Visteon and 3M unveil Growth Market Car in India

The C-Beyond, a concept vehicle from Visteon and 3M, was unveiled today in India.

The customizable C-Beyond is designed for a growth market. Visteon and 3M

Visteon and 3M today unveiled the C-Beyond concept to the market in India. This is the second Growth Market Car collaboration between the two companies.

Visteon brings numerous innovative options to the C-Beyond, including a compact heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit with thinner heat exchangers that take up less room in the interior. Electronics options include a scalable instrument cluster with an electronic or mechanical integrated control panel. A customizable instrument panel can be full-size or two-thirds size, depending on which consumers prefer. And "a rear-facing fan on the back of the center console cost-effectively eliminates the need for separate rear-seat ducts," the company said in a statement. Specially designed halogen front lighting "features dynamic bending for 'seeing' around turns."

Options from 3M include customizable interior trim, exterior paint protection, and a variety of vehicle graphics. 3M also offers lighting and audio options.

"Visteon conducted extensive research to better identify the mobility wants and needs of today's consumers in India," said Tim Yerdon, Visteon global director of innovation and design. "New automotive solutions were born from these findings and, together with [technology from] 3M, were integrated into this demonstration car to share with manufacturers, so they can consider implementing these technologies in future models."

The innovative vehicle was featured at CES in January as one of the cars of the future.

About the author

Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.

 

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