologne.

In the museum, RECARO showed four seats from three decades. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

In the museum, RECARO showed four seats from three decades. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

The diverse audience was impressed by the cars. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

The diverse audience was impressed by the cars. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

The parking lots surrounding the museum were used as exhibition space. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

The parking lots surrounding the museum were used as exhibition space. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Cologne’s central district became a runway for classic beauties. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Cologne’s central district became a runway for classic beauties. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Something for everybody: The racing car side by side with the muscle car. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Something for everybody: The racing car side by side with the muscle car. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Kept race car drivers safe: The O.N.S. Porsche 914/6 GT. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Kept race car drivers safe: The O.N.S. Porsche 914/6 GT. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

“BEST BRANDS”: RECARO AGAIN SELECTED AS BEST IN THE “SPORT SEATS” CATEGORY

Top of the “Sport Seats” category of the “Auto Bild” 2016 “The Best Brands” (© Auto Bild)

Top of the “Sport Seats” category of the “Auto Bild” 2016 “The Best Brands” (© Auto Bild)

RECARO Automotive Seating is again at the top of the “Sport Seats” category of the “Auto Bild” 2016 “The Best Brands” reader poll. This is the second win in a row for RECARO after the category was included in the poll for the first time. For 86 percent of the more than 60,000 participating readers, RECARO, a Johnson Controls product group, is the best sport seat brand of the year. “Sixty thousand participants is a significant number,” said Markus Kussmaul, Vice President Sales and Marketing at RECARO Automotive Seating. “That means the results of the ‘Auto Bild’ poll have particular validity. Being recognized as the best sport seat brand for the second year in a row makes our entire RECARO team very proud. We will of course be working flat out to earn our third victory next year.”

With 86 percent of votes cast, RECARO Automotive Seating dominated the first position in the “Sport Seats” category. Across all product categories, this was the second highest number of votes won. Only one brand, in the “Windshield Wiper” category, was able to achieve a higher percentage.

RECARO CHOSEN AS SEAT MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR FOR THE 11th CONSECUTIVE TIME

RECARO was the winner of the category “Seats/Sport Seats” for the eleventh year in a row (© auto motor und sport)

RECARO was the winner of the category “Seats/Sport Seats” for the eleventh year in a row (© auto motor und sport)

In the “Best Brand” reader poll of “auto motor und sport,” RECARO Automotive Seating continued a fantastic tradition in 2016: With 88.3 percent of the vote, the Johnson Controls product group was the winner of the category “Seats/Sport Seats” for the eleventh year in a row. A total of 115,239 readers participated in the poll this year. “The fact that we have defended our top position in the ‘Sport Seats’ category for 11 years is no reason for us to rest on our laurels,” said Markus Kussmaul, Vice President Sales and Marketing at RECARO Automotive Seating. “On the contrary, we know that the readers of ‘auto motor und sport’ have a great deal of expertise and very high standards – especially when it comes to products relevant to safety such as seats. The great deal of trust that is placed in us is not something we take for granted, and we will do everything in our power to earn this trust over and over again in the future.”

This recognition is acknowledgment of the work of the RECARO team. With 88.3 percent of the 115,239 survey participants, RECARO was the clear winner. The nearest competitor in the category “Seats/Sport Seats” followed in second place with 18.9 percent of the votes, and the third-place winner garnered 12.5 percent. Even when considered across all product categories, only one other brand achieved a higher percentage than RECARO.