VISTEON DEBUTS INFOTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY IN 2020 VW NIVUS CROSSOVER

>> Platform helps supplier move its business forward during challenging business environment

>> New infotainment system part of important secular digital cockpit trend in post COVID-19 world

São Paulo, Brazil – Visteon Corporation, the only global Tier 1 automotive supplier solely focused on the digital cockpit market, has contributed its technical expertise and manufacturing capabilities to provide the infotainment platform for Volkswagen Group’s (VW) new Nivus model for the Brazil market. With its new coupe-style SUV, the automaker debuts VW Play – a pioneering infotainment system for enhanced in-car connectivity, streaming and other services – supported by Visteon.

Developed jointly by VW and Visteon in Brazil, VW Play was created with usability in mind. Delivering a premium user experience, the intuitive interface incorporates customizable control screens, offering a diverse range of connectivity elements, key vehicle information and application notifications.

"Visteon's infotainment solution in the new VW Nivus represents the first instance of our integrated platform approach, delivering enhanced products to our global customer base. This allows Visteon to achieve scale while controlling cost, quality and innovation. With this framework in place, Visteon is extremely optimistic of extended business growth with VW and will help our brands move forward despite the current challenging period for the global auto industry." Sachin Lawande, President and CEO, Visteon

Offering a 10.1-inch in-plane switching display with 1540x720 screen resolution, the touch-panel optically-bonded product is fitted with a ‘split screen’ feature that facilitates user personalization and possesses rear view camera capabilities. The solution provides high-resolution video that looks good from any angle – making Visteon’s in-vehicle infotainment system convenient and accessible to all vehicle occupants.

Initially launching in Brazil, VW Play will subsequently feature in a range of models across global markets.

Connected infotainment technology is among the secular trends in the digital cockpit market that will continue to evolve and provide OEMs value as the industry emerges from near-term challenges caused by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, according to Lawande.

“Traditional OEM systems are very expensive to develop and are limited in their ability to offer downloadable apps and new market-driven features,” he explains. “This innovative infotainment system, on the other hand, offers a much broader app ecosystem and can be more easily upgraded for new capabilities such as voice assistance.”

Visteon’s connected infotainment innovation supporting the VW Play system represents a single element of the automotive technology supplier’s broad line-up of cockpit electronics, offering global OEMs like VW the latest cutting-edge in-car innovation. Visteon’s product line-up incorporates digital instrument clusters, information displays, domain controller platforms and advanced driver assistance systems.

“VW Play starts a new era in connectivity, content streaming and services for Volkswagen. This is the result of teamwork and a reliable partnership between Volkswagen and Visteon, with a total focus on the end consumer – who can enjoy a new digital experience.” Matheus Arantes, Head of Electrical Engineering, Volkswagen Brazil

The secular trends behind the growth of cockpit electronics prior to the pandemic should largely remain intact and continue to drive growth for the industry which, according to Lawande, is why Visteon’s strategy of vertical integration and in-house development of new technology to reduce cost is even more appropriate and relevant in the post-COVID-19 world.

VISTEON ANNOUNCE WILLIAM LAU AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF VISTEON CHINA

Shanghai – Visteon Corporation, a leading supplier of vehicle cockpit electronics, recently announced William Lau’s appointment as managing director of Visteon China. He will be responsible for Visteon China strategy, product and business operation.

With more than 30 years of experience in the auto industry, Lau is an expert in air control, instrumentation, safety, autonomous driving and infotainment product electronics. He is also experienced in enterprise management. From 2016 to 2019, Lau was the general manager of Shanghai Visteon Electronics Co., and Yanfeng Visteon Investment Co., Ltd.

Before joining Visteon, Lau worked at Delphi Group as engineering executive director and telematics and ADAS managing director of their Asia Pacific electronics and safety division. He has also previously worked at Delco Electronics in the U.S., and returned to China in 1999 with Shanghai Delco Electronic Instrument R&D Center, where he was engineering director.

“We will continue to provide leading technology and products in China. We are striving to grow rapidly and provide a safer user experience for our customers. We are driving the cockpit electronics revolution through digital and integrated solutions.” William Lau, Managing Director, Visteon China

Enjoying a presence in the country for nearly 27 years, today China is Visteon’s fastest-growing market. Supporting its mission to enable a rich driving experience in a safe and convenient manner, Visteon is bringing advanced technologies and high-quality products to vehicle manufacturers in China. Visteon also serves the China market through joint ventures, with 10 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers and a customer service center.

VISTEON DELIVERS DIGITAL INNOVATION WITH LATEST CLUSTER IN KIA SONET

Despite continued uncertainty that has affected industries globally, 2020 has proved a promising year of development for Visteon in India, with product launches and vehicle line support adding to a burgeoning number of automaker models incorporating the company’s latest in-car electronics technology.

Following its debut of hybrid cluster technology in the country’s top-selling Hyundai Creta earlier this year, Visteon now delivers a cutting-edge cockpit solution for the Kia Sonet on regional markets.

Building on a flourishing relationship which was elevated with the digital cluster supplied to Kia’s popular Seltos model in 2019, Visteon now augments the customer’s compact SUV with a 4.2-inch multi-function interface that provides a display with vivid color and clarity, as well as critical driver information to the user including turn-by-turn navigation.

“Instrument clusters are becoming increasingly digitized and play a key part in the wider industry trend of bigger, higher-resolution and immersive displays that are proliferating the cockpit. Visteon looks to lead the transition in this space and providing the first digital cluster to Kia's compact SUV is another significant step that establishes our commitment to delivering advanced cockpit electronics solutions in a major region for automotive.” Aashish Bhatia, President, Visteon India

Manufactured at Visteon's plant in Chennai, India, the Sonet's thin-film transistor (TFT) possesses a digital type speedo gauge with LED-based illumination gauges, while product functionality also delivers a tire pressure monitoring system and drive/fraction mode selection.

Other mechanical highlights for the cluster include a three-applique design, hidden pointer, and 3D effect on screen printing.

 
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