Visteon's New Vehicle Concept Makes its North American Debut at 2013 International CES

     Visteon's New Vehicle Concept Makes its North American Debut at 2013
                              International CES

Automotive supplier's e-Bee concept demonstrates a vision for mobility in 2020

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Representing Visteon Corporation's
(NYSE:VC) vision of mobility in the year 2020, the e-Bee vehicle concept is
designed to explore new and alternative ways of using a vehicle, including
car-sharing, private ownership and short-term rental. Using touch
display-based controls and Cloud-centered profile storage, the e-Bee's
features are designed to be immediately familiar and intuitive for each
individual user.

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Fully compatible with electric vehicle and hybrid platforms, the e-Bee
demonstrates intelligent mobility – gathering and disseminating useful
driving-related data, acting as part of a wider mobility-enabling network and
integrating technology and design that is simple, flexible and frugal.

The technologies featured in the e-Bee concept range from advanced development
to application- and commercialization-ready. The vehicle will be available to
customers and media members at the Visteon booth (CP#20) in the Central Plaza
during CES.

The e-Bee challenges conventional vehicle architecture by rethinking the
position of the climate system, resulting in reduced weight and a
substantially increased cabin space. The integrated climate module combines
the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit with the refrigerant
system, including an energy-efficient heat pump. Its position outside the
cabin allows for new interior design options including an easy user experience
with the vehicle's electronics and comfort features, designed to mitigate

"From its driver interface to its compact and innovative climate system, the
e-Bee is an exercise in efficient, forward-looking design for new mobility
uses," said Tim Yerdon, Visteon's global director of innovation. "This is just
the second leg of a world tour where we're showcasing the vehicle at customer
and industry events. The e-Bee will be the centerpiece in Visteon's
discussions with customers and partners about future technology trends and

Defined User Experience
The e-Bee's driver interface consists of a set of three displays: a main
display for journey information and two smaller screens with touch-sensing
capability. The touch screens are located within easy fingertip distance on
either side of the steering wheel, providing simple and immediate interaction
with both vehicle controls and social connections. The car also features a
projected head-down display for accessing basic driving information. In place
of the traditional rear-view mirror, a display shows images from a panamorphic
180-degree rear-view camera.

Complete and Immediate Personalization
Designed to address the needs of each individual user, the e-Bee offers
personalization on three levels:

  oBy region:Using a global base interior structure, the control
    architecture can be customized for each region. This allows for unique
    regional preferences regarding display types, storage options and
    perceived quality tastes.
  oBy individual owner:An ideal environment can be created by adding a range
    of 'physical apps' – or clip-on modules – each providing a style element
    and a particular function. These can include cup holders, wireless
    charging devices, cameras and other items.
  oBy individual user:A set of preferences for each user can be stored in
    the Cloud and retrieved when the driver enters the car. These preferences
    are used to define the look, colors and layout of the display-based
    human-machine interaction (HMI), ensuring that e-Bee's interface will
    always be immediately intuitive and familiar for users who alternate
    between cars.

Improved Passenger "Life on Board"
Each occupant has access to a door-mounted control module, allowing for
control of the climate system and individual climate zones, as well as a
personal headrest-mounted audio system. Audio content can be played from a
Bluetooth® wireless technology-enabled personal device set in its own wireless
charging bay in the door.

Compatible with electric and hybrid vehicles, the HVAC system is focused on
'smart energy' management and a positive user experience. Features of the
system include an electric compressor, pre-conditioning and a cooled shopping
box in the trunk. For user comfort, there is a gentle air diffusion feature, a
cluster ion generator and a fragrance auto diffusion system.

Free Architecture
With driver priorities in mind, the cockpit space is maximized for occupants –
the result of fundamentally re-thinking the technical elements of the
interior. The EV-ready HVAC system is located in the engine compartment; the
airbags are positioned in the headliner; and the driver displays and controls
are supported locally by a structure of composite material, rather than a
full-steel cross-car beam.

Interior Sustainability
The e-Bee's interior is designed for sustainability. It incorporates recycled
and bio-based resin and natural fiber hybrid materials and also uses
recyclable expanded polypropylene material to reduce vehicle weight.

Additionally, the car has digital decoration (laser etching) on hard parts,
in-mold decoration for the touch screens and thin film overmolding, and
demonstrates Visteon's InSkin process – all of which provide differentiation
without re-tooling parts.

High-resolution images and videos are available

About Visteon

Visteon is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and
manufactures innovative climate, electronics and interior products for vehicle
manufacturers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.);
Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; the company has facilities in 28
countries and employs approximately 22,000 people. Learn more

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